Archive for March, 2006

Going Through Storage

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

I’m sitting in my storage space on a rainy San Francisco afternoon going through my 2004 resupply boxes that never got sent and my send-back boxes from the trail.
I’m breaking apart the boxes to inventory what I’ve got, throw out what I can’t use or what’s gone bad and give away what I won’t eat. In a half-circle around me are paper shopping bags, left to right: breakfast, lunch, dinner, jerkey & other yummy snacks, nuts & fruit, other (tuna, mustard, dressing, etc.) and bars.
I pull out the fuel, maps, mailing labels, box reminders, vitamin packets, batteries, and other stuff and make other piles.
Something that’s in my boxes and then in ziplocs has liquified. It’s really gross and looks like soy sauce. [Matt, Sandy and I later decided it was shallots.]
Also in the boxes are notes that Tommy put in them while helping me pack them in June of 2004. Usually there’s a drawing with the note, and usually it’s lewd. Why he thought this thru-hiker needed a reminder of how horny I am when I hike, I don’t know. Today, the attention and love bring a smile to my face.

It’s now an hour later. Rush hour is crowding the Bay Bridge, so I’m here for a while. All the boxes are empty and sorted. I can’t believe I’m going to eat some of this stuff. I have too much food given what’s good from 2004 and what I’ve already bought. I will never want to eat Fish Brothers Salmon jerkey again, although I love it.

Digging through all the stuff: maps, food, gear, clothes, oh yeah, and all the stuff of my life in boxes and stacked.

CDT Today: March 28, 2006

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

I have been working on my hike, but too busy to report. There’s beef jerky in the oven now. I’ve ordered lots of food. I got a pair of shoes (Garmont Sticky Cat) that I can hike in. I looked at packs. I made more lists.
I pick up my orthotics tomorrow, as well as my Sunridge Farms order.

KQED, the local public radio station, is towing my dead Subaru away Thursday morning. I get a tax write-off!

I’m still feeling buried, but less buried that a week ago.

CDT Today: Sunday March 19

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Food shopping for JBars
Food resources: recalled a breakfast source!
1.5 hr hike
Food shopping list
BackpackingLight shopping!

I’m feeling very blessed tonight. Life is good.

CDT Today: Saturday March 18

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Small amount of food shopping
Ingredient list & quantities for JBars*
Testing sealer that I’m borrowing (it’s a good one!)
Sealing a little food
Consolidate backpacking gear in prep for packing

Not a strong day for direct CDT stuff, but I got a lot of other stuff out of the way.

*JBars are food bars I make to fuel me. They are low in sugar and high in fat and protein.

CDT Today: Friday March 17

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Called SunRidge Farms about new food order
Set time to meet with Larry F. to talk about driving to NM
Picked up from Napa gear and clothes ordered
Arranged with Dad for pick up of car in Bay Area (don’t have to get it back to Weed!!)
Various Treo 650 tasks, mostly around music.

Totenberg’s Piece on O’Connor’s

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

To avoid these ends, we should avoid these beginnings.

So ends a Nina Totenberg piece on NPR about Sandra Day O’Connor’s recent speach.