It all started back in my very first apartment during my sophomore year of college. Both the holidays and finals were rapidly approaching and I had a full kitchen at my disposal after a year of living in the dorms with a microwave and mini-fridge. I needed a way to both procrastinate writing papers and to get into the holiday spirit in sunny San Diego. And so, I covered all the flat surfaces in my two bedroom apartment (shared with three other girls) with cookies.Read More
The Abel Tasman Coast Track, one of New Zealand's Great Walks, covers a 54.4 kilometer track between Marahau and Wainui in Abel Tasman National Park complete with epic beach views, estuary crossings, and suspension bridges. On our last trip to New Zealand we opted to lighten our load by not bringing camping gear, leaving us only able to hike day length portions of the Great Walks.Read More
What I Was Reading & Watching
This is why I've been reading Shauna's blog for years. She's real and has no fear in shouting it out.Read More
Digging into my film archives is always fun to do - especially since turns out I did a fair amount of traveling when I was younger! These shots were taken with my Canon EOS Elan SLR all the way back in 2004 during a trip with my dad to Yosemite and Tuolumne Meadows. We spent just a little bit of our time in the valley and the rest of it up in the meadows and hiking to Elizabeth Lake (which I distinctly recall hiking to in flip flops instead of my hiking shoes - totally on purpose).Read More
Even after being chased off by strong winds and an incoming storm, Wilcox Pass is currently holding the title of my favorite day hike in the Canadian Rockies. Beginning just north of the Banff National Park border, this eight kilometer trail wanders through the forest and quickly emerges above the tree line to some outstanding views of surrounding peaks and glaciers.Read More
Driving across Northern Spain we did our best to stay off the main highways in order to better explore the countryside. My favorite section of our drive, aside from Basque Country of course, was through the region of Aragón. It just doesn't get more charming then getting stuck in random horse traffic jams and discovering abandoned hill top cities like Esco on the side of the road.Read More
Although I ordered my gluten free turkey a couple of weeks ago, I pretty much forgot about planning our Thanksgiving menu until this week. After looking at the calendar and realizing how quickly one of the best dinners of the year was approaching, I managed to jot down a full shopping list in about five minutes.Read More
Exactly a year ago today, I left Seattle for New York City on a one way ticket.
It's part of my day job, albeit a rare part, when I have to drop everything in the rest of my life and get on a plane without knowing when I'll get to come home.Read More
We actually visited the Athabasca Glacier for the first time two years ago, took our chances and walked around on it. Returning this year, the glacier appeared to have changed quite a bit - it looked flatter, the river was larger, and walking on it was no longer tolerated, except on tours. So instead of exploring on top of the glacier - we wandered around the moraines spotting beautiful scene after beautiful scene.Read More
It's my birthday and the last one of my twenties, so I'm going to take the liberty to try out out a new type of post today.
During the last reader survey, you all let me know you'd like to hear more about what kind of gear I'm wearing and bringing with me during my adventures. So consider this your first taste of a new occasional series here on Gluten Free Travelette.Read More