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double mashed? no problem for D after the hike
The Grand Canyon Village has just about anything you could possibly need. It is like a small town within the National Park boundary. There's a laundromat, showers, supermarket, post office, gift shop, camping supply store, and numerous restaurants catering to different budgets. The one thing you have to like about the Grand Canyon is they do not seem to be price gorging.
Considering that they have you pretty much at their mercy, their prices are not bad. Showers are a very reasonable $2 and block ice, something some National Parks don't even carry is only $3. The cafeteria is very reasonable and the food is pretty good too. It is set up for families on a budget and the cafeteria style makes for quick service and no tipping.
Favorite Dish: How could cafeteria food be so good? Well, just hike ten miles up 4500 feet from the Colorado River to the Grand Canyon Rim, that's how. Even after two days without a shower, we went directly to the cafeteria and we had already seen what we were going to have before our backcountry trip. Fried chicken. A two-piece dinner with two sides and a corn muffin is only $5 and the server didn't even flinch when we both asked for two orders of mashed potatoes for our sides. I guess she's seen her share of carb-starved hikers in her day. Was it the best fried chicken we'd ever eaten? It sure tasted like it. Were too mounds of mashed too much to down? Not in the least. Nor the muffin. After our shower, we went right to the supermarket and got a big bag of corn chips and a wonderful local salsa for $6.50 and annihilated them along with a few beers back at the campground.
Comparison: least expensive
Directions: This is right in the Grand Canyon Village so you'll see it whether you are looking or not.
Price: less than US$10
nuts & dried fruit are gourmet meal with this view
Eating in the backcountry is an experience everyone should have to do once. It makes you appreciate food in an entirely different way. First, there is the effort to get the food to where you are. You have to carry everything and weight is a factor. Second, you are hungrier than you normally are due to all the energy expended to get not only the food but your camping gear and self to where you are now eating.
Favorite Dish: Dried food is lightest to carry and one of the easiest to prepare but their recommendation on how much to bring is generally idealistic at best. In short, you almost need twice as much as they tell you to bring. If they say, it's two servings, it's more like one. They are pricey so we've learned to supplement the meals with extra carb portions. For instance, if it's a Chinese chicken meal, we add extra instant rice. If it's a stew, we add instant mashed potatoes. The meals are on the wet side for our tastes so the additions make for a better consistency as well as more filling meal. We generally have an oriental soup of some kind to flesh it out and if super hungry dip into our lunch supplies.
For breakfasts, we have either instant oatmeal or oriental porridge if we can find it. We brought a bunch from Florida but you can't find it unless there is a good oriental grocery. It was even hard to find in San Francisco's Chinatown! Lunches are mostly snacks and are eaten in installments. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate give us all the energy we need without feeling overly full.
Comparison: least expensive
Price: less than US$10
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