“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” — Muir •• Sunsets on Max Patch Mountain. I’m so looking forward to getting my @theearthship tent back up here once spring settles in.
This is my first bloom of the year, an early pop of color that will soon line my driveway. And would you believe me when I tell you there wasn’t a single adjustment or filter placed on this photo! Love the way the mountains are just barely visible beyond the fog.
Because what else am I going to do on a rainy Tuesday, clean my house? Do laundry? Finish my kitchen renovations? I think not. ♀️ (update: it’s actually Wednesday, maybe I should just go back to bed ♀️)
I’ve been thinking a lot about my diet over recent months, sparked mostly by health concerns that my mother has experienced. I’ve mostly lived with a very care free and authentically southern outlook on food, and I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen recreating some of those same recipes I grew up on. Anyone who knows me would tell you I’ve never been one to navigate towards processed foods. I love fresh ingredients, hours spent in the kitchen and savory scents lingering in my house. I’d rather shoot myself in the foot than eat hamburger helper, instant mashed potatoes or boxed mac and cheese. Nonetheless, my diet hasn’t been healthy. I’ve always cooked with a lot of butter, heavy cream, cheeses and bacon along with various other fried foods. No more. I’ve been putting a great deal of time into researching diets across the world and it is the Mediterranean diet which I have chosen to begin adhering to. It has tied for #1 overall healthiest diets alongside the dash diet and is inspired by traditional cuisines of Greece, Italy and Spain in the 50s and 60s. The Mediterranean diet has ranked far above the Whole30 diet, vegetarian diets and vegan diets. In fact, a vegan diet comes in at 19. The Mediterranean diet consists of an abundance of olive oil, plant based fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts and legumes with a focus more towards lean proteins such as fish and poultry. It has been statistically proven to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, decrease blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, etc. While I am doing this for my overall health, my primary motivation is encouraging my mom to eat healthier by creating new recipes for her and learning traditional Mediterranean recipes to share with her. I’ll be periodically sharing new recipes and progress, so feel free to hold me accountable. (Cont’d in comments)
I’m that #roadtripper that will drive you insane with my unpredictability, but you’ll thank me for it later. I am forever detouring down roads that nightmares are made of, pulling over without warning here, there and everywhere to snap photos of everything. You might find yourself riding with me through Death Valley beneath the darkest of skies because I detoured to catch the best sunset, or you might find yourself in the canyons after sunrise watching wildlife. I’m a total sucker for that burning star that lights up this world, I like to mingle with it in pretty places while it puts on that magnificent light show for me. You could find yourself waking up on a mountain beneath a Utah sunrise having frito pie for breakfast over a campfire, only to end the night in a suite in Vegas. I don’t always make smart decisions, but I’ll always find a great adventure. I’m continuing portions of my #ultimateamericanroadtrip this year. Who’s up for an adventure with me?!