11 days until we head out. And boy, have we been busy.
Amidst making an entire summers’ worth of food, prepping all of our resupplies, and trying to squeeze in some hiking before we go, we’ve just moved as well. We started the moving process eager to organize and pare down but by the end of it were tempted to set everything on fire and just restart from nothing when we get home. But it’s done. Everything made it, mostly unscathed. And we no longer look like we live in an episode of Doomsday Preppers.
Several people have asked about what we’re doing in terms of food. There are a couple different strategies that hikers use when attempting long trails like the PCT – some mail themselves food along the way and some resupply in trail towns using foods that are quick and easy to make on the trail. Most do some combination of the two, us included. Because we knew we’d be miserable eating Top Ramen and macaroni and cheese on a daily basis, because a lot of the trail towns have limited supplies to choose from, and because we’re far too lazy to want to worry about cooking meals when we’re out on the trail, we’ve opted to make the majority of our meals at home and then mail them to ourselves along the way. Doing it this way means a lot of work upfront making, dehydrating, and packaging meals properly, but should pay off big time on the trail when all we have to do is add water and heat it up.
Dehydrating enough food for two hungry hungry hikers to eat for almost 5 months has been a pretty big job. We’ve had two dehydrators running around the clock. There have been many nights of broken sleep, up and down every hour or so to check the progress of the food. It’s been a bit like what I imagine having a newborn is like except our experience entailed (almost) no crying. At any rate, we are just about finished. We started out with the plan to make just our dinners and buy supplies for quick and easy breakfasts and lunches when we hit trail towns because we didn’t want to mess with the stove during the day. But once the dinners were done we started experimenting with meals well suited to cold rehydration (spreads, pasta/quinoa salads, basically anything you would serve cold) and have been beefing up our resupply packages with some lunches as well as dehydrated fruit rings and fruit leathers. And because it’s important to us to spend some money in these trail towns that are so supportive of PCT hikers, we’ll be buying all of our breakfasts, snacks, and perishables along the way.
I’m no photographer, so you’ll have to trust me when I saw it all tastes much better than it looks.
We know a lot of people have questions, so feel free to post them in the comments here and we’ll try to hit them all before we hit the trail!