I'm not one to quickly reach for the Mountain House or peanut butter sandwiches when meal prepping for backpacking trips- if I'm planning a 3 or 4 day trip, I enjoy having fresh fruits and veggies and wholesome meals. Here are a few of my trail favorites, which are not even that much extra weight. Many of them are made from pre-cooked packaged foods that do not need refrigeration, such as minute rice or noodles. The luxury and taste of "real food" is so worth it!
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-Over spring break I visited my friends Bobby and Betsy in Wenatchee, WA, for an activity-filled 4 days!
-Nate, my siblings, and I spent a long weekend in San Diego to celebrate his niece Leiana's sweet 16!
-My big sib Morgan and I were in the vet school talent show! With Tyler and Tony basing and Krysti coaching, we put together an awesome routine. Check out the video!
-We're going camping, abalone diving, bouldering, and hunting for mushrooms near Fort Ross/Jenner in May.
So many projects need finishing!
✓Vega's portrait (my cat)
-Gretchen's tri-panel portrait (my dog)
-Laptop case for my friend Priscilla (2 years overdue!)
✓Morgan's fish paintings
✓Hanging wood pyrography piece for Two Broad's Ciderworks
-Finish my UCD quilt
-Body pillow pillowcase
This is a super comforting, delicious and easy to make soup that hugs and cuddles you like a warm hand-knit blanket on a crisp November day. Makes the house smell amazing. Adapted from Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson. (You don't have to cook it in a slow cooker).
I spent 45 days of my summer biking the Pacific Coast (about 1,985 miles) from Vancouver, Canada, to the CA/Mexico border. I did it fully self-contained (carried everything I needed) and solo, although at times I rode with fellow tourers I met on the road and friends and family visited me along the coast a few times. It was a much needed mental break after graduating from UCD in June, especially with vet school coming up quick in mid-August. This bike trip was so freeing, and gave me a chance to be self sustaining and to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to. I spent most of my savings ($2,300) on this trip (everything from the plane ticket to the hostel in San Diego), and it was so worth it. I found that bike touring is a wonderful way to travel, and a great pace to travel at, and I'd like to do it again at least one more time. I met many kind and friendly people, and saw things most people miss when driving in a car, like vista points along the highway a car can't stop at, and tons and tons of wildlife-- bald eagles flying overhead, an elk, tons of deer, dolphins, jellies, seals, orcas, and more!
After getting back from the trip in early August, I got busy with unpacking, spending a few days with my parents and siblings, and finishing my move-in to a new house. A few days later, vet school started, and I was very quickly swamped! So it's been really nice going back through all these pictures and remembering all the awesome parts of my summer. Hope you enjoy looking at the pictures! Look out for Part II - gear recommendations!
My boyfriend has been out of town for the past week on a business trip and I was thinking of ways to surprise him when he comes home. I visited my best friend at his summer research housing dorm and we ended up playing ping-pong, which was so fun it inspired me to think about getting my boyfriend a ping-pong table. But after seeing how expensive ping-pong tables are ($400-$900), I decided to make my own... and not only did I made one in less than a day and for less than $100, the table is easy to store in the garage and set up whenever you want. Click "read more" below to find out how to make your own and see some pictures of the finished product!