The Mojave river isn't all sand. I have never seen another human on this stretch riparian habitat. No trash at all, only tresures.
Meow, momma kitty
and baby came in for drink of water.
The Folgers stove is pretty old, but not nearly as old as the Sierra Club Cup next to it. I keep these in my get home bag
which doubles as a spur-of-the-moment long day hike bag.
It will provide a steaming hot cup of coffee in 30 degree, snow flurry, conditions in about 5 minutes without WindTamer. The Sun Vista stove is a new addition. A can of Sterno costs about $2.50 by the case from Amazon. The stove, Sterno and one cup of rice weigh about the same as a full, small size Isobutane can and stove and take up the same amount of space. Coffee, Sterno, oatmeal and lighter all fit inside of the can.
There are advantages and disadvantages of each.
My Sun Vista stove cost around $1.40. The downside here was that I had to eat all those beans! Sterno fuel does heat slowly, but the real cost of this system is less than $2.00. One can of GasOne can run $9.00 or more. And then there is the cost of the stove. Many newbies to camping don't have a high-end budget.
Cheap Eats on the trail. Rice pre-soak, soup in a can, Jiffy corn bread, oatmeal
I'm told that its not a great idea to pack canned food for backpacking. Maybe not for a long haul on the Appalachian trail. But for a weekender I don't have a problem with that. The difference between a can of Progresso clam chowder and a packet of Mountain House food is what? The Progresso cost $3.00 and comes in a can of two servings. A Mountain House any meal can cost $9-10.00 for 2 servings, and I can eat both servings all by myself after hiking off 4000 calories today with miles to go tomorrow. One comes in a can and the other has a foil pouch. One needs only to be warmed up with just a bit of fuel while the other needs to have water added and a lot of fuel to cook. Plus time. They both are packed in disposable containers but the Progresso can will double as a cooking pan for the next morning breakfast of oatmeal.