Season of Bonfires and Tailgate Parties

| 9/24/2015 9:36:00 AM

Country MoonAhhh, September ushers in a cooler, quieter pace than summer’s frantic rush. OK, I understand that if you live in the Midwest, summer just arrived for us about a month ago and now it’s gone. Nevertheless, early fall definitely has its perks. It gives us time to take a breather and enjoy the out-of-doors before we get pushed in the rush of holiday mode.

Bonfires and tailgate parties are a great way to wind down the lazy summer days and ease into fall. There is no better way to gather friends round and have a good time with little to no expense. You can buy the fancy bonfire rings, but a circle of ordinary field rock works just as well. All you need is a space to keep the fire contained.

We have an old slab of cement where we placed rocks that works great. There is space to the side to stack the wood and for the chairs and nothing has to be moved to mow. My cousin Dick fashioned a rather unique bonfire pit that safeguards children and pets from getting burned.

He took landscaping rock and made the perimeter. Then around the top he made the layer a foot wide so little ones could not fall into the fire or step into it accidentally. It keeps the fun in the night but reduces the danger.

Of course while you are telling ghost stories and singing campfire songs, thoughts of campfire food come to mind. Roasted hotdogs and S’Mores are classic fare, but sometimes it is fun to put a new twist on things.


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