Thursday, January 27, 2011

Packing....

Basically this week I have been obsessed with our upcoming trip Baxter State Park.  I have ran and biked every day, but I am having a hard time talking about that because I am slightly distracted (shiny things are everywhere!)  Today was an 11 mile run on the Boise Road (a dirt road near my house that is semi-plowed) that was really nice.  I liked it even better when I found out I had run almost 12 miles (that really drops that pace!)

Let's get back to that trip.  I thought we were leaving today. We leave tomorrow. Oops. 

We usually bring our own breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, and do group dinners with our friends.  The dinner cooks wear aprons with naked ladies on them.  Well, they have basil leaves and tomatoes in key areas, so they are not really naked.  Wearing these are mandatory and the aprons are mine. 

Don't ask.

So as far as trip food goes...I have been working really hard to eat clean with a diet focused on plants for the past month.  I have eaten meat, just a whole lot less of it.  On these trips - where we are carrying all of our food on our backs and skiing many miles in the cold - I throw all of that out the window for convenience, weight (of items), and...well, eating stuff I normally don't.

Enter the McMuffin. 

I eat oatmeal every day and I love it.  I know it is light, healthy, and easy to carry. Yadda yadda yadda.  Oatmeal is my back-up in case we are there for an unexpected extra day.  Yes, I could just make these sammies myself and save some $ and make them more healthy.  I know all of that, but there is something kind of fun of skiing 30 miles into the north Maine woods to a camp, waking up, and getting a McMuffin.  I unwrap them, then foil wrap them, label them, and freeze them (after they cool). They stay frozen and keep the whole trip (this only works in the winter for obvious reasons).

All the guys are jealous when John and I throw our egg sammies on wood stove and they are gumming on their instant oatmeal. 
Yes, that one is mine. Let me be OCD and label everything even if it is the same in both bags.
I love Justin's Nut Butter. Seriously.  Their squeeze packs are perfect because they fit well in a pack and are super convenient.  I get the honey and maple flavored ones and don't bring jelly, because, well...It is just a pain.  The great thing about these babies is that you can eat them out of the package or make them into a roll-up sandwich with a tortilla.
Think I have enough???
It was very hard for me not to split these up evenly and label bags as John and Mandy. John wasn't sure about the almond butter, which is fine by me, that is my favorite.

I would say those are the two key items on my winter trips (that have a wood stove available).  The rest of the stuff we may or may not bring with us looks like this right now:
The phone and the dime are not coming for sure.
That is the scoop right now, we are going to organize this stuff (along with clothes, sleeping bags, etc) into 2 packs so we can grab and go after work tomorrow. 

I just now realized that all of my warm stuff is dirty from running this week and must be washed (it didn't pass the sniff test).  Must do laundry now. Have a great week everyone, I have a few posts scheduled - one is a review of a product I love love love and the other is ofcourse, Muttley Monday. 

Thanks for reading!

29 comments:

Copychic said...

Have fun! Sounds like an amazing trip! :)

Mary IronMatron said...

Have an awesome trip and stay warm!
What part of Baxter? I love it up there.

Christi said...

Have a great trip and be safe!

Kovas said...

Have fun - hiking the nutrition rules are literally out the window!

Kelly said...

Have fun! I love Justins, but my store doesn't have the almond butter squeeze packs...just might have to order some! Also, I think I saw PB Choc. chip larabars on that table...SOOO GOOOD!

Lora Abernathy said...

I'm officially hungry! Have a great trip!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Have fun!

If this was planning for a vacation, I am sort of scared to see what packing for IMLP is going to look like... how many days left now???? :)

Jon said...

Have fun! I am on a hunt to find some of that Nut Butter. Maple Almond? OH yeah, score.

Kiersten said...

Have a great trip!!!!

Aimee said...

Yay! I am so jealous! I remember going on backpacking trips with my husband and having to pack all of our food! Try to sneak is some small pieces of chocolate. They are like heaven once you've been hiking/skiing/backpacking for days! :)

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

when we camp live off of pb and j, laughing cow cheese, and oranges. i bet yours is a lot better. have fun!
LC

DRog said...

Your training seems really On It over the past few weeks! nice job running and biking every day this week

have a great trip!

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Laura said...

can't wait to see all the great photos.. next year.. use your first endurance girlfriend!

Colleen said...

You are going to have and amazing trip! :) ANd I love the McMuffin idea. That would totally be a treat for me too!

I need to try the Justin's Nut Butter... Where can I get the small packs to try???

TRI-james said...

Looks like so much fun - note to self - "need more ziplock baggies"

The Green Girl said...

I love the McMuffin action. You seriously rock.

Julie said...

Hi Mandy,
Oh girl, I am so jealous of all of those amazing trips that you go on!! I would love to do some back packing/hiking this coming summer. Be safe and for God sake....take tons of pictures to share in your blog! Hugs:)

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Have a great trip! Is that a cordless phone? Haven't seen one of those in years. You are so old school in Caratunk!

Matty O said...

Awesome. Loved this. You seem to be spot on with the training. I am sure you would beat me at a race now! Haha, 3 miles is pushing it for me lately.

What would men do without OCD women to run our lives? I tell you what, when it comes to packing, I just step back and tell H, have at it haha.

HAVE FUN!!!!!!

Jill said...

Backpacking trips are so cool...have a blast and maybe you'll need that dime, ya never know when it may come in handy :).

Runners Fuel said...

Have a great trip and stay warm!

Molly said...

you are a genius food packer. Seriously. have a great time!

TRI714 said...

Have a great trip. i WOULD SKI with that apron on :-)

Anne-Marie said...

Have a great trip! It sounds awesome. I just started XC skiing this year and am loving it, but can't imagine doing a long trip like you're doing.

Mark said...

Finally, I met someone else who has trouble concentrating with shiny things around.... PLEASE tell everyone that this is very common.

Black Knight said...

Have fun! No mercy, don't take prisoners.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I hope you had a blast

Jason said...

I hope you had a blast on the trip. Nothing wrong with McMuffins so long as you don't eat them everyday and that it is just for this convenience and 'in your face' type of eating.

Andy Rosebrook said...

Hope you had a great trip. Ironicly I had a McMuffin this morning for the first time in years. Some stress food after dropping my cat off to have orthopedic surgury on his knee. But to pull those out in the middle of nowhere, I'd love to see the looks you guys get.