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Joseph Cottam
City: Bloomington
State: Indiana
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 3, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jun 1st, 2009
Start: Bloomington
End: Bloomington
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 194
Journal Visits: 2,958
Guestbook Views: 60
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Food Stufs

This is my first multi-day trip in a long time, and my first backpacking trip of over 2 days...ever! I've done base-camps before and what-have-you, but the "thru-hike thing" is an adventure. Even though the Knobstone pales in length, difficulty and complication when compared with the PCT, I think these experience model what to expect. Ask me if I still stand by that in a few months.

Neva and I did the grocery shopping today. Well, most of it at least. A few things were forgotten (one good reason to prepare early). We dehydrated some things yesterday (cooked beans and lentils) and are doing more today (veggies of various varieties). After my dear sweat wife got the food dehydrating, I set to bagging the individual meals. Its a lot of took me two hours and that is for just four days; doing so for a a multi-month trip is mind boggling. This is definitely a more complicated food regimen than is required, but many choices were made to experiment and explore the options. Then I'll know a bit more about what I like than if I did just the minimum (PB, dried fruit, oat meal). Below is a run-down of the food stuffs. I'll probably revise this with ratings (at least "Repeat" or "Scrap-Heap") after the trip. These recipes were collected from "Simple foods for the Pack", One Pan Wonders, and Neva's personal best recipes. Many have been slightly adapted (because that's the best way).

All told, this measures out to 7.5lbs of food. A bit higher than the common suggestion of 2lbs per day, but not impossibly out of range.

Day 1

Cheeseburger: A last kiss from "civilization"

Clam Chowder
½ c dehydrated potatoes (or 1 baked potato)
¼ c milk powder
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp celery flakes
1 tsp dill weed
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chicken bouillon
6 ½ oz minced clams (with juice...should be 1 can)

At home: Pack all but clams in a zip-lock bag
In Camp: Slowly add 4c water to bag contents in a pot. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat, simmer from 3-5 minutes. Stir in clams and juice

Day 2:

Drop Scones
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup unbleached white flour
2 tbsp buttermilk powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbstp butter
1 egg (optional)

At home: Combine dry ingredients, then mix in butter by rubbing.
In Camp: Add egg and 3/4-1 cup of water (make a thick batter). Drop by spoonfuls onto a hot, greased frying pan. Flip when bubbling. Brown on each side.

Black-eyed Peas & Basil Salad (No cooking in camp!)
1/3 cup (cooked) dried black-eyed peas
1 tablespoon dried roasted red peppers
1 teaspoon dried celery
½ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
pinch sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil
Flat breads (optional)

At home: Combine all of the dry ingredients in a zip locking plastic bag. Place the vinegar and oil in a screw top container.

In camp: Add just enough water to cover the salad, allow to rehydrate. Stir in the oil and vinegar just before eating.

Lentil Tacos
¼ cup Lentils
2 tsp carrot shreds
2 tsp dry onion flakes
2 tsp minced dry onion
2 tsp Taco seasoning
Flat breads

At home: Set aside lentils. Mix all other ingredients.
In camp: Cover lentils with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Simmer lentils for 20 minutes on low heat (keep moist). Add dry ingredients. Heat through and eat on flat bread.

Day 3:

Soaked Cereal (No cooking in camp)

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup rolled wheat
2/3 cup milk powder (optional)
Unsweetened coconut
Dried apples

At home: Combine in a zip-lock bag
In Camp: At night, mix with 3 cups cold water, cover and let sit until morning. Serve cold (or warm by heating, mix constantly). Sweeten to taste.

Elwha Lentil Tapenade
¼ cup (cooked) dried lentils
½ t vegetable or chicken bouillon
¼ t garlic powder

1 T dried tomatoes, cut tiny
1 T dried hummus
1 packet True Lemon©
1 t dried parsley
black pepper to taste
1 ½ tsp olive oil
20 Triscuits

At home: Combine everything dry in a zip locking plastic bag.
In camp: Add oil and just enough water to cover. Squish the bag to make sure the water gets distributed evenly. Set aside for 5 minutes to rehydrate. Squish bag again and spoon the tapenade onto crackers or breads to serve.

Moroccan Couscous
2/3 cup couscous
2 tbsp dried chives
2 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp bouillon
3 garlic cloves
6-8oz sun-dried diced tomatoes (diced)
Pistachios or pine nuts

At Home: Combine ingredients in a zip-lock bag
In Camp: Cook with 1 cup boiling water. Let sit 10 minutes, fluff with a fork.

Caramel Apple Popcorn
3 tablespoons popcorn
3 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package instant hot apple cider
1 teaspoon powdered butter flakes
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 dried apple rings, chopped fine

At home: combine the apple cider mix, butter flakes, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg and apples in a snack-size zip locking plastic bag. Carry the vegetable oil in a screw top plastic container. Carry the popcorn separately.
In camp: Add oil to your pan. When the oil is ready, add the popcorn and cover with the pan’s lid. Shake shake shake! Listen. When the popcorn is done popping, toss with the sugar and spices. STIR! If you don't stir well right away, the sugar will melt in a clump in the bottom of your pan.

Day 4:

Apple Crisp
¼ lb dried apples
½ tsp cinnamon
squeeze of lemon
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup whole wheat flower
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp honey
¼ tsp salt

At home: Combine apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice in a zip-lock bag. In a separate zip-lock, combine dry ingredients.
In Camp: Soak apple mixture in 1½ -2 cups water fro 10 minutes. Put apples in a pot. Add dry mixture to the top. Cover and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes (a heat diffuser is suggested.

Cranberry Orange Couscous
1/3 cup couscous
2 packets True Orange
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 tablespoon almonds, chopped
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon powdered milk

At home: put everything in a zip locking plastic bag.
In camp: add enough hot water to cover, stir. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir again and enjoy.


2 Bags of M&M trail mix
1 bag of Skittles trail mix

7 misc grannola bars

1 box bottle caps
2 snickers
4 flavored drink pouches
1 can Pringles
1 can PB (emergency...some foods may fail).

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