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.

Airstream Trailer Rest Stop In Idaho via J5MM.com

We felt very fortunate to score a campsite at the McCall RV resort before the week of the 4th of July.  The last time we visited, it was in the middle of Winter — which we think, was equally as beautiful but definitely a very different experience.  Both winter and summer here are seasons one musn’t  pass up visiting.

McCall RV Resort in beautiful McCall, Idaho via J5MM.com

We also got brave and thought we’d explore some forest service roads in seek of the perfect boondocking site.  We heard that the sites here in Malheur National Forest and the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness are a dream come true.

At first we were very excited until the road started to get narrow — and even more narrow.

Pretty soon we were at a point where we either had to turn back, or keep going.

So turned back we did.

And then we found the perfect spot.

Phew.

Back Woods Camping via J5MM.com

We had a three day river rafting trip scheduled with Hells Canyon Raft.  We had to pack carefully and put everything in dry bags and lock up the Airstream for two nights while we floated down the canyon.  It was really an incredible experience.

We learned a lot about the history of the canyon from the homesteads that are still there.

We picked fresh fruit from the trees on the homesteads.

We got splashed by the rapids, which was very refreshing because it was kind of a hot three days.

We fished.  A lot.

And we enjoyed fancy meals with good company by the river before retreating into our tents to sleep.

Under the most {INCREDIBLE} star lit sky I have ever seen.

That will be fun to write about — I can’t wait.

Hells Canyon River Raft trip with Hells Canyon Raft via J5MM.com Hells Canyon River Raft trip with Hells Canyon Raft via J5MM.com

B and Oliver had a really great time.  B captured some cool video footage with the GoPro and Oliver braved the Class 4 rapids quite well!

White Water Rafting with your dog in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Our journey continued on down deeper into the Strawberry Mountain wilderness.  We camped at Trout Farm Campground.

That was fun!  Probably one of the prettiest dry camping spots we have visited.  There was a creek running behind the Airstream so it was refreshing to walk down there every now and then to cool off.

We had fresh caught fish for dinner and some grilled oysters (that I picked up a market along our way not too far back).

troutfarmcampground

The next morning was an early rise  for us.

We were heading on a full day fishing trip down the Deschutes River putting in at Warm Springs, Oregon —  and as we drove we were greeted with this beautiful sunrise view from Mt. Jefferson ♥

Mt. Jefferson in Oregon via J5MM.com

A  40 mile float down the Deschutes River was a dream come true for me.  I’ve always wanted to experience this .  Thank you  Matt and Nate from the Deschutes River Outfitters guide service for taking us out.

The scenery here was unbelievable.  The fishing was out of this world.  World class White Rapids even (White Horse rapids – it’s worth a Google).

Did I mention the scenery?

Another great experience I look forward to writing about in more detail.

White Horse Rapids Deschutes with Matt Deschutes River Outfitters via J5MM.com

Native Idaho Redband Trout in with Deschutes River Outfitters via J5MM.com

Picnic lunch and fishing the Deschutes river with Deschutes River Outfitters Matt and Nate via J5MM.com

Beautiful wild horses . . . happy and healthy ♥

Wild Horses on the Deschutes River with Deschutes River Outfitters Matt and Nate via J5MM.com

Our last night we spent at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Oregon’s high dessert.  It was our second time back and will not be our last.

kahnetaA picture I snapped of our Airstream as we departed Kahneeta and made our way slowly back to Seattle.

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Thank you for following along on our journey.  I hope we are able to inspire you to visit some of these most beautiful places we have been too.

XOXO
Monica

Dec 042013
 

Tribute

Hello friends :)  After many long nights sorting through photos, editing video from my very first interview (was pretty nervous!) and taking my time to write a special post, it is with great pride that I am able to offer to you my recent article published on the Huffington Post covering our adventures through Montana.  Specifically we were on a mission to pay a tribute to the film, “A River Runs Through It,” as 2013 is the film’s 20th year anniversary.

So without further ado, I proudly present (click the image to read):

Please Click To Read ♥

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Nov 032013
 

Pressure Cooked Beef Short Ribs

From a summer full of adventure to the new season of Fall —  it’s been a lot of fun glamping in the Airstream during this season of change.  I continue to pick apples off my heirloom trees after my early morning walks through the quiet town of Roslyn with Oliver.  It’s a sweet ritual I have come to adore and really look forward to.

While cleaning/organizing the storage in my Airstream last weekend, I happened upon my beloved pressure cooker.  It was good timing too as sitting in my fridge were  some beautiful beef short ribs I was planning on braising away in the Airstream kitchen for a few hours for dinner that evening.  Thankfully with the pressure cooker it not only cut down the timing of braising by more than half, it also produced some of the most deliciously flavored short ribs I have had in a long time.  In less than one hour I was able to serve up those fall-off-the-bone beauties atop a bed of fluffy sweet potatoes. I will admit, I was little upset with myself that I had forgotten about my pressure cooker.  It truly is a time (and propane!)  saver in the silver kitchen. Continue reading »

Oct 232013
 

A Fall Harvest in Roslyn, Washington with our Airstream trailer

There is something about the Fall season that simply warms my heart and gets me thinking about the cooler weather ahead.

Our Airstream, which currently happily waits for us on our piece of property in Eastern Washington sits amongst heirloom apple and plum trees surrounded by this new season.

And it never fails — with the abundance of those late summer fruits — apples and plums — that I’m continually tempted into my silver kitchen to cook . . .

. . . and to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of corporate America.

For me, this is my refuge. Continue reading »

Jun 132013
 

The sun was shining, the wild flowers were in bloom and we were on our way with Airstream in tow to a beautiful, remote area along the Cle Elum river for some fly fishing.  The great people of  Troutwater were our guides and  we felt so lucky to be able to have joined them.  Jim, Tom, Jason and Amber — what a GREAT group of people!  Not only because they are such a pleasure to be with, but because of their extreme knowledge about about fly fishing.

We had such an amazing time and memories to last a lifetime.  If you are ever in the area, give Troutwater a call.  Oh, did I mention they prepare a riverside picnic?  Complete with grilled salmon, wine and chocolate dipped strawberries?  Bon Appetit and happy fishing!  Troutwater can be reached here and ask for Jim!