Apr 192017

Fly Fishing Guides in Cle Elum, WA

We’ve got a little one bedroom condo located in beautiful Suncadia Resort.  It’s located at the Lodge which is one of the most coveted places so stay when one visits the area.  With that said, our condo has literally been a revolving door of  bookings with new and repeat guests for the longest while.  Miraculously there was one single night when it was not rented so hubby and I figured it would probably be a good idea to head over and check out the current situation and condition of it.  Thankfully everything seemed to be in tip top shape (such a nice surprise).  

Over dinner, hubby and I got to talking about all of the history we have here, which made me start thinking about just how long we’ve been coming out here and all of the experiences we’ve shared together.  Pre-resort days we would spend our time at the Bennett cabin, swimming in Lake Cle Elum, fly fishing the Yakima and hiking to the top of Domerie mountain (which you see there in the last picture — over to the right) but now that Suncadia and Tumble Creek are here, our outdoor adventures have really stepped up a notch from golfing to swimming and even enjoying the spa!  I clearly remember hubby telling me that there might be a resort community coming here waaaaaay back when and I could only imagine how incredible it was going to be — and guess what?  All of those glorious visions I had — they are now a reality.  

One of my most favorite places to dine when visiting Suncadia is at Swiftwater Cellars.  I am telling you, the menu is off the charts and the ambiance is warm, cozy, relaxing and very inviting.  Service is always top notch and owners Lori and Don are just about the sweetest couple you will ever meet.  Hubby and I always enjoy our time spent there.  Plus, did I mention the BOUTIQUE?????  Ladies, oh my goodness!  

In addition to Suncadia there is so much to do out here that one could literally spend a lifetime and still not conquer it all.  If you do come to visit, you must visit Salmon La Sac, it will blow your mind.  The scenery is incredible — literally jaw dropping!  Also visiting the quaint little town of Roslyn will warm your heart with it’s deep history rooted in the coal mining era along with Roslyn’s notoriety for it’s role as the fictitious Alaskan town of “Cicely,” in the TV show Northern Exposure.  Fans from all over the world still come to Roslyn to pay a visit and relish in the Northern Exposure history.  The farmers market in summer is a real treat drawing growers from all over to sell their fresh produce, cheeses and freshly baked breads.  Artists also join the market and the talent that is found there is beyond anything I have ever seen.  It really is such a pleasure to visit and kids love it as well.

I hope that you may get to experience what this beautiful area has to offer and if you do plan on coming through, let us know– you can stay on our lot with your RV– we’ve got a 30 amp plug in– just let us know!  Or you can rent our condo!!  Or both :) If you do stay on our lot, which is minutes from Suncadia and the heart of Roslyn, you will absolutely love our neigh-bors :) They are the sweetest horses, and so very smart!  Once they spy you, they mosey on over begging for apples from the mini apple orchard we have.  It’s hard to resist their begging!  I just love them and I firmly believe, our lot wouldn’t be as magical as it is, if it weren’t for them ♥

We plan on spending this summer up in the San Juan Islands, but hopefully we’ll be able to squeeze in some time to visit the cabin and Suncadia/Tumble Creek because I really can’t imagine going a full summer without some river fly fishing.   We shall see!  Summer will be here sooner than we know.  Hard to believe.


Monica ♥

Apr 052017

Strolling over cobblestone and beneath the cherry blossom trees at Roche Harbor Resort, I hear the gentle, yet powerful ‘whir’ of hummingbirds nearby.   B tells me, “Oh wow mom, look up!  There must be hundreds of them!” We observe in awe as their tiny yet mighty wings carry them effortlessly to and fro the nectar laden blossoms.  They hover for a moment, analyze each blossom and then all at once make the decision to zoom in, ferociously, fearlessly and with abandon gulping nectar as if it were their last sip — and then onto the next blossom . . . and the next . . . until another precious little hummer decides it too would like to have a sip and then an unwieldy feeding frenzy begins.  A challenge of sorts, to be “the” bird to get the nectar.  Such precious little ferocious creatures they are.

It was a glorious show, thank you sweet hummingbirds — the pink blossoms against the blue sky was such a nice touch and every now and then, the clouds would part granting the sun permission to shine down upon us, kissing our vitamin-D deprived bodies.  

I must have snapped no less than a million photos of those fantastically fast hummingbirds.  A million because photographing hummingbirds is not an easy feat to accomplish.  For the longest while I declared Orca whales to be the most difficult subject to photograph, I must now step down from my “I hereby declare that Orca whales are the most difficult subject to photograph!” soapbox and officially declare hummingbirds to be the most difficult.  No question! 

Like the hummingbirds, we’ve been zipping here and there, to and fro many places here in Washington.  A little bit ago, we paid a visit to Suncadia Resort to check in on our condo rental we have there and to see, just how badly it has deteriorated from back-to-back check ins and outs.  Funny how when you expect the worst, it’s really not so bad after all.  I was pleasantly surprised although there are two chairs that are going to be visiting a donation site rather soon, if they’ll even take them . . .

