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HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
RE:Post-hike rituals on 04/18/2011 19:03:02 MDT Print View

Cold beer if the company is good.

If there's a long ride home, maybe getting under a faucet/in a hotspring/nearby stream .. or checking out one of those proprietors with showers for hikers (like right outside Canyonlands N.P. ).

Jason Cravens
(packpack)

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
BBQ on 04/19/2011 14:53:16 MDT Print View

My friends and I seek out Southern BBQ after every hike if we can. The more of a mom and pop shop the better. Nothing like getting elbow deep in BBQ sauce after a long trip!

scri bbles
(scribbles) - F

Locale: Atlanta, GA
Re: RE:Post-hike rituals on 04/22/2011 10:10:07 MDT Print View

A giant greasy meal that varies depending on mood, a strong drink, and trying to convince my girlfriend to rate my stink on a scale of 1-10 while she pushes me into the shower...

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Mexican food on 04/22/2011 19:20:13 MDT Print View

I like Mexican food after a big hike.

deanna gaither
(deannag) - F

Locale: NorCal Sierra Foothills
After Desolation Destination on 04/24/2011 00:22:29 MDT Print View

After backpacking in Desolation Wilderness, leaving the Eagle Falls Trailhead - change into flip flops & I head STRAIGHT for The Burger Lounge in South Lake Tahoe on hwy89. Black & Blue burger (blackened spices and blue cheese smear) with garlic fries and a soda!

While the burger is cooking, go clean my face and legs in the bathroom, after using a real commode!

Then home to a hot bath to decompress and savor the last moments before life as usual resumes. (ie; work)

Edited by deannag on 04/24/2011 00:28:19 MDT.

deanna gaither
(deannag) - F

Locale: NorCal Sierra Foothills
Re: Re: Post-hike rituals on 04/24/2011 00:23:46 MDT Print View

Bwahahaha about the AT.

Edited by deannag on 04/24/2011 00:30:23 MDT.

William Johnson
(Steamboat_Willie)
Post Hike Victuals on 04/24/2011 00:29:11 MDT Print View

We love a tasty salad bar after a hike. Fresh fruits, veggies, salad dressings, and all.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
food on 04/24/2011 01:32:34 MDT Print View

Piper, you make me miss santa barbara and socal. Decent Mexican food is unheard of over here. I have fond memories of Freebirds, Super Cucas, The Cantina...sigh. Albeit, they were all in Isla Vista, which I have no desire to return to. But man, I liked Cantina's breakfast burritos so much that the one time I got food poisoning from them, I still went back the next day.

These days, I'm all about carboloading with a Mickey D's McGriddle on the way to the trail, and scoping out a local mom/pop BBQ joint on the way back home. Nothing like starting a hike with a McBrick in your gut.

While, I'm normally pretty messy/unorganized when it comes to everyday living, I'm adamant about cleaning my gear the minute I get home. Down bags and quilts get aired out, trekking poles taken apart to wipe out moisture, shoes/boots go into the bathtub for some toothbrush cleaning, tents are repitched for airing out and wiping down, water bottles rinsed, food cozy washed, etc etc. At least I have my priorities straight right?

Edited by Konrad1013 on 04/24/2011 15:10:08 MDT.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: food on 04/24/2011 18:18:05 MDT Print View

We always like to go to La Salsa, Super Cucas on Micheltorena or Mexican Fresh on the Mesa. I think La Salsa is gone now. Mexican food is perfect after a hike. You got your salt, carbs and protein for recovery. Add a beer and you've got something for hydration and to take the edge off any pain from bushwhacking overgrown Los Padres trails.

Oddly while hiking the PCT I never craved Mexican food. I craved pancake sandwiches. Now that I'm back home in Alta California, Mexican hits the spot.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Post-hike rituals on 04/03/2013 10:11:13 MDT Print View

Rinse off with the 5 gallon jug of water I left in my truck, throw on some fresh clothes and then find the nearest hole in the wall taco shop.

No shortage of authentic, good Mexican food in CA.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Post-hike rituals on 04/03/2013 10:15:18 MDT Print View

No Ocd here, I just look after my kit before I start drinking beer :-)

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Post-hike rituals on 04/03/2013 12:21:51 MDT Print View

I get a burger after every trip. Sometimes it's the only motivation I have to hike out.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Post-hike rituals on 04/03/2013 13:17:08 MDT Print View

I never eat them otherwise, but after a hike longer than say 4-5 days I can't resist a bacon-cheeseburger. I must not get enough fats while backpacking. We're now planning to bring olive oil with us in the backcountry to help with this (thanks to Sarah K for the idea).

