Sustainable SW Blogs
Durango Saison and Stouts, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
Cocktails at the Carver Brewing Company in Durango. They have a delicious saison and traditional stout right now.
Road Juicing, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
We need to juice every other day. Sesame eats the pulp and it helps her belly. We also just love juicing for our own digestive ease. This is an apple, sweet potato, turmeric and carrot blend. We call it "glow" as they is what it is supposed to do for your skin. My tiny 200W beeped a bit, but ultimately completed the task without shutting off.
Stick a Shoe in It, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
This door won't stay open. Here is my "shoelution".
Waking up in the San Juan's, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
We actually found a pretty rocking camp site outside of Pagosa Springs last night. It was complete with trails just off of a forest service road.
So far I have had no trouble connecting to wifys while on the road. The only glitch I had was uploading video to the web. I am not at cafes long enough for the uploads to finish. Luckily a member of the project's team was able to handle this for me.
Coffee shops and wilderness make fine office space, each has its mood and atmosphere. Sometimes it is inspiring to tap-tap-tap at my laptop keys while other people around me do the same. There are moments, like when writing copy or contemplating the next move, I prefer the squawk of overhead geese. As I type this I hear a woodpecker getting it on with a nearby pine tree set to the backdrop of Air which Mikey is broadcasting from a bluetooth speaker. My phone service's personal hot spot option has made web connection in the forest no prob.
(image: Can you tell someone is working in this vehicle by the antenna hanging out the window? Yah, it's Mikey picking up a cafe's wifi.)
One of the things I most looked forward to about living in my vehicle is waking up to natural beauty and the sound of birds, bugs, and wind. Last night as we pulled into the forest to sleep we saw a half dozen elk run past us and up the mountain. Though we stayed with friends in San Cristobol the previous night, we were hardly removed from nature. We enjoyed waking from a sweet yurt beautifully placed in a serene valley. Upon waking on the national forest road that we parked on last night (legal to do if your 40 ft from the road) we discovered meadows and vistas with expansive views of the San Juan mountains. Not bad at all!
We've been on the road for one week. The first couple of nights, as expected, were wonky. Stuff didn't quite work or fit as expected. Luckily, a cold front grounded us in Santa Fe for what we called a "second chance," stop where we could modify while staying at a friend's home. We even sent a tub of stuff back home since our host was heading down to T or C.
We've also discovered some things that work, items and systems that we like. Right now my favorite objects are: collapsible silicone dog bowls (one for each of us: Sesame, myself, and Mikey); a Trader Joe's coffee tin with plastic fitted lid has made a perfect garbage can; and an old sturdy brush that I found at a yard sale for .25 cents in invaluable for cleaning out the car, brushing mud off our shoes, and dusting.
Here is a picture of Alessandra’s feta cheese from last Home Grown New Mexico’s Sunday’s cheese class. Diane Pratt and Alessandra Haines did a wonderful job prepping and presenting how to make these 2 great cheeses. Diane did the chèvre cheese and showed people how to make different flavors while Alessandra showed how to make feta cheese which takes longer. Everyone got to taste both cheeses (and different flavors of chèvre) on Diane’s freshly baked home-made bread and take home some chèvre curds to finish off at home. Hats off to both instructors for a great class! Many thanks!
Kicking it with Carl in San Cristobal, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
We just had a great 2 day visit in San Cristobal, NM. We spent time with our new friends Carl and Romany. Carl and I had met briefly years ago at a fermentation workshop at Lama Foundation. We didn't have a chance to connect much with the workshop going on, but there was a mutual appreciation for each other's skills sets and we stayed in touch. Connecting with others is the best part of this kind of trip.
Laptop Time in Taos, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
Great weather has us sitting outside and enjoying the sun again.
Favorite Road Trip Gear: No Spill Dog Bowl, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
Sesame's no spill dog bowl has been awesome on our road trip. Jeep roads and speed bumps have not been a problem. This bowl will not splash. This has been the best purchase of our trip so far. Now we just need a 12v thermos to heat water for drinks and meals.
Taos Bound, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
We departed Santa Fe this afternoon and are heading North to Taos for a few days. This should keep us in plenty of cool weather which seems to be a theme on this journey.
Printing Postage on the Road, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
We brought our tiny label printer so we can continue to ship products on our six month road trip. After dragging our setup into the house we were crashing in I realized it would have been easier to print in Hondo.
Standing Desk in a Pinch, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
Just doing some hardware debugging on the stove. Nothing to see here.