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
Coconut shrimp with grilled apricots and peanut coconut jalapeno drizzle
Mt. Hood’s profile from Maryhill Winery (Columbia River Gorge, WA side)
Sadly, my family bid adieu to our beloved Aussie-Border Collie mix, Delilah. You will be greatly missed, Miss D.
Crazy awesome oyster shooters and beer flights at Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR)
Waterfalls at Hug Point (Canon Beach, OR)
Zucchini “tortilla” and breakfast burrito
Avalanche tulips blanketed the way to Cairin Basin (Mt. Hood, OR)
Mushroom ravioli with roasted butternut squash, hazelnuts and spinach in a cream sauce
Columbia River Gorge view while hiking to Ponytail Falls
Hiking up to Cairin Basin (Mt. Hood, 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)
First pop up jewelry show for Mother’s Day!
New Year’s Day frozen waterfall hiking at Triple Falls (Columbia River Gorge)
Mt. Tamalpais view from Larkspur, CA
First stab at zucchini noodles was a resounding success
Ground beef and veggie zucchini boat
Dahlia Festival (Canby, OR)
A most amazing autumn view of Mt. Hood (Lost Lake, OR)
A brilliant way to spent 4th of July: Cascade Head (Lincoln City, OR)
Manta Ray Dive (Kona, Hawaii) – Photo credit: Hawaii Oceanic
Mountain Biking (Hood River, OR)
Oneonta Falls (Columbia River Gorge)
Pool of Winds (Columbia River Gorge)
Ponytail Falls (Columbia River Gorge)
Stand up Paddleboarding (Portland, OR)
Mt. Hood from Mirror Lake
Punch Bowl Falls (Columbia River Gorge)
Columbia River Gorge (Oregon side)
Crater Lake (OR)
Wildlife Safari (Winston, OR)
Hardy Falls (Columbia River Gorge)
Mt. Scott (Crater Lake, OR)
Tom, Dick and Harry (Mt. Hood)
With one of the hottest summers on record, I found myself extra incentivized to find ways to cool down and enjoy outdoor time. Hiking is a standard practice for me, but I also expanded my horizons and added mountain biking (a first!), stand up paddleboarding and a Wildlife Safari to my summertime activity.
Write ups are still in the works for some of these adventures, so in the meantime, enjoy this little gallery of my hiking, biking, and paddling over the past three months.
One of my latest necklace designs has centered around delicate charms showcasing a single phrase, like “Happiness”, “Believe”, “Inspire” “Hope” and “Dream”. I have never been one for charms; I’ve often found them tacky and that the meaning is lost behind so much bling. That being said, I do appreciate holding a sentimental word or phrase close to the heart. Here are some of my recent creations:
There’s something to be said about female empowerment, and a group of independent women backpacking through the wilderness one August weekend. McNeil Point is a hiking shelter on the side of Mt. Hood, and can either be a hefty day hike or a multi-day trip. My lady friends and I decided to commune with nature, and make a weekend excursion out of the 8 mile trail.Continue reading