Roadtrip Gratitude

I’ve just spent the last couple of weeks on the road with my best friend. 17 days, 3300+ km, 2 countries, 3 states, 34 cities/towns, 23ish national/state parks, 9 nights in a tent, zero campfire bans {we think}, loads of sunshine and {thankfully only} 1 trip to Taco Bell.

We travelled down to the Redwoods in California, up the Oregon Coast and then ended our trip with a few days in Portland and Seattle.

One day soon I’ll write about it, but in the meantime, I’m very grateful for the following:

  • the loveliest mix of mountains & the ocean
  • rad Park Rangers, cool campsites and hot showers
  • swimming holes, our Explorer 200 {h/t to Laurel!} and Gatorade {100 degrees F = oh so hot}
  • forest adventures, tough hikes and mega old trees
  • every single state park on the Oregon Coast
  • quaint beachside towns like Yachats and Oceanside
  • the biggest stress of our day being: when should we go get firewood
  • campfire nachos {!!!}, boxed wine and sparklers
  • bike adventures, sweet bridges and beer flights
  • and, mostly ‘winning’ on the I-5 {Google Maps = total life saver}

I arrived home on Sunday feeling very blessed. From forests to beaches to chill cities, this was the perfect end to my soul-filled summer!

I’m feeling very lucky that I have a patient {so many pee stops}, loving & oh so fun partner in crime. 3 cheers for constant laughter, adventure and spending time with my best friend. Sap sap.

Road Trip 2014

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Next Stop: Pacific Northwest

MountainsI’m currently sitting on my floor staring at 2 bags. The first bag for a weekend away in Whistler, the second for a 14 day roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest. Washington, Oregon & California… we’re coming for you! Packing. It’s a pain in the ass. It’s tough to find that balance between not packing enough and overpacking. The last time we went camping, I ended up with just a little bit extra. I had a few layers that I didn’t need and realized that I was totally ok with just wearing a few of my wool pieces over and over again. :) This time is a little different though, we’re going for much longer and I have no idea what the weather is going to do. I would assume the coast will be cool, inland will be warm and Whistler will be hot summer temps, but who knows?

One thing I know for sure is that I’m bringing my favourites with me. Whether we’re going camping, hiking or adventuring, these bad boys are my musts:

If you’re similar to me {ie. always cold} and headed out on a summer camping trip, remember the following:

  • It is always cold in the morning. Remember to bring a hoodie, tights and socks into your tent with you before bed.
  • Layers are the way to go. Tanks, long sleeves and a hoodie {or two!} are musts!
  • Merino wool is amazing. It manages stink, warmth and is a total lifesaver when on the road. Invest in it.
  • Rock your socks in sandals. Ignore the fashion police, put on a pair of wool socks and sandals, and enjoy your campfire.

Now to get back to packing…! Happy adventuring! xo

PS – Travel laundry detergent is a must for longer trips. When all your panties are dirty, you will be grateful that you have it. #RealTalk



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Flu-Fightin’ Vegetable Soup

A few days ago I was hit smack in the face with the flu. Yes, that can’t sleep, don’t want to eat, reach for the Kleenex box kind of flu. Before you knew it, I was down and out aka in the fetal position thinking life was over. Once I moved past that stage {thankfully, eh!}, I was keen to kill this flu and move forward with my life.

After debating what I wanted to eat for an eternity, I decided on a quick and easy soup.  I cleared out the contents of my fridge and the next thing you know this delicious soup was born.

‘Don’t Come Near Me or I’ll Sneeze on You’ Soup

20140705-175551-64551240.jpgHere’s what you need:

  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 2 small white potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 green onion
  • lemon
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • thyme

The how to:

  1. Dice vegetables.
  2. Saute red onion and garlic over low heat in olive oil. Add potatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add softer veggies (zucchini, broccoli, green onion), lemon, ginger and thyme.
  4. Simmer for 15-30 mins or until all vegetables are soft.
  5. Season with salt & pepper and serve!

Easy as 1-2-sneeze! ;)

If for some reason you end up with a monster flu or cold, remember to drink plenty of water {hot water, lemon & ginger is the best!}, get some rest {yes, this is your opportunity to do nothing!} and nourish your body with goodness too {like with this flu fighter garlic soup or these immune boosting smoothies!}.

Yes this is advice for me, as well as, advice for you. ;) It’s super easy to ‘fight’ the flu and try to keep up with your day-to-day life. Here’s the thing… sometimes you just gotta let the body do it’s thing. What you need right now is your monster flu to pass as quickly as possible and the only way that’s going to happen is if you take care of YOU.


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