We’ve also been back in the San Juan Islands, spending time with our darling little boat.  I just love her, I tell you.  The ultimate for me (and this will happen) is to find a slice of land to perch our Airstream upon while having our boat moored down below at a dock.  Kind of like this piece of property (minus the dock as it’s down a ways a bit):

We’ve got plans to build a dream retirement home in the islands, but finding the perfect lot has proved tricky.  Who knows, maybe this one will be it.  We shall see.  I am a firm believer in, “If it’s meant to be, it will be . . . and if not, move on . . . there’s something better out there”

In the meantime we are enjoying the hunt for land and everything else that comes in between.  Life is grand and hope it’s that way for you ♥ 


Mar 232017





There was a fabulous discussion over on J5MM’s facebook page about RVing in winter after I had posted some random thoughts about it.  I took away so much from the conversation and now have a handy-dandy list of things to get for our next extended winter ski trip with the Airstream.  One item I did bring that was a complete game changer was a heating blanket.  My intentions were for Oliver to own that blanket but as it turned out, we were all pinning for it after snuggling up in it’s coziness.  As for Oliver, he’s quite a little dog with a very sparse undercoat which doesn’t help keep him warm.  In the past when we visited ski areas and had to leave him in the Airstream, I would layer him up in sweaters to keep him warm — he was not a fan and I knew he was miserable, which made me worry.  So with the heating blanket, I can spread it across the pillows under the pano windows (where he waits and watches for our return) and not worry about him being cold.  I’m happy to report that the blanket worked very well and I’m sorry I didn’t think of it sooner (poor Oliver).

You may remember my previous post detailing how we go about keeping everything from freezing during our trips — here is a link to that — but in addition, during this trip I learned a lot more, like:

  1. The foot upon foot of falling snow outside is oh-so-beautiful when you are inside of the trailer watching it gently come down.  But 10 days later when one goes to leave and unhook, don’t be surprised to find your power cord frozen in a solid block of ice.  Temps warm up during the day, causing snow to melt and well, overnight, things freeze up — this times ten days.  We should have dug that dang cord out every morning after the snow fall overnight, but we didn’t and it took a lot of work to chisel it out of the ice. I swear my arms are still vibrating from metal shovel hitting solid ice (*shivers*)
  2. Did you know?  If you don’t secure your power cord to your trailer (meaning, when you plug it in, there is that little screw cap thingy at the end of the plug that screws into the outlet and it holds the plug-in, in place to prevent it from wiggling around) it could cause a short to happen???  We didn’t know that and oh my goodness, was our cord totally burnt/melted/fried.  Definitely a very unsettling thing to witness — and it was melted so bad that when I did pull the cord out, out came with it one of the pins inside the outlet (inlet?).  It was so bad.  So bad.   Turns out when I went to buy a replacement cord at the local marine store (don’t do that, by the way, they don’t work!)  the nice fellow behind the counter explained to me that boat fires arising from electrical shorts are the number one cause of boat fires!  He couldn’t stress enough to me to make sure that screw cap thingy was securely screwed into the outlet (inlet?) of our Airstream. (I profusely apologize for my very professional electrical terminology — definitely not something I am well versed in).

Aside from those two issues that were discovered at the end of our trip, the trip in itself was very relaxing.  We went an entire 10 days on both propane tanks — but mind you, during the day the temps would rise to around  mid 40’s and the sun was out which helped keep the Airstream warm inside so the need to run the furnace wasn’t necessary.  If it did start to get chilly, we would run a little space heater which helped warm things up (and used electricity vs. the propane).  I would imagine if the furnace would be running 24/7 we would have needed to refuel around day four or five.  We conserved water like crazy and made it to day 10 when the water level light went from orange to red.  A definite signal to head on home, haha!

Cooking was a complete pleasure and those roasted garlic tomatoes with feta cheese — oh my, you must try!  They are deeeeeeelish atop a slice of warmed bread.  The soft plump garlic cloves popped right out of their skins and the feta cheese was gloriously creamy inside.  So good!  Here is a link to where I posted all about it.  We also enjoyed some apres-ski at the local restaurants and pubs and one night enjoyed some live entertainment and dancing.  Hubby first brought me here years ago so it was very sweet and nostalgic for us to relive those good old days and it warmed my heart to see that not much has changed ♥

I’m super impressed with B and how well the boy skis.  He’s come a long way since his little legs of two years old began skiing.  I still can’t believe he is growing up so quickly — a common thing we all hear, but honestly, my mind is blown.  How can he be 13 already?  I think a lot has to do with the day to day routines and having to be here and there and just getting things done, life’s daily obligations — that’s what makes the time fly by.  I think.  I don’t know — but one thing I do know is when the four of us are together during these trips of ours, time does seem to slow down, if only for a moment and it’s those moments that I cherish.

I had a goal to post this post before the first day of spring arrived, but alas — that didn’t happen.  So much going on I suppose — LIFE as well call it.  But I am saying hello to spring and I am so happy to see that is has finally arrived.  Somehow for me the arrival of the new seasons bring hope and happiness and a new fresh outlook on things.  On life.

