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Vegan Backpacking Foods

Vegan Backpacking Foods

Backpacking season is rapidly approaching, and I?m itching to get out into the woods. Now that I have transitioned almost completely to a whole food plant-based diet, I thought it was about time that I put together a list of my favorite vegan backpacking foods.

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 a different location and there weren?t any markers at what I think was the new trailhead. The likely new trailhead happened to share a parking lot with Mount Dickerman trailhead, so I decided to try out that hike instead. I usually wouldn?t recommend embarking on a different trail than originally planned, particularly if you don?t have a way of telling someone that you changed your planned route (I always tell my husband which trail I will be on when I hike alone). However, I read about this trail previously, had with me a book with a good description of the hike, was confident that it would be clearly marked, and saw that there were quite a few other people in the area. (more…)

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!

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, the hike ?is certainly a challenge, but one for which the payoff is well worth it. If you can go in the spring or early summer, when there is still some snow on the surrounding peaks, I would definitely suggest doing so. I went in late may during a year with very little snowpack, and the snow made the lake all the more beautiful. (more…)

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 […]

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 classes. And best of all, they are soooo delicious! It?s hard to beat some well-seasoned turkey and lightly salted avocado.

I sometimes put the wraps together the night before, but I prefer to make them in the morning if I have time. Doing so keeps the avocado fresh and prevents the greens from getting soggy, especially if you will be waiting until lunch to eat them.

On to the recipe – these things are incredibly simple to make and can be tailored to your herb and flavor preferences: (more…)

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 […]