Recently, I needed to create a new food blog location for work. Seizing the opportunity, I created it for me, too. I'll be posting most of my recipes, coffee, etc. writing over there. I'm still deciding on wine and beer -- I may post both places, I may just post there. But if you enjoy my foodie nature, please visit Sapid Cellar Door.
Spring means a trip to Death Valley. We travel down 395 because it’s a beautiful trip, much better than blasting down the valley. After getting south of Topaz Lake, the same thing happens each year – all of my cares seem to evaporate, and I’m calm. Driving by Mono Lake always brings us joy, and visiting The Barn for some good, old-fashioned burgers in Bridgeport has become tradition.
Then we point the car towards Death Valley, nearing one of our favorite places in the world. The first Joshua tree sighting still makes me giddy. They’re like old buddies that I’ve been missing. I have to keep myself from throwing an arm around their trunks and pressing my face into their spiny bark.
After setting up the tent and getting the campsite organized, it’s time to hike. This year, we hiked up a couple of different washes, following the water-carved paths up to the top of hills as well as wandering along Mable Canyon. The way to the canyon required four wheel drive, but the washboards, rocks, and gullies were worth it for the hike.
Since it was a very dry winter, there weren’t any wildflowers this year. The vistas and geology were as impressive as usual, though, and the lack of flowers meant that we didn’t have to deal with as many people. Since one of the things we love about vacations is finding solitude, we ended up not missing the bloom that much.
This may be our last camping trip using the tent. We’re beginning to have trouble sleeping on the ground and are missing some creature comforts, like shelter from the high winds. We’ve been seriously considering a cabover camper. It will give us shelter and a bed but still allow us the freedom we enjoy.
As always, vacation wasn’t nearly as long as we wanted it to be, but it was lovely while
West Elm is having a sale. Golly that's hard to pass up. One of the things I picked up was a small, sculptural shelf for above the toilet. It works really well in the space, I think. White on white with a bit of interest and texture... it's just what the teeny, tiny area needed. Sometimes it's the little things. Sometimes it's the little things on clearance.
I've been a busy bee, writing a lot and creating a cookbook as part of an internship. Other than maintenance, I haven't been able to do much on the home front. The cookbook is almost finished. My Charles and I are soon going to be on vacation. Hopefully, we'll come home revitalized with many photos of our most recent adventure to share and ready to tackle a ton of projects we have waiting -- including a couple of other things I got on clearance from West Elm. I'm taking next week off, and then stay tuned for lots of sparkling, new posts.
*Sorry about the lighting. Our bathroom is dark -- even with three lights on. I even white balanced.
My newest piece, the first in a series of three. I've had it in my drafts folder for over a week, contemplating telling the story behind it. I guess I'm not ready yet. Maybe after the third is finished. This baby is 36" X 36". The other two will be smaller, probably also square.