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National Trail Mix Day

National Trail Mix Day is dedicated to the snack mix of sustenance, which was conceived to be taken along on hikes. It is easy to carry and usually nutritious, often containing raisins, nuts, and granola. Chocolate is often also added. It's at least been around since 1910, when it was mentioned in Horace Kephart's The Book of Camping and Woodcraft. In many European countries it is known as "student snack" or "student food", and many hikers refer to trail mix as "gorp". This may be an acronym for "good old raisins and peanuts" or "granola, oats, raisins, peanuts."

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by eating trail mix! Go on a hike or bike ride and take it along. Maybe you can find a trail in a state or national park. If you plan on hiking with friends, one idea is for everyone to bring one ingredient, and to make one big batch of trail mix! If you are making your own, there are so many recipes you could try. Since it also happens to be Eat Outside Day, make sure you are eating your trail mix outside. This isn't too hard to do if you are going on a hike, and at least you won't need to worry about dropping a piece of your mix on the floor, as that always seems to happen!

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