Brandon =Þ
(Beeen) - MLife

Locale: California
Baby wipe bath on 04/03/2013 14:04:23 MDT Print View

Typically I change my shoes and socks, mix up an Emergen-C, toss my gear in the car and start it up right away and make a beeline for the nearest bathroom. Once there, I head in with a pocket full of flush-able baby wipes and clean up the best I can. I like to drive for at least an hour towards home, while the girlfriend Yelp's for Mexican restaurants in the area with a decent margarita. If we find one, we pig out on chips & salsa and make loose plans for our next trip, and I bore her with ideas about what weight I think we can shave off our gear.

Cesar Valdez
(PrimeZombie) - F

Locale: Scandinavia
No car for me on 04/03/2013 16:22:42 MDT Print View

I feel like I am the only one that relies on public transportation nearly all the time around here. So no car trunk goodies for me. Usually it's get go bus or train stop that will get me back home. Sometimes at these stops, mostly in small towns in Sweden or Norway, there are small coffee shops or hot dog/burger joints, where I will usually get a hot cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate to enjoy as I unintentionally make villagers uncomfortable on several different levels. There ain't exactly that many 6ft Chicanos in Scandinavia, and even fewer (if any?) that end up in tiny, woodsy towns with a pleasantly grizzled look and strange clothing, backpack, and smell. On the bus/train I will read the free newspaper to catch up with current events.

The coffee and chocolate bar, if I can get it, is just a warm up. When I get back to dense civilization, I literally eat whatever I want at the time at places I know and like. Most of the time it's Max Burger for a big burger, onion rings, soda (one of the few times I drink soda too is post-hike), and then a milkshake or soft serve ice cream. Or authentic Thai place for some chicken pad Thai--because Sweden has excellent and plentiful Thai places (with real Thai people cooking), obviously. Yes, I'm serious, and no I don't really know the full extent as to why.

When I get home greet the family, hot shower, and I too like to then immediately put most of my gear away.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: No car for me on 04/03/2013 17:49:11 MDT Print View

I just realised there are two post hike threads going on :-)

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Re: No car for me on 04/03/2013 18:13:26 MDT Print View

I just realised there are two post hike threads going on :-)

Got resurrected from 2 years ago. I'd love to go with no car but in the American desert or Rockies, a vehicle is usually the only option for those with a job to return to. A post-hike brewski is a perk, however, and a splash in a cold stream and/or hot spring is pretty refreshing around here. Also usually any company starts talking about future trips on the way back.

That said, some club trips I've been on some individuals were a little out there on the return drive, .... threatening waiters with a pistol-whipping because their order wasn't right, forgetting keys and having to cram into the back of a pickup truck after a hike (at 75 MPH, no one can smell your funk though), and a whole host of other issues, mostly mental. Some people you just can't take anywhere.

Edited by hknewman on 04/03/2013 18:14:14 MDT.

James Castleberry
(Winterland76)
Public transit on 04/03/2013 18:53:32 MDT Print View

I use it whenever possible. Yosemite and SEKI are both served well. I consider the $7.50, 2.5 hour shuttle from Visalia to Lodgepole to be one of the all-time great bargains in the backpacking world. The only thing is, every time I ride it, I meet seniors who got 1/2 price ($3.75) tickets.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Public transit on 04/03/2013 18:55:39 MDT Print View

If I tried to get public transport in Michigan I would be in deep crap.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Post-hike rituals on 04/03/2013 23:36:52 MDT Print View

The same is true in the Pacific Northwest. Excellent public transit in the big cities, but little or none to outlying trailheads. What little exists is very inconvenient, requiring many transfers. Basically, if you want to get outside urban areas, an automobile is essential equipment.

I usually stop at a McDonald's on the way home. That's because the Pacific NW places now carry Tillamook ice cream, so I can get my favorite, a chocolate chip mint cone.

When backpacking with the grandkids, though, the essential stop on the way home is any pizza parlor. The eldest, now just about to turn 13, could read "PIZZA" by the time he was 4!

Edited by hikinggranny on 04/03/2013 23:42:34 MDT.