Along with camping and boating, the Hollings became adept at recognizing edible wild foods and cooking under primitive conditions. Not to be outdone when Holling was away from camp, Lucille became motivated to study wild foods, including mushrooms, and create her own recipes. At times, the Hollings did live off the land, killing animals for food—never for sport. This is why they also lived for a while in 1922 with Native Americans to learn how they interacted with the environment.
In 1922, they lived with the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and wrote: