I've been slow getting to this point, but I've got to ship our resupply boxes soon. Since they have isobutane fuel canisters, they have to go ground usps or ups, so I need to allow a couple of weeks to get to Oregon & Washington.
Picked up the freeze dried dinners at REI last night when we did a Camino de Santiago talk (see our backpack45.com camino page if that subject interests you). Today we had a long hike planned but Kaiser's dermatology had a cancelled appointment, so scheduled me at 11 to check a new black spot - turned out to be totally harmless - just a sign of aging, but that did break up the day.
So, back home for a bag lunch (had already packed it for the hike) and then review the backpack food list and off to the first stop. The Food Mill - our local bulk food store where I can pick from a dozen kinds of granola. Settled on four choices, but still know that after the trip it will be months before I can stand to eat granola again. I check my list. Now I need the rest of the stuff, bars, Milkman, PopTarts, jerky, gorp material, etc. So I head off to a large nearby Safeway for the rest. They have most of what I need.
No Milkman, but they do have Nido. However, jerky is another story. They have it, but some is moldy, some is outdated, so I don't trust the rest. Head for a big Longs Drug for Tang and jerky. Much better jerky choices, but no Tang, so I exit there for a final stop (I hope) at the Luckys near home. Yes, they have Tang --- but just the little cans and I need 44 quarts. I pull all their 8 qt cans off the shelf and check them. Five have good dates, two are expired and one is about to expire, so I take the five good ones, put the expired ones on the floor, and grab a packet of sugar loaded Koolaid, which will do for the last 4 quarts.
Now three hours after starting, I finally get home and dump all the stuff in the back bedroom. That's all I can do today. Sorting, measuring, packing, double checking the list will happen in the next few days. Almost forgot, have to put in © 2009 backpack45.com to slow the blog bandits. I don't mind if they give attribution, but there are some spammers that copy legitimate articles and highlight text so a click will go off to their spam.