Trail food


This is the week! I leave on Saturday to hoof it across this beautiful state on the Colorado Trail. I am wrapping up details at work, trying to get my roof repaired (this is cutting it very close), writing out instructions for those taking care of Foxy, and triple checking my packing list.

The most complicated piece of the planning has been one of two things: arranging for food drops, or planning the food itself. Neither thing is completely ironed out yet – but I’m getting close on the food plan. It’s been awhile since I talked at you, so I made a video.

Trail Food from Annie Parsons on Vimeo.



  1. mrs. chesney on June 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    You are like a hiking astronaut! Love seeing your beautiful face live, but I am seriously concerned about the no VIA. Best check your mailbox. :) Just add to your hot chocolate for an instant mocha. Much much love to you on this adventure…..xoxo

  2. Marijke on June 24, 2014 at 9:09 AM


  3. Shannon Church on June 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Annie Cranny! That totally made me chuckle. Praying for an awesome adventure!

  4. Debbie Barnett on June 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Those look like pretty smart calories. Love the dehydrated dinners! I say follow Mrs. Chesney’s advice up there and grab a few VIA’s and add them to your hot cocoa. They are phenomenal. I took them to Ethiopia with me thinking they’d save my life… and duh, forgot that Ethiopia has the best coffee on the planet! But anyway, I use them at work because they insist on the cheap Folger’s stuff – being a non-profit and all.

  5. Tarrah on June 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    So…let me join what I’m sure are the throngs of people who are more than just a little bit jealous of your upcoming adventure! Food choices look good…and honestly, even though I think GU products are pretty nasty, they have caffeine…free, unsolicited tip :).

  6. Lan | morestomach on June 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    what an adventure!
    have you been weening yourself off coffee? caffeine withdrawal headaches can be such a bummer.
    will be thinking of you often and wishing you an awesome time.

  7. kendall on June 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Pop tarts – the poor man’s powerbar:)

    And I can’t believe you are going with tuna nar-nar. (The name we gave it as guides). Ramen is a good evening warmer and electrolyte/sodium replenisher.

    If you hit BV/Salida and decide coffee should be back on the menu, a small trail french press and ground bean can turn your day from meh to marvelous. Just sayin.
    Coffee and a nice down jacket were my two luxury items I never regretted.

  8. Heidi on June 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    This. Is. Amazing. So excited for you!!

  9. Joan Provo-Clinkstonq on June 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    So excited for you Annie!! Being a Seattleite and caffeine addict myself if I may suggest… bring along a few chocolate covered coffee beans (or the VIAs) just in case you decide you want/need/got to have some caffeine.

  10. Alexis on June 24, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Yay! I can’t believe that you start your hike this weekend! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read about your adventures. Are you picking up food at post office stops along the way or carrying it all with you?

  11. Miranda on June 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    You are the prettiest and the funniest…and the adventurousist. :) I’m SOOOO excited for you!

  12. Paul Parsons on June 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    You’re my hero. Just sayin’

    Love, Dad

  13. [not the] Best Blog Ever on June 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    LOVE this. You are the cutest.

    And – I echo the comments above about the coffee. DON’T GO COFFEE-LESS! You’ll regret it.

  14. Val on June 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I just felt the need to tell you that I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!! :)


  15. Allison on June 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Someone mentioned caffeine withdrawal! That’s what I came here to do, because – it is a real thing. It doesn’t have one of those “the more you know” commercials, but it is a real thing that happens. I recommend not drinking caffeine starting now, so you can have your “i really really really want to die” headaches on Thursday/Friday, and then you’ll be fine. Can’t wait to read about your trip.

  16. hootenannie on June 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Via IN the hot cocoa??!?!? This is a revelation to me – and so, so smart. Thanks for pointing me toward the light, all!

  17. Michael on June 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    You are the cutest, truly. Yes, beware of bad headaches related to caffeine withdrawal! It happens. Other than that, I support your backpacking on a budget choices. I ate oatmeal for breakfast on the trail, with fancy instant coffee (that stuff in the tins…it probably no longer exists, but it was caffeine and sugary goodness). Lunch was mostly snacks, but I like your tuna idea, along with the bars and mix. Evening meals are important. I ate lots of pasta meals from pouches…easy to cook on a backpacking stove, two servings, you’ll eat all of it…and you need to. You will be a rockin’ hard-body when you finish the trail, with a hella fine backside, lol. That was your phrase, I do believe, from your first year in Denver. Can’t wait to hear all about it! I believe in you, too!

  18. Sarah on June 24, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Be safe and have fun, Annie Parsons.

  19. Sarah on June 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Also, would kind of love to see a map of your hiking route. Not very familiar w/the Colorado terrain, but just think that would be interesting to see :). Looking forward to photos/stories.

  20. Pat Cassidy on June 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Loved the video and all I can say is “I will be overjoyed when you get back!” Stay safe. :)

  21. Laura Remme on June 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Thinking of you and your Grand Adventure! Take Care!

  22. Stephie on June 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    YES you should have a full size Snickers every day. Love you:)

  23. Julie Ott on June 25, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Hope you think of me with every pop tart bite and tuna yum yum:) 2 of my favorites!

  24. Leigh Kramer on June 26, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Love that you made a food video! We were destined to be friends. The dehydrated meals reminded me of when I canoed the Boundary Waters several years ago. Good memories! I’m excited to hear all about your trip. You are my hero!

  25. [not the] Best Blog Ever on June 27, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Oh my gosh you leave TOMORROW! Soooo excited for you – am thinking of you! Will be eagerly anticipating any updates from AP-On-The-Trail.

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