Manathon XIIIs: What we ate

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Meal time during a Manathon is a mini adventure in itself. Each cooking and consuming portion is a mixture between the reality shows “Fear Factor” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” If you are a picky eater, you may want to bring along a few granola bars.

Manathon Meal

In the past we have experimented with different types of wild game that I am able to get my hands on. My father-in-law, who writes over at, has supplied us with bear sausage and other wild game. A friend donated venison for chili one winter manathon. To the pot we have also added grey squirrel, and this summer, snapping turtle.

Hot water

Not all meals are that “gamy.” In the Boundary Waters we have several staples around which we build every meal:

  1. Sausage from Menards (it comes in pound packages that you can buy for $1. Tough to beat)
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Dehydrated potatoes
  4. Rice
  5. Pancakes
  6. Hot Chocolate

Take one, or all, of those elements and you can make any breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Normally we pack in a package of Bar S Franks for the sentimentality factor since it is never considered a true activity until we pull out the “cheapest package of hotdogs manufactured.”

The goal is not gormet, but with the right grease fire or hail storm, any meal can be memorable.


Manathon SausageManathon mealManathon pancakes