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Sunset on the summer solstice in Olympic National Park

I almost can’t believe that we’re over 5 weeks and nearly 10,000 miles in to The CSA Cookbook Road Trip (by the time you read this, we will have hit that 10,000-mile mark on the Lost Coast of California).

When Will and I first set out on this adventure in May, we weren’t sure how we’d feel after all this time on the road… Would we miss our bed? Tire of driving? Yearn for a little routine in our schedule? But now that we’re in the final stretch with less than a week of travel left, we can honestly say that we’re a little sad to be coming home so soon.

Sure, we miss our house, our garden, and most especially our pugs and chickens, but we have absolutely loved being on the move, discovering this beautiful country, meeting the most inspiring people and reuniting with friends we haven’t seen in moons. This trip has truly opened our eyes to a few possibilities for the future, and I have a feeling our life path will be veering off in a new direction in the years to come. Where that path will lead, we’ve yet to figure out…

This week, we started down the west coast and finished the book tour with an event at Grass Roots Books and Music in Corvallis, Oregon. It was the sweetest end to a chapter I will never, ever forget, and I can’t thank Grass Roots enough (as well as the 13 other venues which so kindly hosted my book tour) for welcoming me into their tribe.

What else made my week this week?

1. Scoring a last-minute campsite in Olympic National Park, and oceanfront, no less. After taking in a stunning 9:30 pm sunset and 10:20 pm dusk on the bluffs at South Beach, I think I need to start spending all my summer solstice holidays up in these northern states!

The CSA Cookbook featured in Clean Eating magazine

2. The CSA Cookbook earns a glowing review in the June 2015 issue of Clean Eating magazine! (And that’s not the only mention of my book on newsstands right now… Check out the Summer 2015 issue of Audrey for an exclusive interview, too.)

The most badass creative team an author could hope for

3. While in Portland, I was so stoked to meet the designer behind my book, Amy Sly (and even spend a day hiking the Columbia River Gorge with her and her pup, Larry). This shot is one of my favorites from the whole trip — it features the most badass creative team an author could hope for! Will Taylor, husband and photographer, skateboarded for miles down the scenic byways and back roads of Vermont, South Dakota, and Montana on our trip. And Amy, book designer extraordinaire, took to the road herself just a couple years ago and rode her motorcycle cross-country soon after getting her motorcycle license! Badass with a capital B, I tell you.

Swimming in Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge

4. God bless Oregon, where waterfalls like this one are right by the road. A short hike to Latourell Falls also called for a thrilling dip on a summery day in the Columbia River Gorge.

Fog rolling into Cape Blanco on the Oregon coast

5. Yesterday we reached the westernmost point of our road trip, Cape Blanco in Oregon, which is also the westernmost point in the entire state. All that brisk fog reminded us of home — it’s truly starting to feel like summer on the west coast!

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 — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »


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