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I Love the Northwest

Hola!  Como Estas?

I’m doing swell.  I just enjoyed a great couple of days off from work, and am currently enjoying the gorgeous day that we are having up here in Washington.

I woke up bright and early to go to the dentist this morning.  Just my routine cleaning.

Always good to feel so fresh and so clean, clean!

I went home and got my ass handed to me by Jillian.

I’m in worse shape than I thought, because I was definitely having difficulties, even just with level one.  Burn, baby!

I’m currently enjoying a brunch of green smoothie and a leftover Not-Chicken Salad pita.

You definitely need to try that recipe for a quick and easy lunch solution.

Obviously, I titled this post “I Love the Northwest” for a reason.  When I moved back to Kitsap County from Pullman last May, I had forgotten how much I loved the area that I’m from.  Then, a couple of my friends showed me a trail, just a few miles from where my parents live, and it made me fall back in love.  It is soooo gorgeous.  This time of year, especially, everything is alive and in bloom.  With yesterday being as beautiful as it was, I decided to take Keenan and Arlo out and show them the trail.

The trail is only a bit over a mile, but it’s almost completely on a hillside, which makes it a bit of a workout.

You start up here.

And ended up down here.

The trail was pretty muddy, and for some reason, Keenan decided to wear his $1 flip-flops, so he ended up doing most of the hike barefoot.

Such a mountain man.

I’m glad that I live in a place that makes being outdoors such an easy and wonderful experience.

What’s your favorite motivation to get outdoors?

❤ Lindsay

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Road Trip Around Hood Canal

Hey bloggies! How’s it going?

I had a fantastic day!  It was my day off, so the bf, the dog and I decided to take a car trip around Hood Canal!  It was an absolutely gorgeous trip with great Northwest landscape views.  I started out the morning with soy chai and a vegan banana espresso muffin from Samudra Yoga, which were amazing.  The muffin was soooo good.  I love having a spot with vegan pastries so close to my house.

So, we took off, and our first stop was Belfair State Park.  The park sits at an estuary at the very tip of Hood Canal.  It’s beautiful.

Arlo got a chance to run around and explore around the park, and all the new sights and smells.

The wind was blowing pretty hard, making it cold, though, so before too long he got to get picked up and snuggle inside Keenan’s coat.  Arlo’s kind of a wuss.  Can’t blame him though, he is only 3.5lbs.

Once we were on the road again we each enjoyed an organic Lady Alice apple.

Our next stop down the canal was Twanoh State Park.  Here we encountered some lovely signs of spring.

Then, we walked around on the rocky beach.Unfortunately, after this my camera battery died, so I had to record the rest of the adventure via Blackberry cam.

Arlo was out walking around again and left this surprise.

After this, we got back in the car and Arlo took a fat nap on my lap.

We saw some views like this.

And this.

Then this.

We munched on some Stacy’s Pita Chips, and cruised through some sweet forest landscape.

Then stopped at Dosewallips State Park.

After we left, I munched on an apple pie Larabar.Further back up around the canal we got into some farming communities.  We discovered this awesome spot in a little town called Chimicum, so we stopped to pick up some goodies.We grabbed a spaghetti squash, some ginger and garlic, and a bar called a “Caveman Bar” that was made of just coconut, brown rice syrup and almonds, and produced in the town next to mine.  Awesome!

Soon enough we were heading over the Hood Canal floating bridge on the way back to our own little peninsula.

The whole trip took about 4 hours, and it was such an amazing adventure.  I love getting to discover the beauty that lies all around me.  I’m truly blessed that I’ve been able to grow up and experience this atmosphere my entire life.

After munching on snacks all day, we’re finally about to head home and get started on tonight’s dinner, which involves some of the treats we bought while we were out today.  Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the results!

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