There are many schools of thought about breakfast on the trail. Everyone has different things they are looking for – speed onto the trail, ease of clean up, light packing weight, how much water you have to work with etc. Some folks mix Carnation instant breakfast with oatmeal for added nutritional density. Some just slam a Gu packet and then power out. Others break out the freeze dried pouches of eggs or granola. A few just pack and go, stopping for breakfast once they are miles down the trail. Cheryl is happy with a couple packs of instant oatmeal mixed with a Justins’ Chocolate Hazelnut butter and a coffee of questionable quality before quickly stretching her sore legs, popping some Advil and hitting the trail. Graham however, is not a man who looks causally upon the start of his day. There must be good coffee, good noshes and a bit of puttering to be had before he’s ready to put his pack back on. At this point of the day he is far less concerned with our speed in getting back on the trail than making sure his hungry belly is fed. Cheryl has decided that its much better for Grahams health if she indulges him in a little morning putter and warm breakfast than if he must be taken by the throat and throttled an hour down the trail due to ill temper.
In our search to find Grahams trailside morning Zen the path has taken us down a few wrong turns. We have tried scrambled eggs with chorizo… and found that while they were delicious there is far too much clean up and it will leave you with a stinky egg pan to carry. We’ve tried a freeze dried version of biscuits and gravy… WAYYYY too much clean up and so terrible tasting that we wound up not eating it. Instead we wound up packing most of it back into our packs and carrying it another 2 days before getting off the trail. So Gross!! We did Cheryl’s version of oatmeal and go… once. But this time was going to be different. This time the essentials had been gathered.
This morning on the Escarpment we finally woke up to sunshine – after two nights of rain it was clear that this morning would be perfect to test out our next puttering Zen breakfast attempt. Wheat toast, hard boiled eggs, Starbucks and some fruit in the pack. What ensued may have been our most successful meal of the trip. On this trail we had enjoyed two nights and a full day of rain. We found our tent and rain gear to be awesome at keeping us dry – even our sleeping bags were still dry. We learned that we could break down and pack our tent body while remaining underneath the rain fly to stay dry. We had enjoyed the company (and whisky) of four crazy dudes the previous evening that had thrown a mini rave in their lean-to by using their headlamps on flash mode and cranking their iPod as the rain poured down. And now best of all – we had found there was hope for Grahams morning Zen! Love this escarpment Trail!
the result: enjoy as a sandwich! Genius!! Enjoy your moment of breakfast Zen.