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A Traveling GFCF Experience - Part I

Posted Dec 23 2008 9:15pm

Tonight I am writing from Idaho Falls, ID, home of my in-Laws. I am flying out from here tomorrow to Washington DC for a few days of meetings, baseball, and (hopefully) some new GFCF experiences!

Traveling in Montana and Idaho is an interesting experience. Consider this:

  • Montana is the fourth largest state in the US in terms of land mass.
  • Montana is also the 44 th ranked state in terms of population, with less than a million people, and significantly more cows.

I spent the first 40 years of my life living in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern US, where you can barely drive 10 miles without coming to a restaurant or at least a rest stop. Out here, you may have to go 200.

Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. But rest stops and eateries are few and far between. It's 325 miles between Missoula and Idaho Falls, and. unless you are within 30 miles of either city, there is on average about 50 miles between places you can get a bite to eat.

One also discovers a new Murphy's Law when driving in Montana: The urgent need for a child to go to the bathroom is directly proportional to the distance to the next rest stop. The further you are, the more they have to go.

But I digress.

In my writings lately about GFCF fast food choices (or lack thereof), I have talked about the importance of just taking food with you to have in the car. On a long trip like this, having food in the car is essential. Here is what we took on our trip:

  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • sliced turkey
  • peanuts
  • lollipops
  • 100% fruit juice
  • water
  • Panda Puffs cereal

We also packed lots of plates, napkins, and cups. We had more than enough food for the entire trip and had no need or incentive to buy food when we made our stops. And best of all, we kept it GFCF!

So tomorrow I am off to Washington DC. My plan is to do a Tuesday Tidbits tomorrow night and a Wordless Wednesday as well (spoiler: pretty flower pics). I am also hoping to blog about my dining experience in Washington which I am making every effort to keep GFCF. And, as I promised, I will report out on Noah's Pretzels.

I hope you will join me on my journey this week, and that you have safe journeys wherever you go.

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