This past week, in addition to our usual training at the gym and hiking, we added trying out the food we will be eating on the trail. For the last 5 days, we ate the foods we will be taking with us, and cooked it on our camp stove, even ate it out of our camp bowls with our sporks.
Now, we did not eat as much food as we will be eating on the trail. There is no way we can pack in that many calories with our normal daily activities, no matter how stressful my last week of work got. (Just kidding, it wasn’t that bad.) So, we were just trying out the types of foods, to see what we really liked, what got old fast, etc.
Here’s what I ate:
Breakfast: protein granola bars
Lunch: Cheezits, peanut butter, cheddar cheese
Dinner: instant mashed potatoes most nights, and one night instant mac and cheese, with the following mixed in for variety: turkey jerky, chia seeds, pea protein powder, green food powder (lots of wheatgrass, spirulina, and other veggies), freeze dried green beans
Snacks: freeze dried apples, snap pea crisps, peanut butter
Jason ate a variation of the same, only with beef jerky and bacon jerky (yes, that is a thing, very salty!).
Here’s what I learned:
- I still could eat Cheezits every day of the week, but I don’t like them with peanut butter.
- I don’t mind a spoonful of peanut butter for a mid-morning snack.
- I quite enjoy using slices of cheese as “crackers” for the peanut butter for lunch (Instead of Cheezits, because those are just too delicious to eat with anything else. I may have a problem!)
- I much preferred instant mashed potatoes to instant mac and cheese (this may surprise many).
- Jerky isn’t so bad mixed in with stuff.
- Freeze dried green beans are quite good and soften up in mashed potatoes.
- We learned the best technique to stir water into instant mashed in a bowl that it just barely fits into (add a little powder, add a little water, repeat until full).
- I did like the taste of the green food powders I was trying out. I’ll get a large bottle of it to divvy out in our food boxes to mail.
- It takes about two days for my stomach to adjust to this new diet.
- I’m gonna need a lot more snacks!
Another bit of training I’ve done that I haven’t yet mentioned is earning my orienteering badge –learning to use a compass, successfully read and better understand maps, and navigate a trail better. Jason is really an old pro at this, having earned his badge in boy scouts long ago, and can navigate quite well on and off trail in the world.
I, on the other hand, will admit, not so much. But I have successfully learned, I think, we’ll see; or hopefully, we’ll never have to see.
So, we have just about everything sold, stored, or packed into our car now. Next week we’ll be hitting the road! We’re driving to Oregon to drop off our car and stuff.
Fun stops we’re looking forward to on our road trip include the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, Badlands of South Dakota, and Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone. Stayed tuned!
Any recommendations of things to see and do, places to eat? We’ll be taking the northern route, a lot of I-90.
See you on the road!