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Month: July 2016

Easy Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

Easy cast iron dutch oven peach cobbler over coals

We recently celebrated Ryan’s birthday on the road, and I always love to bake him something delicious and sinful for his big day.  This year I thought I’d try out a recipe that I found in the cookbook that I got with my Lodge cast iron dutch oven for easy Peach Cobbler.  It was painfully easy, but there are a few modifications that I’d suggest to make it even tastier, and I goofed a bit and didn’t follow it exactly anyways (oops!).  I normally prefer to bake things from scratch but it’s great to have an easy go-to recipe that you can use with some pre-made ingredients.  Plus, calories don’t count on your birthday!

Easy cast iron dutch oven peach cobbler over coals

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Road Trip Beauty Routine

Outdoor living, Southern Utah

Realities of living on the road – brushing your teeth outside with no water!  Southern Utah

With 4+ months of living out of a tiny teardrop camper with no bathroom, it’s a fair question – what is your beauty routine on the road?  This is a funny one for me to answer because I’ve never been great at making myself up in the first place.  Despite watching my mom do herself up beautifully each morning before work my entire childhood, I didn’t use a blow dryer or tweezers until well into my high school years and didn’t discover makeup until my besties in college used to make me up for fun.  I just never really had much of an interest in it.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve started to wear some mascara, blush and eyeliner and make sure my hair looks decent before popping out the door for work or socializing with friends.  I’ve never been a makeup-to-the-gym kind of girl, but aside from working out, I do usually make myself up a little bit before I leave the house.  So – beauty routine on an extended road trip?!

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Olympic Peninsula | Part II

Deer, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Continued [See this post for Part I of the Olympic Peninsula!]  Not at all having satisfied our desire to explore the western side of Olympic National Park, but needing to get moving because we are on a somewhat strict timeline, we headed up and around the Peninsula and parked Gelly in the Hearty of the Hills Campground, just outside of Port Angeles and near the main entrance to Olympic NP.  This was a perfect place to camp for us to see our friends in Port Angeles, do some exploring in Hurricane Ridge, and also make our way out to Cape Flattery.

Heart of the Hills Campground, Olympic National Park, Washington

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The Olympic Peninsula | Part I

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

A few weeks ago we spent some time on the Olympic Peninsula, in Washington, and absolutely fell in love with the area.  We adore it in every way, even if it did pour down rain on us.

The peninsula is mostly covered by Olympic National Park, with the very outside of the peninsula all around the Park dotted with farms and cute little towns, and the Coast Guard station, of course!  Olympic NP might just be my favorite national park (in the U.S.) so far, for lots of reasons, including that it covers such a variety of environments.  You’ve got the old growth rainforest, the beautiful Pacific coastline, the majestic mountain ranges in the center, and water – so much water – waterfalls, lakes, coastline, rivers, and lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing.  It’s a playground for just about anyone who cares anything for the outdoors and I am certain that there is something here for everyone.

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Life on the Road | June Digest

Olympic Marmot, Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge, Washington

Hey Marmot, you’ve got something in your teeth! 😉

 How on Earth is it July already?!  We’ve been on the road for 4 months now, and still loving every minute … okay maybe not loving it when the rain’s been pouring on us for a bit, but we will take some rain if it means lovely waterfalls, rainbows and bright sunny days come afterwards!  We are now embarking on the part of the trip that I have eagerly anticipated the most – Alaska!  But for now, here is the tally of facts and figures from the last month – June 10th through July 10th:

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