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!