Day Seven: Pursuit of Happiness

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Final day. The last 13 km of the trek, should be relatively flat according to the handy Blisters and Bliss Trail Book every hiker had with them. Just as estimated, under 3 hours, we made it to Pachena Bay Trailhead. Took off my hiking boots and planned on not putting them…

Keep Calm and Curry On

Creamy Coconut Curry Noodles Dehydrated dinner number six (see Day 6 for journal entry). Soupy warm noodle soup is something that’s always been somewhat of a comfort food. On long hikes, comfort foods like soup and hot cocoa is what I crave for. But not as much as I want hot liquids, it’s important to…

Day Six: Wondrous Wild

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Woke up at 0800h. Our contraption of a bear hang seemed to have been a success! A couple of mice pellets and grab marks through the rain cover, but sleeping back and Ziploc within Ziplocs of food were untouched. Perhaps it was just too much work to get to. We took…

Kale-in it Risotto

Mushroom and Kale Risotto Day five‘s dehydrated dinner. Thought about making a cream of mushroom soup or something, but it just didn’t seem to have enough sustenance. Add some rice…. and it ended up being a recipe for risotto instead! One bag of skim milk powder went a long way this journey, adding protein to…

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…