I had hoped to make another attempt at hiking the entire Appalachian Trail ‘some day’. I knew I would not be able to live with the fact that I came so close, but didn’t earn the prize. It was early January when Bud approached me about hiking the trail THIS YEAR. I knew I would be cutting it close as far as preparations, but it felt right, and things were converging to assure me this was meant to be.
With a couple of weeks before I hit the trail, I have 146 Suppers/132 Lunches/121 Breakfasts dehydrated and packaged up. I’m hoping to have 150 total. With meals eaten in towns, this should cover about 5 1/2 months. There is always the option to add meals through resupply in towns if I need to do so.
I have blueberries and applesauce in the dehydrator today, which will be made into oatmeal packets and bring my breakfast total up considerably. I have cooked chicken waiting to be made into a meal and put on dehydrator trays, and a roast that just finished cooking in the crockpot for yet another set of meals to be dehydrated. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think I’m going to make it.
I was very proud of some great deals I snagged at the local ‘Bent and Dent’ grocery.
Last time, I intended to quit coffee on my hike. That didn’t last long at all. I met several hikers who told me how good Starbuck’s Via was and that I should try it. I’m a coffee snob, and have never liked Starbucks nor Instant Coffee. One of the hikers gave me a couple of packets to try. I was desperate, I tried it, was pleasantly surprised and I was hooked. Bud began buying them and adding them to my boxes.
At Walmart, it costs about $6/per 8 packet box. At the local Bent N Dent grocery, we got an 8-pack box for 99 cents! They were marked at $1.99 per box, but on the shelf, they had a sign saying that they were on sale for 99 cents! That’s about 12 cents per packet/cup. SCORE! I have 232 packets…plenty for my one cup a day on the trail, and several cups to drink on zero days…because you know…motel coffee. 😛 Blech.
At the Bent N Dent, they also had bags of ‘healthy’ snack bars for 99 cents a pound! Most of the bags were $4-5 bucks. If you buy a box of these bars, you get maybe 4-5 bars for that price! I figured out that each bar cost me about 11 cents each. I got 261 bars for $29.44.
The above shot is for those of you who have been wondering about the progress on our house. (Pay no attention to that kitty in the window.) This is where one of the kitchens use to be. It’s now our dining area. We’ve added new windows–the old ones were so high I had to tip-toe to see out above where the sink use to be. Several had cracks in them.
I finally have curtains, too. 🙂 The old floor was rotten and actually had holes in it. That has been fixed and covered with new planks, as are the walls. Bud has done a great job!
As the time before my departure quickly ticks down, my psyche is warring between ‘excited’, ‘anxious’ and ‘nervous’. Most of my anxiety revolves around not being prepared, but there are many more things I am worried about this time, which is another whole blog post for another time.