|The awesomeness that I consumed on the trail|
So, anyway I just wanted to share what I had on the trail. We headed out to the lower Nantahala National Forest in NC and tried out the Standing Indian Loop trail I had heard great things about this trial so it was on my to-do list. Since we're late in the season I wanted to make sure I had at least one warm meal for Saturday since I knew it would be a long day. The early weather forecasts had called for highs in the 40's and lows in the 20's, which then switched to highs in the mid 60's and lows in the upper 40's. That sounded much better but what we got was something completely different. We ended up with a persistant fog, wind, and moisture that must have added about 10 lbs of weight to my back. The fog destroyed any chance for any type of scenic view but I was content getting on the trail.
Alright, so, yeah I was talking about my meals. Since I actually planned this for October and not November I had my meals sitting in a freezer until it was time to go. I ended up weighing the pouch before leaving and realized it was still a little hefty at 2lbs but I'll work on cutting weight in the future. I was happy with what I had so I can complain and it sure beat the typical freeze dried crap or tasteless oatmeal that I used to eat long ago and crashed halfway through the morning.
Friday night I just had some cashews and some clean chocolate chips. We were starting after dark so I made sure I had dinner in me beforehand. I also gulped down a coconut water before I got to the trailhead to ensure hydration and boost the potassium.
Saturday morning I had 3 pickled eggs and some pre-cooked bacon and my infamous coconutter squares. I also enjoyed a nice hot black tea. The vinegar in the eggs is a real boost in the mornings!
Saturday lunch I had dehydrated some sweet potatoes (see previous post) which turned pretty much into chips (or could be reconstituted into mash potatoes if you wanted), some Applegate Farms Salami slices, some homemade jerky, and another chunk of coconutter. I munched on my cashew/chip mix throughout the day to keep some fats rolling and replenish the salt that steadily dripped off of me.
Dana Carpender's 500 Paleo Recipes. It consisted of ground beef, spinach, eggs, garlic, onion, sundried tomatoes, salt and pepper. I might be missing a couple of other items but if anyone wants to know the full process for this, just let me know and I'll add an entry on it. So I made a huge batch for this back in October, scooped out a portion for a king after a long day hike, and added it to the dehydrator for a few hours until it was nice and crispy. I then vac sealed it and tossed it in the freezer to make sure it kept well until my trip. When it came time to eat I just added about a cup of boiling water and let it sit for a few minutes. I was too impatient and started eating and a few morsels were crunchy but it tasted great.
I also wanted to have a little desert. So, I grabbed one of those organic baby food pouches. Yeah it may be a little hefty for the Ultralight crowd but it tasted great. Sometimes I will allow the extra weight for a little comfort. That's why I have a pack pillow. I survived for years on ziploc bags crammed with clothes but I am a big boy now and I carry a pillow. Shut up. Yeah I eat baby food too! Giggle all you want they're really tasty and I use them all the time on my day hikes.
Of course Sunday morning I stuck by my old standby with pickled eggs and bacon and whatever else I hadn't consumed already. There's nothing like an empty pack on the way out of the trail especially when your ankles and calves are banged up from the previous days, any load off the back is worthwhile.
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