Immediately upon entering Oregon, we found a different culture. A family spending a sunny afternoon playing at the beach had a bucket to pick up trash and leave the shore cleaner than they found it. A man walking on the side of Highway 101 also appeared to have a bag of collected trash. A simple Read More →

After our tasty post-hike dinner, we drove out of the beautiful, forested Sierras into the hot desert lowlands below, and stayed the night in the Modesto Walmart parking lot. The cars, concrete, noise and street lights were harsh after nearly two full weeks in the quiet serenity of Yosemite National Park. The following morning I Read More →

From Idyllwild we headed toward Sequioa National Park to see big trees. [ John here: Despite what Heidi says…. We *actually* went there here to HUG big trees, seeing them was a side-effect. ] I still needed to re-print one more tax form at the library, which didn’t open until noon, so we left Idyllwild pretty late. Also Read More →

From the Petrified Forest National Park, we headed into Flagstaff for errand day, after which we planned to camp in Sedona. We arrived at Red Rock State Park only to learn that camping isn’t allowed there! We spent a couple hours walking on the trails at that park before heading off to nearby Cottonwood where Read More →

Austin is home to a packaging-free grocery store,  In.gredients, that I read about on one of the environmental blogs I follow. This was our first stop in the city to stock up on bulk goods in addition to the fresh veggies we picked up in the morning at a great farmers’ market in Bastrop. From there, we parked Read More →

My good friend Morgan has been one of the biggest influences in my culinary life. I met Morgan when we started grad school in Manhattan ten years ago. At the time, I had only just begun the transition from eating prepared and processed foods to cooking for myself. I was just learning about vegetables – Read More →

I am in love. With the state of Vermont. That table of produce on the side of the road after our hike was just the beginning. As far as I can tell, the produce stand to population ratio is approximately 1:3. I knew that my tendency to ask John to stop at produce stands on Read More →

Our hike in Shenendoah was a great warm-up, but not long enough to really put ourselves to the test before attempting a 100 mile hike. John suggested going for a 4-5 night trip in Maine as a warm up, but I thought it would be nice to hit another long distance trail that I’d heard Read More →

We arrived at my friends’ Zoya and Jules’s Brooklyn apartment on Friday evening after our long drive from Shenendoah. John was excited about the possibility of sleeping in the van parked on the streets of NYC – a proposition that doesn’t appeal to me in the least, so I had arranged to stay with Zoya Read More →

We left the trailhead near the Art Loeb trail to drive to Charlottesville, Virginia where John’s Uncle Rich lives. This was a long drive to make straight through. We initially set out to take the Blue Ridge Parkway a majority of the way, but the fog didn’t allow for any views and the curvy mountain road was Read More →