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I write from I-81 South about to cross the PA border into Maryland enroute to the Friends General Conference (FGC) in Virginia, the annual gathering of a bunch of North American Quakers. I travel with Johanna & Kody–birthright Friends (born into Quaker homes, while I am considered a convinced Friend, born non-Quaker but later convinced that I felt most at home among Friends). Kody and I will co-lead a workshop called Radical Quakerism for a Rising Generation 18. High School age to early 20 somethings Friends will join us to consider how to integrate Quakerism into their adult lives (and IF they actually wish to do so).

I also will hang with the large and diverse queer Quaker group–the FLGBTQC.

The FGC event is a little like going to Narnia, an altetnate reality where they do folk dancing, discuss global warming and sit around quietly waiting for something to happen, or not.
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Since Kody is also vegan and I stopped at an Amish farm stand earlier today, we have some kick-butt snacks.

Do you have any favorite roadtrip snacks?

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  1. GreenEyedLilo on June 28, 2009 at 12:34 am Reply

    My road trip snacks are not healthy or vegan. We usually eat at home or go to small, locally-owned restaurants. We eschew chains. How stupid is it to eat at a chain when we have so much variety in NYC?

    But when I leave the City, I like to stop off at 7-Eleven, which I have always loved, for a Super Big Gulp and cheese-and-jalapeno taquito. Or I go to Sonic for diet Cherry Limeade, a grilled cheese, and tater tots. (Sometimes I’ll get cheese-stuffed jalapenos or something else fried and gross instead of the grilled cheese.) Since I don’t often cook meat, L’Ailee gets that, and she has an unaccountable fondness for the “lobster” bites at Long John Silver’s. (I can’t even go inside that place without feeling queasy, though I liked it well enough as a little girl.)

    Sometimes we make an effort to pretend like we’re going to be healthy and bring things like carrot and celery sticks. We don’t eat those. We will eat berries or cherries, though, whether we bring or buy them. Probably it would be better for me to eat your idea of road food instead!

    I like the terms “birthright Friends” and “convinced Friends” very much. Lately my best friend and I have talked about the terms we should use for NeoPagans like us, to distinguish between converts like us and Pagan-raised kids like her daughter.

    Most importantly, safe and productive journey! 🙂

    • p2son on June 29, 2009 at 11:12 am Reply

      I confess that my snacks tend to get junkie when I hit the road–potato chips, coffee with lots of that sweet fake creamer. Yeah. It’s good to know that you at least pretend to be healthy sometimes.

      You will be pleased to know that I have bumped into a few pagan Quakers already. One of my dearest Friends here is pagan and I think there is one young person in our workshop who is also pagan. I guess because modern liberal Friends stress our shared experience far more than our beliefs, we can have diverse people of faith (and even no faith) worship together.

  2. Jane on June 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm Reply

    Roadtrip food is often the same as United Methodist Conference food. There are M&Ms, Coke Zero (this of course cancels the calorie content of the M&Ms. Some kind of salty something, pretzels or potato chips — having lived on the east coast for several years of my life I still crave Utz pretzels. And the worst culprit for road food — cheese puff snacks, the more off brand the better. Yes, yellow stained hands are the way! These are also all of the things I like to eat when I’m sitting in plenary sessions as my brothers and sisters argue over what all means.

    • p2son on June 30, 2009 at 3:21 am Reply

      Jane, I MUST snack with you sometime. Surely they have vegan cheese puffs. Do we really believe they contain cheese???

  3. Mia on June 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm Reply

    I try to tend toward the healthy–fruit, granola bars, etc. I always think of pretzels as the ne plus ultra of travel snacks, as they were what we always had in the car when I was growing up. I can hardly imagine a car trip without them.

    On the rare times that I travel without my nut-allergic daughter, I always have some sort of nut-filled gorpy thing. I feel too guilty eating it in front of her when she’s in the car, though…

    Hope all is going well at the gathering–I hope to get there one day!

    • p2son on June 30, 2009 at 3:23 am Reply

      Mia, I am a big fan of pretzels, especially those big log ones with lots of salt. I like how when I chew them and they break down they start to taste sweet.

      Gathering is going well. I am doing far too much, going to too many talks, but there is SO much good stuff it is hard not to over do it.

  4. Jennifer on June 30, 2009 at 1:48 pm Reply

    I’m a pretzel lover, the crisper or crunchier the better. Salt and starch are an unbeatable combo. 🙂

    I’m also into Corn Nuts during trips.

    Writing more to say you just passed through my childhood territory when you wrote this post, I grew up in the Greencastle PA /Hagerstown MD area (right where you crossed into MD on I81). 🙂

  5. mary ann petersen on July 1, 2009 at 5:58 am Reply

    Couldn’t pass up talking about snacks for the road. I am not vegan- I eat very little meat sometimes- mainly fish. And I like the baked goods and baking them myself. However, for road trips I like to pack things that help hydrate and delight at the same time so that means: watermelon or some other melon (pre- cubed). Maybe some strawberries. Carrot sticks, though boring, do work. The trick is having someone in the card to hand feed you if you are driving. This is fun. I did this with my girlfriend on a quick trip from Oregon to and through California.
    After eating all of the healthy food- I do break down at gas stations eventually and order up M&Ms.
    Oh, and for the record, I identify as a Quaker/Daoist.

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