I'm going hiking.
Next week I'm heading out into the Sierras with the intention to walk from Donner Pass to Mt. Whitney. And then continue on, if I feel like it. It's been a long, hard year full of... well, mostly just waiting to get back on the trail. Now the time is here and I can hardly believe it. I have no words.
But I have lots of words about food. I am a much wiser resupply-box-maker at this point in my life than I was just a few years ago. The number one lesson I learned about packing food from our thru-hike last year is not to pack too much! We were constantly overloaded with food, mostly due to pre-hike stress and an uncertainty about how much, really, are we gonna eat. It worked out great for hikers behind us who happily accepted our stale, homemade date bars and dehydrated curry.
This time around, I've got more of a 'laissez-faire' attitude about my food boxes. Whatever happens to jump into box #4 is what I'm going to eat for that section. And if it's not enough, I'll buy some tortillas and Clif bars from the gas station. No big deal. Plus, my mom will probably send chocolate.
Okay, but nutrition is important. I'm not gonna walk 400 miles on Clif bars and tortillas. Here is what I've actually packed to cover my bases.
Breakfast includes homemade granola (full of oats, nuts and seeds), alternated with oatmeal. I like to add dried fruit like strawberries or cherries (pictured below) to my morning cereal. Then there's the good ole mocha! Organic, non-GMO, powdered soy milk with hot chocolate powder, mixed up with some Starbucks instant coffee. Delish.
The possibilities here are endless. Of course, there are the bars - Luna bars, Pro bars, Fig bars, random Grocery Outlet bars, sesame snaps. In addition, pictured here are dried apples and strawberries, peanut-butter pretzels (addictive), and a bar of chocolate. Snack options not pictured here include trail mix, dried mango and cherries, figs, dates, apricots, Clif bars, corn chips, etc.
Plus, a chocolate coconut-milk-treat to drink in town.
For me, hot lunch is an every-other-day type thing. I like soup like Split Pea or Corn Chowder, or random noodle soup. Looks like my noodle soup here will include year-old-soba noodles (leftover from one of last year's over-flowing resupply boxes) with perhaps some miso flavoring or a half cube of vegetable broth. Then I'll throw in those dehydrated zucchini and cabbage pieces. Mud likes to add peanut butter and coconut cream to thicken it up a little, then he calls it Pad Thai.
For a quick, no-cook lunch, I'll supplement this with some tortillas from the gas station at whatever town. Then I can spread the chocolate-hazelnut butter on the tortilla, maybe throw some nuts or dried fruit on top, and wrap it up. I'll probably also mix my instant hummus with water and spread that over another tortilla.
Dinner is just the best! No question. Here, we have 5 homemade dehydrated meals, plus some herbal tea. These meals include two vegetable curries with brown rice, lentil-sloppy-joe fixings with brown rice, a bean, rice and sweet potato meal, and then a noodle with butternut squash sauce meal.
Then I'll probably have some chocolate for desert.
And that's it! I'll keep you updated along the way to let you know how my 'less is more' resupply strategy is going. My intention is to write blog posts more frequently (and better!) than last year. So we'll see how that goes. And yes, I'm going by myself. And yes, I'll be fine. And yes! I'll be writing trip reports for an up-and-coming website called Sidewalk.
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Other Neat Things:
My friends Harpo and Groucho are some bad-ass thru-hiking vegans. Read their blog here.
Idyllwild is a favorite trail town for many PCT hikers. This online magazine has featured a few hikers and also keeps up with mountain-town happenings.
Future Dad is thru-hiking the Pacific Crest, Te Aurora and Appalachian Trails back-to-back-to-back, all in one year! He's also a really awesome story teller. Read his stories here.