So, what do you eat when you’re on the trail for three weeks? A lot of dehydrated food. It’s lightweight, it packs small, and after ten miles or so, it actually tastes pretty good. But taste is definitely the third attribute, in order of importance.
Most dehydrated food is store-bought. But I’ve just finished my first try at dehydrating my own dinner. It’s one of my favorite dishes, Chipotle Chicken and Rice. It dehydrated pretty well, using a commercial dehydrator. Part of the learning curve is figuring out how long to dry the food. I’ll leave the results of my first attempt in a sealed plastic bag for a week or so, then take a good look at it. If I didn’t dry it long enough, it should go bad well before then.
UPDATE: I tried the rehydrated dish today (5/2), and it was great–very well preserved! So, it looks like we’ve got a winner.
One of the interesting things about backpacking in the Sierras is that, because there are bears in the mountains, you have to carry a bear canister.
A bear canister is a container for your food, toiletries, and any other items with a scent. The idea is that the bears can’t get to your food when it’s in the canister. Often you can’t either, or at least it may seem that way when you’re off the trail after a tough day of hiking and just want something to eat. A large canister can hold enough food to last one person a week.
When I resupply David this summer, I’ll be bringing him a week’s worth of food each time. That will be an adventure of its own, since some resupply points are drive-ups and some will require an overnight backpack to do.
Today, April 21, is John Muir’s birthday. He was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions.
His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. One of the best-known hiking trails in the U.S., the 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, was named in his honor. From Wikipedia.
When David starts his hike on July 30, Liza will update his progress on the Progress Map page (listed above). For now, the map shows the route and the plan for the hike, with tent icons for each day’s camping spot, and treasure chest icons for the three resupply points on the hike.
You can sponsor David by contributing to The Alliance. Be part of the coolest thing that will happen this summer!