Don’t Go Hungry

HikeItForward-Final-SmallWhen, where, and how does one eat on the trail? Here are five trail terms to establish a beginning vocabulary regarding the thru-hiker’s menu.

AYCE – ‘All You Can Eat’ restaurants that offer endless buffets. These eateries are very popular with hungry hikers especially pancake breakfasts, pizza bars, and all kinds of smorgasbords.

GORP – Good Old Raisins & Peanuts, or otherwise known as trail mix. GORMP is even better (good old raisins, M&Ms, and peanuts). Mimi’s Mix is best of all – this is my wife’s special recipe of mixed raw nuts, dried fruits (raisins, cranberries), M&Ms, and a variety of seeds – one of the staples of life.

Camel Up drink your fill of water at the source … then hike on.

Yogi-ing – good-natured art of “letting” food be offered cheerfully by strangers without actually asking them directly (If you ask, it’s begging!). Named in honor of Yogi Bear, who was “better than the average bear, Boo-Boo.”

Half-Gallon Club – Membership is open to any thru-hiker who can consume an entire half-gallon of ice cream in one sitting. The membership requirement is traditionally met at the Pine Grove General Store at mile marker 1097 (half way point). Most of the hikers that I have read about have no trouble entering into this honorary fraternity/sorority.

Countdown – 206 days!!

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