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Five Things Friday

Salton Sea

The five little things that made my week…

1. Road trip around the entire 116-mile coastline of Salton Sea.

Salvation Mountain

2. Walking up Salvation Mountain in Slab City, which you may remember from the movie “Into the Wild.” (One of my all-time favorites! I had to watch it again after spending an afternoon in the Slabs.)

Palm Springs getaway

3. A getaway to this beautiful vacation home in Palm Springs for the hubby’s birthday. The views, the sun, the saltwater pool, and of course, the bottomless beers… we could get used to that life.

Of course, it ended up being a working vacation because…

First pass of my book

4. The first pass of my book arrived! So strange yet so exciting to finally see all the words, images, and designs come together into something that actually resembles a book. Four days and 224 pages later, the first round of edits have been marked up and sent off to the publisher. Getting.so.close!

Pooped like a pug

5. And this is exactly how I feel at the end of the week. TGIF!

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป


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    September 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    There’s also a fantastic trail in the Agua Caliente reservation, in the south of Palm Springs, called Murray Canyon and the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Looks like a fun trip Linda!

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      September 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks for the info! Putting that on my list as well. Can’t wait for a repeat visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    September 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Hope you were able to check out 7 Ladder Canyon by Salton Sea… It is so unmarked – but really a beautiful trail…

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      September 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I didn’t do any hikes around Salton Sea this time (it was 111 degrees!) but that whole area is on my list to revisit in the winter. I’ll have to remember 7 Ladder Canyon for next time… thanks!


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