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Conquering Mt Washington

This past week, while in Boston, a few of our friends from Orlando came up for a few days to join us. They had NEVER been north of DC. And as many people know, that is not even close to the north. SImple things like a basement, or a tunnel were amazing to them. I think my favorite “OH MY GOD” moment was the first drive out of Boston down to the cape. If you aren’t form the area, you have no idea that at rush hour, they open up the breakdown lanes for travel. So you simply just drive onto the highway and you can keep on straight, just ignoring the merging lines painted right in front of you. I did just that, knowing that I would freak the out a bit. 🙂 I know. Not nice.

Needless to say, they freaked out. I loved it.

I took them on the freedom trail, which is a must do if you have never been to Boston. It is a really great way to see a lot of Boston in a short amount of time and to hear all about the history of the area. This is a picture of Paul Revere outside the Old North Church.

Went to a Red Sox Game, OBVIOUSLY. You can’t see Boston without experiencing Fenway. (Even if you aren’t a sox fan, it really is a must do).

Besides all the best tourist spots to go on Cape Cod and in Boston, I decided to take them one other place. MOUNT WASHINGTON. Now, if you don’t know, Mt Washington is the highest peak east of the Mississppi. Tuckerman’s Ravine, which is the trail we took, is a 4.2 mile hike and you climb over 4,000 feet in elevation during those 4 miles. It is also known for it’s terrible weather at the peak. The day before we climbed the mountain, it was 40 degrees with 51 mile an hour winds. It felt like 30.

When I told our friends that it would be cold at the top, it was hard for them to even process. They brought a thin sweatshirt each.  I gave them some heartier ones to wear at the top.

This is me and Brent at the half way mark. It is only 1.8 miles to the top of that guy. The climb was definitely a challenge, as you would expect. There were definitely looks of “I don’t think I’m going to make it” from several people. But we all made it!

There were 6 of us total, plus Bacon, who led us all the whole way.

After making the climb twice so far, I can definitely say that it is a challenge and a great way to push yourself. The feeling of accomplishment at the top is unmatched and when you look around at the view, it is absolutely breath taking. Every moment at the top of the mountain is worth the struggle get up it. (Until you realize you now have to walk back down!)

In all reality, if you ever get a chance to do this, I highly recommend it.

So congrats to Jeff and Christina, our florida pioneers, who came from one of the flattest states in the US, to conquering Mount Washington, the highest point on the east coast!

Great Road Trip Food

This past week, I went for a longer vacation up to Boston to visit my family and to also be a part of my friends wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and a perfect vacation. The only thing that makes this such a daunting trip, is the drive. Yes, I drove from Orlando, FL to Boston, MA. It’s not exactly a short trip and making it with two dogs and a cat just makes it an even bigger trip!

In preparation for the trip, I was trying to come up with some great foods that are portable, would clear out your fridge of all of the things that would go bad, and also help you stay healthy along the way. With so many terrible fast food restaurants out on the road, it makes it really hard to find something that isn’t going to sit in your stomach like a greasy brick.

So here is what I came up with!

1. Hard Boiled Eggs: These ended up being me and Brent’s favorite snack. It was perfect to just munch on and filled you up fairly quickly. They are also high protein and low calorie, so you don’t have to worry about these sitting in your stomach too long or making your feel uncomfortable. By hard boiling them you also can make sure those guys don’t go bad in the fridge while you are away. Yes, eggs have expiration dates, which they have now started to print on the eggs! Whooo

2. Fruit Roll Up: I took my left over strawberries that were for sure going to rot in the fridge while I was away and turned them into something that was fantastic to snack on, packed with flavor, and great for the road. You don’t have to worry about your fruits going bad on you and it is extremely easy to do. (The recipe for this will be posted this week)

3. Banana Apple Streusel Muffins: These muffins were delicious. They travel really well, and were a perfect breakfast on the road. You can take care of the bananas that you have turning brown on you, or use up the ones we all have in the freezer. They also make a great gift for when you arrive. (Recipe will be posted this week)

4. Banana Blueberry Muffins: I went a little muffin crazy, because I couldn’t decide which ones I wanted to make. These were a lighter muffin than the Apple Streusel because I used wheat flour in the previous batch. But these are just another example of how you can get rid of some of your fruits that will go bad and turn them into a gift and a perfect snack or breakfast. (Recipe will be posted this week)

5. Pepper and Cheddar Cheese Pasta Salad: When I came up with this idea, I was looking for something that was going to suit well for dinner without needing to be heated up. A pasta salad travels extremely well and tastes great cold or at room temperature. (Recipe will be posted this week)

6. Apples and Peanut Butter: Although this isn’t terribly complicated, I just chopped up some apples into slices and brought a little tub of peanut butter. As we were driving, this was our snack at 4 AM and it was perfect. The apples were still cold and woke us right back up and gave us the energy to finish out the trip. They were extremely refreshing and would highly recommend this on your next trip.

– Another take one the apples and peanut butter is sliced green peppers and Hummus. This is another thing that would be great to munch on on the road, but you run into the need to keep things cold there.

Each of these foods was great to have on the road for its own reason. We obviously needed to have Breakfast, lunch and dinner available so this is just what I thought would fit in well with our travels.

For drinks: I strongly recommend the Tazo Tea. It is lightly sweetened and gives you a great pick me up right when you need it without getting the awful crash that comes with a lot of coffee or high sugar drinks.

WATER: You are definitely going to need water. A trick is to freeze your water the night before because then it will not only act as a refreshing drink but also a freezer pack to keep your food cold. I did this with 2 liter bottles and it was still frozen 24 hours later. The food was still cold, but we needed to grab some more water on the way. So try a 1 liter bottle instead 🙂

I also found some Tupperware at Target that allowed you to snap a cooler pack into the lid of the Tupperware. All you do is freeze that pack the night before and throw it in the container right before you leave. It worked fantastically.

Try not to load up on energy drinks early in the trip because you WILL CRASH and it will make driving later in the day much harder. Have your coffee and energy drinks only when you need them and you should make it the whole way.

And my little secret weapon and new love….My Cooler Bag! I packed everything into this guy and it stayed cold the entire way to Boston. I was never expecting that. I just got it the weekend before for 30 bucks at Dillards, and they have a whole bunch of other patterns.

I love love love it. It’s perfect to bring to the beach with some beers or cocktails in it. The only downside is, Brent doesn’t really like carrying a pink bag around. BUT, if I throw some beer in it, he’ll take the ego hit.

Anyways, the trip to Boston and the wedding were unbelievable. I just can’t believe it’s over. So stay tuned for a bunch of the recipes for the food that I brought on the trip, and a few things that I picked up in Boston!

Happy Eating!