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Five Things Friday

Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah

After being couchbound and under the weather these past few weeks, I finally feel some of my energy returning… and just in time, as the hubby and I are taking off to Oregon this weekend for a rafting trip on the Rogue River. It’s the old man’s birthday (wink), and paddling the Rogue has long been on his list of dream adventures since taking up kayaking a few years ago. While he’ll be tackling the rapids in his kayak, I’ll be sitting on the support raft, soaking up the sun, shooting lots of pictures and getting some much-needed outdoor time!

Because embarrassingly, I’ve been far behind on work but well caught up on TV. In the midst of my tea-sipping, movie-watching, blanket-snuggling, midday-snoozing daze, I somehow (finally) managed to sort through all the pictures from our book tour/road trip and whittled them down to just under 1,700 shots. So let’s make this Five Things Friday a Flashback Friday as I revisit some of my favorites from our trip!

1. Taking the trail less traveled to Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah. (Special thanks to Duluth Trading Company for the duds! Pictured here are the Armachillo Long Sleeve Solid Shirt, DuluthFlex Dry on the Fly Convertible Pants, and Lifetime Leather Convertible Messenger. They’re not necessarily made for hiking, but the technical fabrics and generous cuts actually make them perfect for outdoor pursuits.)

Misty Creek Goat Dairy in Leola, Pennsylvania

2. Visiting Misty Creek Goat Dairy in Leola, Pennsylvania. It belongs to an Amish farmer named Amos, who’s as nice as can be and definitely knows his cheese. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area!

Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone

3. Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone, shortly before it erupted. Another check off the life list!

Logging truck in Idaho

4. Following a logging truck somewhere along an Idaho highway. This made us laugh because we imagined a giant mason bee emerging from the logs… Doesn’t it look like a native bee house or insect hotel? Clearly, writing this blog has given me a strange sense of humor.

Two cows on a hill on the Lost Coast Scenic Drive

5. Two cows on a hill. How cute are they? Spotted on the Lost Coast Scenic Drive in California, somewhere between Petrolia and Shelter Cove.

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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    August 21, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Cheers to the great outdoors!

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    Cary Bradley
    August 21, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. Hope you’re back in the pink toute de suite! Linda, that leather bag is gorgeous. Think I may have to go shopping at Duluth. My generous mom gave me a Coach bag that was called their bucket bag decades ago and I wore it out finally. Hub replaced it and it is now embarrassingly tattered too. Looking for another as Coach has gone sheeshee and their modern designs are no longer timeless. That Duluth bag looks alot like my bucket bag. Thanks for the recommendation!!! Love the logging truck shot. Reminds me that some of our favorite memories of our 2-week summer tours in motor home in the 70s were of following back roads in the west. My dad was happy to stop to talk to local farmers, rock hounders, folks we found out and on the road. Once we did follow an empty logging truck uphill to its refill point and had the coolest conversation with Weyerhauser loggers in Wash or Oregon. Amazing!!! Home movies of them loading the trucks are priceless. Thanks for the memory! (feel better!)

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      August 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      I love the Lifetime Leather bags from Duluth. I also have the medium sling. After using both for seven weeks straight on my road trip, the leather’s only gotten softer! I think you’ll like them.


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