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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Rip & Go: McKittrick Canyon

Soak up high-desert views amid the Lone Star State's tallest peaks.

by: Annette McGivney


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ON THE MENU


Breakfast 1
On the road
Breakfast 2, 3, & 4
Granola with pecans
Lunches 1 & 3
Bagel, PB, Nutella
Lunches 2 & 4
Bagel, salami/cheese
Dinner 1
Teri’s Soft Tacos
Dinner 2
Southwest Pesto
Dinner 3
Soup and potatoes
Snacks
Peanuts; energy bars; Twizzlers

RECIPES
Teri’s Soft Tacos
A tasty meal for dry camping; no water is wasted.

1 packet Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Ready Rice Santa Fe
7-ounce chicken pouch
4 whole wheat tortillas
Tabasco to taste

Empty rice and chicken into pot. Stir, cover, and heat over low flame. Add water if necessary. Add Tabasco. Fill tortillas. Serves 2.


Southwest Pesto
A carb-packed, one-pot meal

4 ounces angel hair pasta
1 packet Knorr Pesto Sauce mix
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
3 ounces pine nuts

Boil pasta until al dente; then add sun-dried tomatoes and boil one more minute. Drain. Add pesto mix and olive oil. Garnish with pine nuts and Parm to taste. Serves 2.

The Grocery List

[  ]  bagels (1)
[  ]  Nutella (1)
[  ]  peanut butter (1)
[  ]  jalapeño jack cheddar cheese (refrigerator 1)
[  ]  salami (refrigerator 1)
[  ]  energy bars (3)
[  ]  peanuts (3)
[  ]  pine nuts (3)
[  ]  sun-dried tomatoes (3)
[  ]  Texas pecans (3)
[  ]  Twizzlers (3)
[  ]  granola (4)
[  ]  French onion soup (5)
[  ]  pesto Sauce mix (5)
[  ]  pouch chicken (5)
[  ]  Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Ready Rice Santa Fe (5)
[  ]  tortillas (5)
[  ]  angel hair pasta (6)
[  ]  mashed potato flakes (6)
[  ]  powdered milk (7)

Pack Olive oil, Tabasco, mayo, mustard


NEAREST
GROCERY STORE 

Albertson’s
808 North Canal St., Carlsbad, NM
(575) 885-2161



PIT STOP Hit Carlsbad’s primo BBQ joint, Danny’s Place, where meat is slow-smoked overnight. Go for the beef and rib dinner with a choice of sides (okra, beans, coleslaw, and mashed potatoes). 902 South Canal Street; (575) 885-8739; dannysbbq.com




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Brandon
Feb 24, 2011

I did a variation of this hike last week. A couple notes: The park doesn't offer a shuttle service from dog canyon back to the McKittrick tail head so plan on taking two cars or getting a taxi or something (its and hour and a half drive back). Also, the permits are free but its $5 a person to enter the park. Awesome trip though, thanks for the idea!

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