Renaissance Dad: The Family That Camps Together Cramps Together

Renaissance Dad: The Family That Camps Together Cramps Together

I originally intended to title this article, “The Collected Wisdom of an Outdoorsman,” but made the mistake of mentioning that to my wife, who felt that it might sound a tad presumptuous.

At least, I think that was what she was saying. She can be hard to understand when she’s rolling on the floor laughing like that.

Still, having spent much of my youth camping, hunting and fishing, I have gleaned some unique skills and tips that I feel it’s my duty to pass on to the next generation of camping families.

To read the rest of this article, pick up a copy of the March 2020 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy below.

Perry P. Perkins is a third-generation chef, award-winning writer, and culinary instructor. He lives with his family in Longview, and operates the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, for at-risk and under-served youth. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including sixteen “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies. He is also a reoccurring guest-chef on AM Northwest. More of Perry’s work can be found on Amazon at, and his cooking blog at

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