As 2015 came to a close, I realized that while I wouldn’t call it the best year, it was full of challenges and events which have helped form me into a stronger (albeit slightly wider) person. As an active Oregonian, it was most difficult for me to hang up my snowboard for the season as well as my road bike in order to make way for bodily healing. I’m happy to report that I am on the mend and look forward to sharing more outdoor adventures with you in 2016, but 2015 was absolutely the year of much cooking and a few outdoor memories. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, and while I didn’t accomplish all my wishes during 2015, I made many other memories that wouldn’t have been possible if life happened the way I planned.
Below is a compilation of the best of the best:
The best damn olive tapenade e-v-e-r
Dahlia Festival (Canby, OR)
Columbia River Gorge view while hiking to Ponytail Falls
Sadly, my family bid adieu to our beloved Aussie-Border Collie mix, Delilah. You will be greatly missed, Miss D.
Waterfalls at Hug Point (Canon Beach, OR)
Mt. Tamalpais view from Larkspur, CA
Crazy awesome oyster shooters and beer flights at Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR)
Veggie Burger (would have been vegan, but I had to add cheese)
About to descend into the Ape Caves lava tubes (Mt. St. Helens, WA)
Coconut shrimp with grilled apricots and peanut coconut jalapeno drizzle
Zucchini “tortilla” and breakfast burrito
A most amazing autumn view of Mt. Hood (Lost Lake, OR)
First pop up jewelry show for Mother’s Day!
Ground beef and veggie zucchini boat
Mt. Hood’s profile from Maryhill Winery (Columbia River Gorge, WA side)
First stab at zucchini noodles was a resounding success
A brilliant way to spent 4th of July: Cascade Head (Lincoln City, OR)
Mushroom ravioli with roasted butternut squash, hazelnuts and spinach in a cream sauce
New Year’s Day frozen waterfall hiking at Triple Falls (Columbia River Gorge)
Hiking up to Cairin Basin (Mt. Hood, OR)
Avalanche tulips blanketed the way to Cairin Basin (Mt. Hood, OR)