Just outside Portlad, OR The Timothy Lake Loop is a mostly flat, 12-mile stroll around the Lake with breathtaking views of Mt. Hood and beautiful forests. Be sure to get a look at Little Crater Lake, a small artesian pool near the trailhead.
DIY MREs - Choose foods wisely & you should end up w/a 3-5 yr. shelf life, when properly stored. Cost under 3 bucks each make (including vac bag rolls), vs. a bad tasting 7 dollar commercial MRE with a comparable shelf-life, you figure the savings. BTW...also pack a couple of multi-vitamins with each meal to guard against deficiency.