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Backpacker Magazine – August 2011

Rip & Go: Tonahutu Loop - Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Cross elk-filled woods and bighorn- busy flats on this park's quiet side.

by: Casey Lyons

View of 12,274-foot Snowdrift Peak (Casey Lyons)
View of 12,274-foot Snowdrift Peak (Casey Lyons)
View From Flattop (Deborah Stanley)
View From Flattop (Deborah Stanley)

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On The Menu
Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunch 1
Bagels with avocado and Havarti
Dinner 1
Tonahutu Tuna
Breakfasts 2 & 3
Granola with dried blueberries and milk
Lunch 2
Bagels with PB & J
Dinner 2
Switchback Chicken
Yogurt-covered pretzels

Tonahutu Tuna
Surf for your turf

2 cups egg noodles
16-ounce pouch tuna
1⁄4 cup potato leek soup mix
1⁄2 cup broccoli, chopped
4 tablespoons dried onions
1⁄4 cup dried milk
Cheddar, cubed

Cook egg noodles until nearly al dente. Add broccoli and boil until tender. Drain, but reserve 1⁄2 cup water in the pot. Add potato leek soup, dried milk, and onion, and stir. Top with Cheddar. Serves two.

Switchback Chicken
Protein-packed for recovery

2 cups instant grits
1 pack dried mushrooms, sliced
1/8 cup dried onion
1 red pepper, chopped
17-ounce pouch chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
Cheddar, cubed

Sauté red pepper in olive oil until soft. Add three cups water, dried mushrooms, and onions. Bring to a boil and add grits and chicken. Stir continuously until grits are soft (five minutes). Top with cheddar. Serves two.

The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)
[ ] avocado (produce)
[ ] broccoli (produce)
[ ] red pepper (produce)
[ ] dried mushrooms (produce)
[ ] PB&J(1) [ ] 8 oz. Cheddar (1)
[ ] sliced Havarti (1)
[ ] dried onion (2)
[ ] dried blueberries (2)
[ ] bagels (2)
[ ] tuna pouch (3)
[ ] potato leek soup (3)
[ ] chicken pouch (3)
[ ] egg noodles (4)
[ ] energy bars (5)
[ ] granola (6)
[ ] dried milk (6)
[ ] instant grits (6)
[ ] yogurt pretzels (8)

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PIT STOP The breakfast buffet at the Fat Cat Café provides a full spread of eggs, sausage, bacon, pan- cakes, coffee, juices, and pie. 916 Grand Ave., Grand Lake, CO; (970) 627-0900

NEAREST GROCERY STORE CITY MARKET 1001 Thompson Rd., Granby, CO (970) 887-7140

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