With the count-down on-going towards April 3rd—our target date for starting to hike the Appalachian Trail— we are continuing our preparations.  We are both pretty close on completing our gear lists (base layers, hiking boots, maybe a sleeping bag), so the next push is to get all the food ready to go.  I’ve mentioned in a previous post that Dragonfly has dietary issues—she is gluten-, dairy-, and soy-intolerant.  That limits somewhat the food we can take and eat, but at the same time, it has forced us to look at alternative meals.  In the long run that will bring more diversity to our diet.  We can’t just go into a grocery store and buy Ramen Noodles or Pop-Tarts off the shelf.  But we have found some tasty (and organic) alternatives.  Here is a partial list of things we’ve found so far:

Pro-Bar Double Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats (for granola recipe see previous post and oatmeal)

Pack-it Gourmet’s freeze-dried vegetables and meats

Glutino Crackers

Pepperoni and sausage

Jason’s Nut Butters

In the coming days we will make some daily/weekly menus (based upon our previous hikes in the Adirondacks and on the Centennial Trail in SD) and start gathering, preparing and re-packaging our food for our mail-drops.  I’ll let you know how it goes.


About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives on Long Island, New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but is now a thru-hiker. Loves living the thru-hikers life. She has hiked nearly 3,000 miles. Her hikes include the Northville Placid Trail (2011, 2012), the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (2012), the Appalachian Trail (2013), the Fjallraven Classic (2014) and many other trails.
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