Sep 302014
 

An Airstream Travel Blog // Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

  1. Glamping fashion at its finest — add this darling fleece neck warmer by Skida to your winter fashion repertoire. With a gentle reminder of summer flowers inspired by Monet, it will surely brighten up any winter day.
  2. I’ll be making this warm skillet bread and artichoke spinach dip this winter.  No question.  It not only seems as if it would be time saving but also an incredibly delicious appetizer or dinner even — served up with a salad.  Find the beautiful recipe here
  3. This is my new perfect coffee making vessel called the Chemex.  I love it for its versatility in multi-use from a coffee maker to start, to a flower vase and lastly, a wine decanter anymore?  Plus it’s beautiful . . .
  4. I can never stop obsessing over cute cutlery for my trailer.  Thanks Anthropologie for this new release.  Gold dots or black ones.  Your choice and oh so lovely!

Peace & Love XOXO

~ Monica

Chemex Flower Vase via J5MM.com

Sep 222014
 

Fishing the Cle Elum River in Washington State via J5MM.com

As sure as the summer sun sets and the big moon rises, my heart is drawn to this river that runs just beyond our property.  I call him Mr. River (and I love him).  Hubby doesn’t seem to mind.

It is here where I feel most at peace.  It is here where most of my summer is spent fly fishing, writing, crafting and frolicking about with Oliver.  Mr. River flows not only through the windy channel he has carved out, but also through my heart.  Our hearts.  I feel my brother is here too.

To get to Mr. River, we must travel through gravely back roads.  Only a few people know of this and I feel proud I can navigate when I do come here alone.

Backwoods River Drive via J5MM.comCle Elum River, Washington Fly Fishing Mecca

To begin our days spent with Mr. River, we enjoy early mornings on our property with simple breakfasts . . .

Glamping Breakfast via J5MM.comEarly Morning Coffee via J5MM.comRiver dog on the Cle Elum River, WashingtonBackroads with Oliver via J5MM.comB Fishing The Cle Elum River via J5MM.comRiverside Snack via J5MM.comCatch and Release Baby Rainbow Trout via J5MM.comRushing RiversFly fishing the Cle Elum River in Washington State via J5MM.comRiver Walk via J5MM.comAfter Fishing Lunch via J5MM.comThe Transforming Cle Elum River, Washington State via J5MM.com

Mr. River’s friends, the tall trees that live along his banks, give B a gift of a bark puzzle.  He is mesmerized by it.

tree puzzle

Some days I fish and other days I sit alongside Mr. River and create.  Sometimes I come with hubby and B and sometimes I come alone. I dip my toes into the water and make sage bundles.  I listen to Mr. River gently talk to me as I craft. He tells me that when I am here, with him, everything in the world is right. I love him.

River Craft via J5MM.comAirstream in Autum via J5MM.com // A River Story //Black Eyed Susanproperty (2 of 8)

The days spent with Mr. River are warm and when we come back to camp, the wind picks up with a slight chill to it.  We make ourselves at home and I prepare a pot of comforting chicken stew.  I love cooking in my silver kitchen.

Airstream Kitchen via J5MM.com

I make Mr. River Earrings.  They serve as a reminder of him and my summer spent here.  The blue stone is for his rushing waters, the chain symbolizes his swiftly flowing movement, the red is for the wild berries that grow alongside his banks and also the strawberries that live alongside my coalminers cabin.  The brown agate stone reminds me of the spotty skin of his trout, or the slippery stones I carefully and gently walk upon — and the pink gem reminds me of the sparkles that radiate off his waters.

Mr. River Earrings via J5MM.comRiver Earrings via J5MM.comRiver Love via J5MM.com

It was a whirlwind love affair I will never forget ♥

Goodnite Airstream

Sep 122014
 

DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1Fishing on the Deschutes River with Matt Carter and Nate Turner with Deschutes River Outfitters via J5MM.com

Matt Carter, our guide — from Deschutes River Outfitters showing me how it’s done.  Matt is a super talented angler and has been featured in many magazines and recently was featured on the cover of Fly Fisherman.  In addition, each summer he travels to Mongolia as a fly fishing guide.  Kinda crazy if you ask me, but follow your passion I say and this man certainly does :) Continue reading »

Sep 022014
 

SOCK1

These socks.

They have my heart.

Sounds kind of corny, but oh how I love them.

I love them !!

I’m not big on fashion socks — the last time I bought a cute pair such as these was a very long time ago.  10 years maybe?   Back when I was into my clog phase (which I seem to be reentering as of late) . . .

But if you, my sweet reader of J5MM love FUN socks — love CUTE socks — want to give a unique gift to the Glamper in your life?  Christmas stocking stuffer perhaps?  Go now and buy these !!  I bought mine at my local Nordstroms – but you can also buy them online here.  They are by the company called Hot Sox.

Hot Sox S'mores Crew Sock via J5MM.com
They even have a camping/fishing version too — here :)

Peace & Love,
Monica XOXO

Aug 312014
 

Frends Layla Headphones

When sitting down to write here on J5MM or out and about during our travels, my Layla headphones from Frends are always with me.  I love them that much :)  In fact, I love them so much that I am writing about them here on J5MM to share with you.  I’ve owned many a pair of headphones from your dollar store variety to the more costly Beats by Dr. Dre and I can honestly say to you, from the bottom of my heart that these headphones you see in that picture above are my end-all-to-all-headpones.  They are the “Layla,” headphones in gold from the company called Frends. Continue reading »

Jul 292014
 

Rafting in Hells Canyon

Sitting on the edge of the Airstream bed while petting Oliver, B watches me with a curious eye as I pack his dry bag.  A nice {big} dry bag that Kurt and Heidi from Hells Canyon Raft dropped off with us at our campsite at the McCall RV Resort.  Tomorrow morning we begin a multi-day whitewater rafting trip with them. Where the Snake River heads north and carves the border between Idaho and Oregon, it forms the infamous Hells Canyon which happens to be the deepest gorge in North America (and deeper than the Grand Canyon!) and just happens to be where our rafting trip will take us . . . Continue reading »

Jul 172014
 

Peak to Valley Airstream Road Trip via J5MM.comCampfire Cookout via J5MM.com

It’s getting close to one week when we returned from a beautiful summer road trip through Idaho and Oregon.  In between working in corporate America, taking care of hubby and B, walking Oliver and the rest of the usual day to day activities I am doing my best to sort through all of the photographs I took during our Peak to Valley adventure.  I call it Peak to Valley because our trip took us from the peaks of alpine life in McCall, Idaho to the valleys down below where Hells Canyon in Idaho and the Deschutes river in Oregon call home. Continue reading »

Jun 102014
 

Anacortes ferry landing via J5MM.com

Sometimes when life gets super busy, it helps me to sit down and take note of everything happening around me.   The last two weekends for us have been spent up on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The purpose of our first visit was to reconnect with friends and have a party in their honor back at our camp.   I wanted everything to be perfect so I worked very hard on that trip for a couple of months prior.  The party went off without a hitch and so many wonderful things happened that weekend that I really look forward to sharing with you.

orcas2

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