Published on September 16, 2014
A Journey of 1,001 Miles Page 2 of 37 Preface: PCT Hike Preparation June 2014 In the weeks before leaving for two months to hike on the Pacific Crest Trail I spent a lot of time getting the final pieces ready for the trip. This meant putting together all the meals, preparing my resupply boxes and getting some of my last gear items. I had a food plan put together, which consisted of six different meals (or really just three, if you ask my son Grant): Potatoes, Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes, Rice, Rice and Beans, Couscous and Couscous and Polenta. All my dinners were made of these six (or three) bases mixed with dried onions, vegetables and a variety of spices. (I know, I know. It’s not a lot of variety for two months, but they pack really small and light, which is just what I was looking for.) The week before I was scheduled to leave I set to work mixing all the ingredients into zip lock baggies, making about 110 dinners. For the record, this is not as easy – or as clean – as it one might guess. Soon after I started, I realized quickly that I needed to reduce the vegetables to an eighth of a cup and things still ran out! I finally got all our dinners together: 58 for me, 27 for Lyle and 31 for Grant. I was actually only able to get 24 dinners for Grant, but that was ok, because he wasn’t going to be there for the first week through Washington. I dropped Lyle’s dinners by his house and left him to put his resupply boxes together. A few days later we hit our first real snag I received this message: Text from Lyle: I set my Seiad Valley box down and left the house. My dog chewed through the cardboard and ate five dinners. I nearly killed him. Do you have any extra dinners made up? Nick: I think I might. I'll check. Those were the sweet potatoes. Lyle: Yeah, not cool Nick: I made those dinners for you, not the dog. Lyle: He sends his compliments to the chef Nick: His coat does look shiny. Good dog. Photo 1 A guilty look?