Originally Posted by PBR62
Trying to make it as simple as possible but still have great food for evening meals. Leaning toward everybody doing their own breakfast and lunch, communal dinner or on your own if you don't like the menu.
A few thoughts:
1) Delegate, delegate, delegate. Use the subgroups among your overall group as your natural organizational units and use each group's strengths, considering where they're coming from, their experience, and how they're getting to the put-in. If folks know food allergies (and substitutions) and preferences in advance, usually it's not too hard to plan around them so everyone's happy.
2) Prepping everything in advance so meals are a matter of dumping bags into a pot or two and throwing meat on the grill takes a lot of hassle out of cooking for a big group. Remember, a hearty appetite is the best sauce, and you'll have plenty of hearty appetites when the cook calls "Dinner!"
3) If everyone's coming from different places and may not be able to pack all the food at home and bring to the river, Ed & Melanie at River Runners in Vernal
can do food packs for private trips and would take a lot of hassle off everyone's plate for a few bucks more. They're also the best folks around for running your shuttle for you.
4) I've never seen anyone complain about being served eggs, sausage and hash browns with a big cup of coffee. And serving oatmeal or cold cereal the next day isn't bad either.
5) If your intent is to save money, you can do a private trip really cheaply. But I'm always amazed at how cheap these trips are, considering the experience one enjoys, even when we eat really well. Don't let a poverty mentality run the show.
6) Ask for help. Lots of us have all kinds of trip planning resources we've created from scratch or gathered over the years. Shoot me a note offline if you want some trip planning tools and checklists.
Have fun on Lodore. You're going on a spectacular trip!