|Scary, isn't it?|
You know that whole economy starting to rebound thing? Yeah, well, I think we might be causing it. We're in the process of purchasing a ton of stuff to get the boat and ourselves ready to sail away. We need a new anchor chain (shockingly expensive), a smorgasbord of safety equipment (PFDs, tethers, epirb, foul weather gear), a new handheld VHF and marine GPS, a new dinghy, new line, new clothes (shorts, swimsuits, sunglasses), and now ... our trip to Costco.
I've been wondering how we would handle provisioning for this trip. Do you take a ton of food? Or just buy food along the way? As you can see, we've gone with the former. When we finally got to the checkout line, it looked like we were getting prepared for a beach apocalypse, complete with swim fins. Seriously, I could barely push the cart.
We purchased 15 pounds of basmati rice; 20 pounds of flour; 10 pounds of sugar; 10 pounds of oatmeal; innumerable cans of soup, tuna, tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce; chicken stock; 1 package of canned chicken (still dubious about this one); pasta; batteries; paper towels; Ziplocks; peanut butter; olive oil; white vinegar; toothpaste; grill lighters; coffee; and an impulse buy of prepackaged lentils (why not just buy regular lentils? I don't know! I kind of lost it toward the end).
We also got a great deal on snorkel gear, a 1.5 terabyte hard drive, new contacts for yours truly, and some really handy reading lights. Perhaps we've overdone it. It's certainly more money than I've ever spent on groceries in my life, but how do you say no to 20 pounds of organic flour for $10? I've read that you shouldn't bring the entire grocery store with you when you go, but, honestly, except for the canned chicken we will use all of the stuff we bought, just as long as we store it correctly to protect it from moisture and bugs. And to repeat my new mantra, now we just have to figure out where to put all this stuff.