Somewhere in the midst of this trek, I made a comment that it takes a village of players to make this work for the hikers. Another player deserving of recognition is the Rocket Market in Spokane Washington and it’s owners, Alan and Shanda Shepard. Shanda has become of friend of Lauren.
Shanda has been instrumental in helping LauTrav get their trail food, ensuring it to be the highest quality, organic and/or all natural ingredients. LauTrav think of Shanda and Alan every day as they are pulling out their food – the amazing collection of all natural food. It would have been so easy (and less expensive) to just pack “crap” food like pop tarts, chips, or whatever. They have seen many a hiker on the trail doing this.
You can observe from the pictures of LauTrav from the start of the trail to now, the significant shift in how they look and loss of fat/weight. Currently, they have lost 22 lbs. They have lost a lot of fat and they believe this has to do with the quality of food they have had on the trail. Lauren has posted things up before about her Facebook page about the health effects of sugar on our systems up to and including cancer.
LauTravis say with confidence, this is the healthiest they have felt or been in their entire adults lives. They complete believe that this is a result of their dietary choices and the willingness of Shanda and Alan to step up to the plate and facilitate this happening. They send a heartfelt thanks and state they owe them so much for ensuring they got the necessary calories and fuel, that tasted great as well, during their trek on the PCT.
A little bit about the Rocket Market in Spokane:
A Small Market of Epic Proportions™. Our mission is local. We are dedicated to creating a neighborhood gathering place for food, wine, and art. Our store is the road through which passionate, regional farmers can reach their community. While food is what we do, customers are the life blood of our store. Rocket Market reflects our passion for local food, art and the community we serve.
The Rocket Market opened in 1999. Alan and Shanda Shepherd, both key figures in the natural and specialty food movement in Spokane, partnered with Jeff and Julia Postlewait, known as the originators of espresso and rustic pastries in Spokane and owners of the Rocket Bakery. Their goal was to create a new kind of neighborhood market with a focused approach to grocery, emphasizing local farmers and producers, as a counter to the industrial big box stores. The Rocket Market is now a community hub for local food, wine, and art. “ (http://rocketmarket.com/ )