In anticipation of our hike today, I made some granola last night to take along with us.
Homemade granola is one of those things that’s good to take along in these situations and you can put whatever you want in it. I like to throw things in there that I have laying around-like nuts and dried fruit. It’s good to eat on it’s own, add it to some yogurt, or as cereal.
- 3 C oats
- 1/3 C wheat germ (optional)
- 1 C shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup nuts (chopped or ground-whatever texture you like)
- 1 C dried cranberries
- 1/4 C honey
- 1/4 C brown sugar
- 3 T vegetable oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 T maple syrup
- 1/2 C yogurt chips (chocolate chips would be good also)
Mix oats, wheat germ, coconut, nuts, and cranberries in a bowl.
Mix honey, brown sugar, oil, salt, and syrup in a separate bowl.
Add sugar mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
Spread evenly over a baking sheet and bake x 15 minutes at 325 degrees. Mix half way through cook time.
Let cool completely. Mix in yogurt chips. Add to baggies or container.
We went hiking near segment 6 of the Colorado Trail which is near Kenosha Pass. Here is what went down. For reals.
- 9:15- Mean husband rudely pulls off comforter and yells, “Get up now! We’re going hiking!”
- 9:25- Out the door in 10 minutes. Getting ready this fast involves years and years of practice. –and not giving a crap what you look like in the wildnerness. I believe in natural beauty.
- 10:45- Get there without Joe killing us with his driving. We start our hike, which I now know to be an ascent to 10,000 feet of hell.
- 10:47- I have never seen so many Columbine flowers in my life!
- 10:49- Aspen trees everywhere. Some have carvings on them.
- 11am- Carvings like this? WTF. The nurse in me doesn’t see romantic initials. I see Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation + Altered Mental Status. Which equals 2 out of the 5 patients you were assigned to on the hospital floor. Some nights, 4 out of 5 AMS patients.
- 11:17- Joe decides to leave the trail and veer off onto another trail. This is not like him. I don’t like this. What if there’s a bear? What if there’s a mountain lion? I don’t want to be on the evening news as a lost hiker. I for damn sure don’t wanna go up this hill.
- 11:18- I am going up this hill.
- 11:20-We make it up the hill. Alive. Without chest pain. So far it’s a win win. We enjoy the view.
- 11:22- Me: “Can you imagine rolling down this hill? That would be crazy.”
Joe: “Yeah, that would be somethin.”
- 11:23- Me: “Oh hell no, I am not goin up that hill.”
Joe: “Yes you are. I need to toughen you up.”
- 11:24- I am going up this effin hill.
- 11:25- We hear an ATV or dirt bike in the distance. So far we have seen NO ONE on this trail. We stop to let him go by.
- 11:26- I’m thinking to myself: He does not have enough speed to make it up this hill. And just like that, the bike falls over and he goes rolling down the hill. Now I know what it looks like to see someone roll down that hill. It happened in slow motion I kid you not.
- 11:26- We run over to him and help him up. Thank God he was wearing a helmet. For the next 10 minutes we are lifting his bike up out of the rocks and turning it around for him. On a steep hill. In the hot sun. We were there at the exact right moment. There was no one else around and he would have been stranded there for awhile.
- 11:38- We situate him on his dirt bike so he can go on his merry way back down the hill. Then he falls off his bike and goes rolling down the same hill again. At his point, I am laughing my ass off. Wow. Then I thought, omg is he okay? He rolled down the hill which must have been at least 10 times. Have you ever seen the movie, Black Sheep, when Chris Farley rolls down that mountain? That’s what that reminded me of. Here is my reenactment:
- 11:40- We help him and his bike up again and away he goes.
- 11:41- Me to Joe: “I told you we shoulda stayed on that trail and not climbed up all these damn steep hills!”
- 12:00- We make it the top and then begin our descent.
- 12:25-We make it to the car. Me: “Where’s my damn granola.”