Megan & Michael Take to the Road

Morning in the mountains

Traveling North America, Megan McDuffie and Michael van Vliet wanted to cook rich interesting meals like the ones they made back home, but modified for a camping lifestyle. The result of that endeavor is their blog and culinary resource called “Fresh Off The Grid.”

By Latria Graham

Megan McDuffie and Michael van Vliet did something most people only dream of. Tired of their desk jobs and relegating their love of the outdoors to short weekend trips, the couple decided to quit their jobs, sell most of their belongings and travel North America in their dark green 2001 Ford Focus hatchback. Eventually, they grew tired of traditional camping foods like hotdogs and hamburgers. They wanted to cook rich interesting meals like the ones they made back home, but modified for a camping lifestyle. The result of that endeavor is their blog and culinary resource called “Fresh Off The Grid.”

“We think about how to cook with two burners and not have a lot of dishes” Michael explains. “At
the time, we didn’t have refrigeration, we didn’t have a cooler or anything, so we had to use a lot of
shelf stable ingredients, which is also helpful for people that are traveling, so it was a lot of criteria. We
wanted these recipes to work and be healthy and to be things we would not get bored of…”

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