Hours are potlucks where participants are asked to bring
appetizers, snacks, desserts, or munchies of their choice to
share with the group at a few of the happy hours -- there is no
planned menu. Many people have found that the happy hours provide sufficient food
to provide their
dinner. Other participants prefer to prepare a light meal in
addition to the Happy Hour food -- they may have this privately
or with the group. Some leaders may prepare a pot of soup
nightly as a supplement to the happy hour food.
Group Dinners: Most trips will have a salad night as a group
meal on the first night.
The leaders provide salad greens and dressings and the participants
bring some ingredients for the salad bar. Another popular group
meal is a quesadilla night when the leaders provide tortillas,
cheese, and salsa; participants bring an ingredient that can be
added to the quesadillas. On these nights, participants will not
need to prepare their own dinners. If a trip description refers
to one or two "Group Meals", you can expect to have the salad
and/or quesadilla night and the other evenings will be the basic
trip description refers to "Planned potlucks", the leaders
assign a different pair of participants to bring a main dish for
the nights when quesadilla or salad or "leftover"
group meals are not
held. Other participants are assigned to bring a certain number
of desserts or appetizers. The leftover meal is always the last
night. All the group dinners are "communal" with everyone eating
together. On many trips, some people enjoy having breakfast
together with informal sharing and pots of hot water provided.
dinner plans, no one has ever gone hungry on a Mule Pack trip.