The town of Independence was swell and mostly involved eating. With my newfound Hiker Hunger, I now looked at food differently. I saw potential in things I formerly took for granted, like free chips at Mexican restaurants. In grocery stores I breezed passed the produce and beelined to the Pop-Tarts. “Why do low-calorie items even exist?” I wondered, liberating a shelf of its Mrs. Redd’s pie stash.
It was also time for Resupply Stop #2. Remember when Dustin and I bought a bunch of food, shoved it in some boxes and mailed them off to our future hiking selves? This is what those boxes looked like.
Of course since we didn’t really know what we were doing, we occasionally sent ourselves too much food. This was a problem due to the 2 lbs, 9 oz plastic bundle of joy we each carried, otherwise known as the BearVault BV500. The BearVault is the type of bear canister we used to store our food in throughout the Sierra.
The BearVault is bulky. The BearVault is heavy. The BearVault is required. Some whining occurred.
(Side note: Our friend BearVault is 100% important in keeping wildlife safe and despite the occasional whine, I’m a firm supporter of carrying bear canisters in designated areas to keep food out of grubby little paws. Plus the idea of losing food to a wee critter and awaking the Hiker Hanger still terrifies me.)
The biggest issue with too much food is cramming it all in the BearVault. And in Independence, when the inevitable happened and the food didn’t all fit, we were left to choose between two very difficult choices:
- Leave some of it in the Hiker Box for other hikers to nibble on.
- Eat everything that didn’t fit.
We went with the latter choice. Duh.
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