Last night had a bright gibbous moon and in combination with my firelight, I really didn't need anything else in order to see fairly well. Undaunted, I was still eager to try out a new headlamp I'd purchased to take to Iraq. My previous two headlamps had both been "opportunistically relieved of my possession:" one during a party at Pitt and another at JRTC in January. This new one is a Princeton Tec like my first one, but a cheaper/lighter model with a red LED that only needs 2 AAAs. I sewed a nametape on the headband so hopefully this one doesn't walk off like its predecessors.
stainless steel camp cup has split 3/4" along a seam, but it still performed well for making a pack of ramen noodles. Straining the cooked noodles took some creativity, though. I used a nalgene bottle to push the hot noodle-water out the sides like a leaky piston.
Tonight's beverage is Brother Thelonious. North Coast brewery donates a portion the sales of this brew to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. So off the bat, that's a pretty cool tie-in. The beer itself is a strong dark Belgian-style ale. It pours with a rich, mahogany color with strong raisin flavors, including a relative sweetness. This flavor profile masks the 9.4% ABV very well and makes it pretty good for sipping. I would get this again and may do a side by side comparison with Maudite in the future.