Day Five: Kelp Forest

August 8, 2017 We’ve been so lucky this trip. Apparently the driest it’s been in 190 years. Optimal conditions for hiking I’d say. Despite this, we were weary from the last three days of the trek. For a little boost of energy, Fi blasted some tunes and we had a mini dance party to get…

Couscous on the Trail

Almond Raisin Couscous Here’s the recipe for our day 4 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. Couscous. So incredibly easy and quick to cook! Makes 1  serving. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cook Time: 5 minutes. Equipment: measuring cup, measuring spoon, Ziploc bag, fuel, camping stove, pot, spork Ingredients 3/4 cup couscous 1/4 cup dried…

Day Four: Fog and Mist

Monday, August 7, 2017 The days seem to be getting shorter. Or at least the hikes are. We got up and packed our bags by 0900 to leave camp. Woke up this morning in a bit of a dreadful mood. First thought as I jumped up “is it raining?” There were droplets over our tent…

Mac N’ Cheese

Glorified Mac N’ Cheese Here’s the recipe for our day 3 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. Kraft Dinner – something that many of us grew up having at least a couple times. It’s incredibly cheap (sometimes you can find them at 69 cents a box even), and convenient to prepare. It is also…

Day Two: Edge

Saturday, August 5, 2016 Swoosh, creak, clunk. Those were the sounds we woke up to this morning at 0600h. Swoosh as the waves came crashing ashore. The creak of the bear bin opening and clunk as it closed while campers one-by-one began to make their breakfast and started their trek on the beach to beat…

Mexican-Spiced Rice and Beans

Mexican-Spiced Rice and Beans Here’s the recipe for our day 2 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. All prepared ahead of time and placed in sealable bags. Tip: keep the main ingredients separate from the seasoning for ease of cooking.  Makes 1  serving. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cook Time: 10 minutes. Equipment: measuring cup,…

Day One: Otter-ly Eager

Friday, August 4, 2016 0700h: We were up and took the last hot shower we’d have for the next seven days.We packed our bags, filled our water, had our oatmeal breakfast and headed out to the registration office for orientation at 1000h. The park staff went through history of the trail (started in 1906 as…

Creamy Kale and Parmesan Pasta

Creamy Kale and Parmesan Pasta Here’s the recipe for our day 1 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. Makes 1  serving. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cook Time: 5 minutes. Equipment: measuring cup, measuring spoon, Ziploc bag, fuel, camping stove Ingredients 1 cup egg noodles (Egg noodles tend to have a little extra protein than…

Underrated Dehydrating

For the West Coast Trail hike, there was quite a bit of preparation required for meal planning. One of which was dehydrating foods. For the 8 dinner meals, I had dehydrated a variety of foods including vegetables and pulses. One reason is to decrease water weight, the other was to decrease the cooking time required…

Trailhead Oatmeal

I’m a breakfast gal. It’s one meal I cannot do without – if I haven’t had breakfast yet, my day has not started. This is an easy prep-ahead quick breakfast meal I used for our 7 day West Coast Trail trek, but works great for any work day as well.  Variety Trailhead Make Ahead Oatmeal…

Day Zero: Intro

Day Zero Intros. Meet the crew! Andrea, Fiona, Maxime and myself.