Hiking · Local Adventures

Local Adventures: Pratt Preserve

There is something about the foggy mornings on Whidbey Island that make the world just that much better. It's cool and maybe a bit misty. My friend Linda joined me for a quick hike in the early hours. Being it was a holiday weekend, I wanted an early start. I took her to the Pratt… Continue reading Local Adventures: Pratt Preserve

Food Finds · Trail Cooking

Commercial Meal Review: Nutrient Survival Singles

I was walking through the world's smallest Wal-Mart (OK, I can't prove that, but lord it is tiny. And old. And I remember when it was built....so long ago) the other week, and saw a side hanging area with small packets of freeze-dried food, in the hunting/outdoor section. I stopped to see what it was,… Continue reading Commercial Meal Review: Nutrient Survival Singles

Food Finds

Food Find Review: Thrive Life Snackies

Thrive Life Snackies is a (currently) collection of 9 ingredients, ranging from fruit/berries to vegetables to a non-dairy yogurt like crunchy bite that come in resealable mylar bags, and are sized for 1 to 2 uses. Ones I love and buy often? It's a mix for sure. I buy the bags of grapes, peaches and… Continue reading Food Find Review: Thrive Life Snackies

Food Finds · Trail Cooking

Commercial Meal Review: Backpacker’s Pantry Red Beans and Rice

I was working on our truck's emergency ammo can. The one that has a stove, fuel, utensils, a pot and a couple freeze-dried meals. As I was digging through the meals I noted something....first, the expiration dates were getting closer (this meal was dated 10/27/2024) and that the packaging had changed since I picked those… Continue reading Commercial Meal Review: Backpacker’s Pantry Red Beans and Rice

Food Finds

Commercial Meal Review: Backpacker’s Pantry Fettuccini Alfredo With Chicken

I was working on our truck's emergency ammo can. The one that has a stove, fuel, utensils, a pot and a couple freeze-dried meals. As I was digging through the meals I noted something....first, the expiration dates were getting closer - this meal had actually "expired" back in March. Oops. And that the packaging had… Continue reading Commercial Meal Review: Backpacker’s Pantry Fettuccini Alfredo With Chicken