S'More Fine & Dandy Feelings Round Summer Campfires
"Women eat ice-cream, men toast marshmallows."
- Dianna Hardy, Cry Of The Wolf
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Tonight, I'll enjoy the first three nights sleeping under
the stars at Whiteface Mountain in New York's Adirondacks.
Two days from today, Sunday, July 27th, the annual Lake
Placid Ironman Triathlon takes over the town, and while
I will not be competing in this year's event, I will be
doing some serious spectating, cheering on friends from
my local northern New Jersey Glen Rock triathlon club.
Lake Placid, New York is the site of America's upset
victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
The United States team went on to win Gold that year,
but for me, nothing beats the thrill of watching
three thousand athletes swim 2.4 miles and then bike
112 miles followed by a 26.2 mile marathon run. The
Triathlon race begins at 7 AM, and officially ends
seventeen hours later at midnight. During that interval
of time, thousands of athletes pay the price and collapse
at the finish line and experience the post-race fun of
having one or more pints of intravenous fluids dripped
into their veins.
I've watched the race before, and cry each time a runner
crosses the finish line. As he or she does, announcer Mike
Reilly broadcasts something like, "Congratulations Jane
Smith, number 3290 from Yonkers, New York, you are an
Ironman". The emotion of the moment is addictive, and
shared by all.
On Friday and Saturday nights, I'll be at the campgrounds
enjoying vegan hot dogs which will finish with vegan
s'mores, those impossible to resist campfire treats
composed of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate.
Most marshmallows include gelatin derived from animal bones
and animal cartilage. Not exactly vegan fare. Thanks to
Chicago Vegan Food company, vegans can enjoy a cruelty-free
alternative, Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. On July 2, 2014,
I read a P.R. Newswire press release from Dandie's. Their
product has just received a non-GMO rating. In other words,
the soy powder and lecithin used to make their marshmallows
do not come from genetically modified plants.
I buy my vegan marshmallows at Whole Foods.
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"Keep close to Nature"' heart...and break clear away,
once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week
in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
- John Muir
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