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Evolving Food Views

Evolving Food Views






For many of us, the path that brought us to the way of eating that is best for each of our individual bodies (in this moment) is a winding one. And that winding path often garners criticism. I know it did for me. In transitioning […]

Hike of the Month: Mount Dickerman

Hike of the Month: Mount Dickerman






Mount Dickerman Hike This hike is another leg-burner. And an unbelievably rewarding one. When I set out from home on the day of this hike, I intended to take the trail up to Mount Forgotten Meadows. However, the head of the trail had moved to […]

Vegan Blueberry Plantain Ice Cream

Vegan Blueberry Plantain Ice Cream

This recipe is ridiculously simple. So simple it almost shouldn’t even be called a recipe. But I love it and I eat it almost daily, so here it is!

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Quitting Paleo

Quitting Paleo






I spent the majority of my life until the age of 22 as a vegetarian or vegan. My primary motivation was concern for animals, particularly those raised conventionally on factory farms. Even eating ethically raised meat has been challenging for me, as I have always […]

Hike of the Month: Blanca Lake

Hike of the Month: Blanca Lake






Blanca Lake Hike Blanca Lake is absolutely stunning. And the view is made all the more rewarding by the effort required to get here. The total round-trip distance to Blanca Lake and back is 7.5 miles. Climbing almost 3000 feet in just under three miles, […]

Hike of the Month: Mason Lake and Mount Defiance

Hike of the Month: Mason Lake and Mount Defiance

Mason Lake and Mount Defiance Hike

For this venture into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, I strongly suggest making it an overnight trip – two if you can swing it. The hike is certainly doable in one day, but the trail up to the top of Mount Defiance from Mason Lake is a bit of a haul and arguably much more enjoyable with fresh legs. And waking up next to an alpine lake is an unbeatable experience.

I spent two nights at Mason Lake with my brother and his girlfriend in mid-June. We headed out on the Ira Spring Trail on a Friday evening, with about 6 hours of daylight left. Plenty of time to take it slow up the trail if we needed, set up camp, and make dinner before it got dark. The trail up to Mason Lake starts out with a gradual grade on an old logging road. The road has narrowed considerably into what is now a wide and quite lovely trail. Early on, a brand new log bridge crosses a moderate-sized creek. (more…)

Paleo or Plant-Based? 6 Reasons They are More Similar than You Might Think

Paleo or Plant-Based? 6 Reasons They are More Similar than You Might Think






There seems to be a bit of an ongoing, if somewhat subdued, battle between paleo and plant-based dieters. On some level, I understand the disagreement. At face value, it seems obvious that the paleo diet, which promotes an ancestral diet based on meat and vegetables, would […]

Turkey and Avocado Collard Wraps

Turkey and Avocado Collard Wraps






These wraps are by far my favorite lunch for a day-hike. They are simple, easy to put together, aren’t too messy, and give me my veggie fix out on the trail. The wraps also make a great lunch on a full day of work or […]

Hike of the Month: Denny Creek Trail

Hike of the Month: Denny Creek Trail

Denny Creek and Melakwa Lake Hike

Denny Creek Trail to Melakwa Lake is a really amazing hike. It can get busy, but the trail is long enough that it absorbs people pretty well. I went on a beautiful 80 degree Friday and the parking lot overflowed onto the street. However, I was alone on the trail for the majority of the hike and didn’t encounter any other hikers for a several mile stretch. One of my favorite aspects of the trail is the diversity of scenery and terrain. (more…)

On Hiking: 5 of the many reasons to spend time in the forest

On Hiking: 5 of the many reasons to spend time in the forest






The forest has been an important part of my life since childhood. As a kid, family vacations often consisted of camping trips, and I was lucky to live in a rural area where nature was right outside the front door. As I’ve gotten older, and […]