August 31: National Trail Mix Day

National Trail Mix Day is celebrated every year on August 31. As the summer winds down and fall’s cooler temperature start appearing in some areas, this is the perfect day to pack some trail mix and go hiking (at least for my northern hemisphere friends!).

Trail mix has many names and many varieties – from super salty to super sweet and everything in between. Americans often refer to it as “gorp,” a word which might stand for “Gobs Of Raw Protein,” “Granola, Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts,” or something else entirely. In Germany and several other European countries, this cheap and filling food is known as studentenfutter or a similar variant, meaning “student feed.” It’s a pretty fitting name if you ask me!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
to him who led his people through the desert,
His love endures forever.”

Psalm 138:1 & 16


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