Itchy Feet : Scratch Walks Across
When Mark posted my story, including my plans to walk across the USA, some people suggested I blog about it. Good call, I'm going to blog about it!
Today is T: - 46 days until I leave Vancouver Island.
My tent arrived today! It's a 2-person, 3-season tent by Sierra Designs: [url=http://www.sierradesigns.com/p-292-clip-flashlight-2.aspx]Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2-Person 3-Season Ultralight Tent[/url]
I am going to practice setting it up so that I am smooth by May.
I met my travelling partner on TravBuddy.com, his name's Ben, and he's from Australia. We are going to meet in San Francisco. I told him a bit about Primal, and his response was, "I tried lamb's brains once. Yum." I think this is an auspicious beginning.
T : -39 Days to Departure
It feels like the time is flying by until I leave, but also like it can't come fast enough!
I researched how to dehydrate potatoes: I need to boil them first, leave them in the fridge overnight to cool completely (this keeps them from going brown), and then grate them into hash browns and dry the hash browns. Apparently, once they are rehydrated they taste and feel just like regular cooked potatoes!
I also learned how to properly dehydrate ground beef, so I will be able to pack a decent amount of my beautiful grass-fed bison! I am really pleased about this, it will be great to have a high-quality back-up protein. One half-cup of dried ground meat rehydrates to one pound of burger, and weighs just a few oz. I am going to store it in plastic bottles in my pack.
I purchased a small camp stove, but still need to get a cooking pot and some utensils.
I talked about food with Ben, who seems happy enough to let me take the lead in that area. We will be relying mostly on the following:
Tinned fish (salmon, sardines, tuna, oysters, mussels)
Dehydrated vegetables and potatoes
Coconut oil (cuz it keeps forever w/o refrigerating, and I want fat!)
I am also planning to bring vitamin c chewables, because I'm concerned about getting enough if we need to go several days at a time without much fresh food.
People are advising me to basically live on nuts, and I have no problem with eating some nuts, but I don't want to rely on nuts and dried fruit as a staple. My skin would hate me. I'm working on figuring out a better option that 's like trail mix.