Here’s to Spring my sweet friends, hope everything in your world is as wonderful as it can be.

Monica ♥


Mar 162017

I would slow down my pace as I walked Oliver past this sweet Airstream  during our visit to Crystal Mountain a few weeks back.  Just a few sites down from us, this Airstream captured my heart and I was absolutely dying to see the inside.  Fortunately I didn’t have to stalk the Airstream too long before owner Jenn opened up the front door and I was able to introduce myself to her.  She gave me a tour and shared her future vision of the interior with me.  I tell ya, I left completely inspired — and, goodness, does she have great taste!  If you look at the photo below, the front portion of the Airstream where you see the silver insulation — that will be covered with beautiful copper sheets and instead of having one dinette table, Jenn and her hubby Shane plan on installing two tables that can raise/lower to suit different situations — a coffee table and a dinette table both at the same time.  Very clever!  The interior is very light and bright that is complemented with beautiful white enamel pieces and copper accents.

This is not your typical Airstream however, this beautiful trailer’s sole purpose is that of a ski lodge.  Outfitted with a bench to store ski boots and a row of hooks to hang up ski attire (all which dry quickly thanks to the most adorable wood burning stove), this Airstream is an RVing skier’s dream come true.

Jenn was so sweet to send me a list of links to all of her favorite items she has in her trailer — to share with you because she believes in supporting all the local small vendors and local makers, “I’m happy to share,” she wrote.

So without further ado, let’s begin the tour!  

Hello sweet Huxley!!  This big boy was such a sweetheart.  Just love him ♥

Gorgeous enamelware . . . 

This big beautiful silver pot is actually an olive oil container that Jenn uses to hold drinking water.  There is no running water onboard, which makes logical sense since freezing pipes is a big concern for fellow RVers who camp in winter.  

Just look at all these cute accents!  I love that little stove and the wall of hooks is so practical.    Jenn lit the stove and within minutes we could feel the toasty heat — I was so surprised at how quickly it warmed up the Airstream.  

To help distribute the heat around the interior, Jenn placed this cast iron fan ontop of the stove.  The heat from the stove, powered that little fan.  I’ve never seen anything like that before — so neat!

Thanks Jenn for touring me around your Airstream.  I’m just so smitten with your taste in decor — and THANK YOU for my cute little red bread box!  Best gift ever.  Ever ever ever.  Thank you!

 . . . . and here begins the generous list of links that Jenn sent along — lots of great stuff!!


Kaico teapot 
Kaico drip kettle on the wood burning stove 
Kaico canisters 
Brushes and Brooms from Burstenhaus Redecker from Germany 
can be purchased at Brookefarm General Store or  Kaufman Mercantile 
White dust pan
Tibetan sheepskin pillows
Woolrich blanket 
Copper hooks in windows
Brass hanging votive holders from 
Tosca storage basket
Falcon enamelware 
Plates, mugs, tumblers, serving trays
Copper dog bowls
Waxed canvas dog placemat
Suede pot holders 
Jan 302017

Early morning sailings to the San Juan Islands are such a treat (once I am fully awake) (and after plenty of coffee).  We rise at a ridiculous early hour to make certain we catch one of the first ferry sailings from the mainland to the islands.  A schedule like this ensures that we #1, do not get stuck in awful traffic and #2 we have the first full day all to ourselves.  The night before I am busily preparing breakfast burritos for the boys to enjoy on the drive up where it’s only us on I-5 and not another single soul in sight — it’s rather bizarre to have the entire interstate to yourself, but I love it.

Once on board the ferry, we sleepily make our way up onto the main deck and seek out some comfortable seating where we can catch up on some zzz’s while being rocked to sleep by the gentle swaying of the ferry and the rhythmic hum of the powerful engines.  The ferry sailing is around an hour and a half which gives us a good snooze window. Continue reading »

Jan 272017

This wasn’t where I meant to be this weekend.  I meant to be at home dusting off my workbench in order to begin working on some new jewelry designs for my Etsy shop.  But rather, sweet friends of ours phoned us up and invited us to come and visit with them at their cozy cabin in the woods near Crystal Mountain.  Needless to say, a trip to the cabin propelled the idea of silversmithing to the curb-and I was very okay with that.  I was, as a matter of fact, in need of a snow fix and boy, did Miss Mother Nature deliver ♥ Continue reading »

Sep 132016

2016 Best Food Blog // Seattle A-List via J5MM.com

Thank you to the sweet person out there who nominated J5MM on Seattle’s A-List site for “Best Food Blog.”  I’m beyond flattered for the nomination (it’s my first nomination for anything, ever ♥ )  and it makes me glad that someone thinks I am worthy of this very special title.  Would be nice!

So if you will, please vote for me friends :)  It would mean a great deal to me, hubby, B and I am quite certain even Oliver :)

Please Vote Here: 2016 Best Food Blog

Sir Oliver Bennett // Canine Wanderlust ♥ Continue reading »