In two days we will be flying to Atlanta, Georgia to start our big adventure on the Appalachian Trail that we have been talking about and planning about for almost a year. In anticipation of our departure, we
spent the day yesterday saying goodbye to our kids, our grandkids, and our dog. Sob. And today, for some reason, I am consumed with hunger; chocolate hunger in particular–so much so that I drove totally out of my way to get to a store that I knew would have Dove Bars; not just one Dove Bar, but a whole bag of Dove Bars! This is something I have never ever done in my entire life, but I was possessed. When I got back to my car, I ripped into those chocolates like an addict looking for a fix. To my credit, though, I have not eaten the entire bag–not yet anyway.
Once I returned home, I threw myself into more food. In the last hour, I have baked a loaf of banana bread (using up the ripe bananas and the nasty dried ones), baked two sweet potatoes (that have been sitting on the counter for a week) and cooked up a ginormous pot of mystery soup. The mystery soup is an amalgamation of all the things I could find in the cupboard, the refrigerator and the freezer that might spoil while we are gone for six months.
The soup project started with a bag of noodles I found in the cupboard along with two big containers of chicken broth. Then there were the carrots and the celery and the onions I found in the fridge along with some unidentifiable meat in the freezer. I thought the meat was chicken, but once thawed, it no longer resembled any chicken I’d ever seen –living or dead. It might have been pork. I’m not really sure, but I threw it in anyway. Perhaps, instead of mystery soup, I could call this ‘Pork O’Noodle Soup’. I like that. The irony is, I have made so much soup and so much bread trying to use up leftovers that, unless Mel and I eat continuously for the next 48 hours, we won’t even come close to eating it all–and I will be back to square one– with food leftover that will spoil in 6 months! Maybe I could just eat it all myself.
How is it possible to even have this much hiker hunger without having actually hiked?
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Anticipation has a high calorie content.
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