The drive to from SF to Portland was BRUTAL!
I took HWY 128 to visit Fort Bragg and missed it by 40 miles!
But I did stop at the Drive-Thru tree. They had a gift shop with redwood items, and I almost bought a redwood seedling or a bag of moss for WallE. I’d like to freshen up the space in the van a bit. While we drove up the coast in search of Fort Bragg, we stopped for Tash to pee on the coast a few times, and she kept rolling in sea water. It was also rainy, go figure, since it’s the coast, and everything got a little bit damp. Especially the dog, since she rolled in the sea so much.
We were psyched to drive through the redwood forest and up the coast line, and I took these great pictures.
But when we hit Oregon, my eyeballs popped like balloons in a needle factory.
The trees were not just green – the bark looked like Mother Nature had snorted Matcha Powder and then sneezed on every tree in the forest. Even the powerlines were crying moss.
Eventually, Tash and WallE and I made our way to the Portland bouldering gym: The Circuit.
Follow-up blog with more about that!
Enjoy the photos from the drive.
THE BLUE MEXICAN TACO
Waking up from a warm dog-snuggling hammock to 12F weather and new snow, I was started dreaming of somewhere sunny and warm. So I turned on my Coleman stove and started making tortillas to warm the vehicle.
Made by efficient GSI Outdoors cookware. #GSICooking
– Makes at least 1 dozen tacos.
– Leftover agave, mango, tomato, arugula and lemon makes a reasonable salsa. (Ho! Something for the vegan!)
Herb Du Provence
Hand-Made Artisan Tortillas (always the best)
Toss oil, cheeses, herbs, and lemon in a container.
Spoon a glob onto the saucepan and spread while it melts for a second.
Toss the tortilla on top. Apply to the other side as well.
THE VERBOTEN CONTENTS
10oz Blueberry Chevre
Bottle of White Zinfandel
1 Sliced Mango
1 Diced Tomato
Toss the chicken into the saucepan with a ton of garlic, white zinfandel, and bit of agave.
Cover most of the way. On a cool note, the GSI Saucepan top has holes for some steam to escape, and the chicken stays super soft.
Shred said chicken on cutting board and put back in pan.
Dice tomato, put in tupperware.
Slice mango in long chunks, put in tupperware.
Put it together on the tortilla, and eat in a hammock while snuggled up with a dog, dreaming moodily of Mexico while it blizzards outside.
Put the rest in aluminum singles, and bring this to a friend’s house, complimented with wine and dog therapy.
I made mass-produced KAVU TACOS! today for the Super Bowl and delivered it to 5 parties and 7 houses.
The Kavu Taco! is named after Kavu company because they love fun adventures. Doubtless WallE will find more recipes as a result of following this vein of thinking.
The Kavu Taco!
A work-minimal gourmet #VanLife inspired recipe I used by grabbing
ingredients in my tiny kitchen while parked at Red Rocks Park near Los Vegas, under MPOWERED solar power and using a single Pocket Rocket. Also, the secret final embellishment ingredient is NOT included, just so you all know.
1 Pocket Rocket 1 Pan 1 Tupperware w/ Lid
Soft, Home-Made Style Corn Tortillas Chicken
Box of White Zinfandel Wine
Herb du Provence Minced
Small Can of Coconut Milk
Can of Refried Pinto Beans
Jar of Salsa Verde
Spray Can of Olive Oil
Goat or Feta Cheese
Chop tomatoes on tupperware li
Toss in Bowl Herb du Provence, Olive Oil, coconut milk, some
Press tortillas into bowl to give the tortilla flavor, then toss in Oiled Pan.
These tortillas are awesome on their own! Set tortillas aside on top of box wine.
Cook chicken with olive oil and white zinfandel. Toss in Bowl.
Add bits of avocado and crumble goat cheese in bowl.
Warm and mix refried beans with salsa verde in pan. Pour a glass of Zinfandel.
Grab cooled tortilla barehanded, add spoon of bean salsa, then spoon of chicken, tomato, avocado, cheese each.
Voila! Thanks for joining the #WheresWallE
adventure. Looking forward to extensive cooking recipes and making stories with GSI, Kavu, Mad Rock Climbing, and other friends old and new!
Eat Well, Live Simple, and Laugh Hard. – Tiff and Tash
My substitute teacher in Microeconomics was named “MR. P”. He loved Arabic, could beatbox, and when a boy with turrets in our class walked outside and was kicking and swearing at a tree to the bewilderment of a passing teacher (who he took a moment to register and call a bitch) our dear teacher told us, his hands in his pockets and quietly taking in his runaway student, “You know…life is sometimes like a movie.”
I’ve been finding that we all have stories, we just get dragged down in the details and stress to realize what’s actually going on is a great reel of miniature stories that only the present persons can appreciate and tell as their own tale.
Yesterday I stopped by the Salvation Army to drop off some space-eating items in my van. (Short list: the asbestos-laden insulation that had been kicked and beaten to death in storage for two months; the $100 Jasmine guitar my mom bought for my first music class; some clothes items.) The workers were around my age, with hairstyles like hipsters, and one imparted to me that he also lived in a van. Done, as I was jumping in the cab with Dog to peel off and climb, a truck pulled up behind mine in the Drop Off area. The two workers began pulling out treasures and I blurted, unable to stop myself, now that I’ve become so impulsive, from asking: “Is that a SWORD?”
“Do you want it? Granted Gary here doesn’t want it…no, Gary? Alright, it’s yours.”
Due to the katana’s dangerous properties I will not disclose it’s location in the van. And I don’t ever intend to use it. But it arrived wrapped in a story, and I enjoyed my asbestos-for-steel trade yesterday.
Sometimes life is like a story.
Though not significant to write here, I intend from now on to share these great short stories and possibly the older ones that I’ve told only my close friends. It’s a great exercise, and a few people have told me they enjoy reading my stories. So I will pile on the words, the stories, and the photos and videos for those few who enjoy them.