Last week, I was a bit inconsistent with the blog—the reason was that I was trying to finish up tons of stuff before I headed out on the open road on Saturday. It was finals week at school, graduations galore, finishing up writing projects, and making sure Eric had what he needed to take care of the animals while I’m gone.
I left Seattle on Saturday afternoon and drove to Portland to stay over night with my 98-year old grandma and my uncle who takes care of her. It was great to spend time with them. On Sunday morning, I got up early and hit the road to drive the rest of the way to Eric’s brother’s house in Northern California.
This is a research trip for the dairy project, and I’m going to be spending some time at a couple of different sanctuaries for formerly farmed animals. But first, I’m hanging out for a couple of days with Eric’s brother, his brother’s wife and their kids.
One of the things about roadtrips as a vegan is trying to figure out where to eat along the way. Usually, Eric and I like to just get food for the car and stop as little as possible for food. We normally get lots of snacky type foods for the car—dried fruit, chips, cookies, crackers, etc—and I always end up feeling kind of gross and over-sugared/starched. This time, I decided to try to eat things that would be energizing. I brought carrots, celery, hummus, some plain lettuce, some delicious roasted beets with apple cider vinegar, some ginger chews, and some dark chocolate for when I started feeling tired and needed a little pick-me-up. It ended up being great food for a long car trip and I arrived in California feeling tired from the drive, but pretty good otherwise.
The pictures in this post are all from the drive down to California. Even the scenery along I-5 is beautiful going through Washington and Oregon. But when you turn off I-5 and head west to the coast, it gets completely breaktaking as you go through the redwoods and then out to the Pacific coast.
More soon…Headed to the first sanctuary tomorrow.