Since I'm on my one month without spending money I was sort of in a bind last week with my travel plans. I was planning on driving my truck, which has several weeks worth of food, clothes, sleeping bag, etc. I was also picking up a ice chest full of antelope. At the last minute my work told me that I needed to fly rather than drive. They had a 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup that needed to be delivered to my office. The night before I was to drive I ended up making flight arrangements.
Once I got to the office down south I found the truck and had two ice chests put into the back. This truck has a locking camper shell like my own work truck. It had two shovels and a first aid kit in it. There was also a case of water and a half case of Gatorade. The first day of my trip I was expecting to go out to lunch and this was supposed to be my only exception to not spending money for the month. I ended up spending less than $5.00 for my lunch. For the three days I was gone I was given about $95 for food. Great, I got to pocket ninety dollars. The hotel and gas were paid for so there weren't any expenses there.
Because I flew I didn't get to bring much food. I just had a handful of granola bars and trail mix. It could have sustained me for the entire trip but I would have ended up being pretty hungry. It would have been a long, hungry 250 mile walk home, if that were the case. Since I wasn't going to spend money on food I had to think about a way to get nutritious food to eat. The first night I picked up my ice chests full of antelope but having frozen meat wasn't going to work.
I had a great idea. Let's go fishing. My coworker and I hit the local lake and I caught a couple panfish. I was really surprised because I'm much better at catching fish on a river than in a lake. He knew where to fish, fortunately for me. As we were walking back to the trucks I saw some thistle growing. Thistle is an invasive plant but it's also edible. I picked a bunch of thistle (sure glad I had my leather gloves). We went back to the coworkers house where the coworker cooked up the fish and I cooked up the thistle and also made a salad out of plants in his yard - dandelion, purslane, mustard, roses and alyssum. He thought I was a little nuts but he ate the weeds anyway!
I then traded the rest of the fish for some deer jerky and salmon jerky. I did eat Friday night dinner with my mother at her house. My meals were:
Breakfast - hard boiled egg (from chickens from home), coffee, granola bar
Lunch - at the Mexican restaurant
Dinner - fish and weeds
Breakfast - granola bar, coffee in the hotel room, pear from tree at hotel
Lunch - salmon jerky and salad, pear from tree at hotel, Gatorade, water
Dinner - meatloaf at mom's
Breakfast - granola bar, coffee, juice from oranges from mom's neighbor, strawberries from mom's yard
Lunch - deer jerky, Gatorade, orange
Overall, I think I did really well with the eating. This menu was lacking in breads but was pretty healthy.