Summer Adventures + Tasty Bite Review: Part I

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Escaping the scorching summer heat is easy when you live in the Pacific Northwest. Just head for the mountains! Every year, Tim and I try to take advantage of our flexible work schedules and hit the trails for multi-day backpacking trips. I absolutely love the solitude –  and wilderness adventures confirm that I’m not much of a city girl. Thankfully Portland is a small-ish city surrounded by mountain peaks waiting to be explored.

A few weeks ago we revisited one of our favorite backpacking destinations: the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington state. While the drive creeps close to three hours, it is worth every single second. We have hiked this trail four times now, and three out of those four times resulted in complete solitude at our campsite. I love when that happens.

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This particular trip was just an over-nighter, but lingering longer would have been possible if jobs back home didn’t exist. :) Meal planning was easy because the kind folks at Tasty Bite contacted me awhile ago asking if I wanted to review some of their products. Tasty Bite makes ready-to-eat Indian and Pan Asian meals with a focus on fresh, natural ingredients. The packages don’t weigh much and heat up in just a few minutes, so they are ideal for folks with busy lifestyles or outdoor adventures on their agendas, like me!

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We packed Thai Lime Rice and Channa Masala – fusion food that worked surprisingly well together. But, before I get to the review, let’s take a peek at a few more trail photographs, shall we?

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And then we ate dinner:

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It was close to freezing (yes, even in August!) by the time we went to sleep. And because we were up near 7,000 feet in elevation, we literally slept in the clouds the entire night. So, this warming meal was a pleasant surprise. Not only was it filling and flavorful, but a bit spicy too. We both really enjoyed the fact that the chickpeas weren’t mushy. The rice was perfectly cooked. And, we tasted ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and lime – so many delicious flavors in one meal! We devoured this pretty quickly and the servings per pouch fed two hungry hikers. Thank you, Tasty Bite, for the samples!!

The next morning, we hit the trial again. More fog. More clouds. More solitude.

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And before we knew it, we were back home in Portland. But, the adventures continued the following week. Stay tuned for Part II!

My Stress Remedy

This past weekend Tim and I went backpacking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington state. The Goat Rocks area is located within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This was our second time doing this particular trail.

Can you tell who the sane one between us is? Oh, and a perfect example of camper hair… Mt. Rainier is behind our heads.

Mt. Adams at dusk. This was the view from our campsite.

Mt. Rainier from near Hawkeye Point.

Goat Lake from high up on the trail. If you look closely, you can actually see the trail behind the lake to the right.

A sassy marmot. Marmots make the loudest whistle-like sound I have ever heard.

Tim jumping on rocks near our campsite.

Proof that dinner on the trail can be just as yummy as dinner at home. We made soba noodles in homemade spicy peanut sauce with steamed veggies. You can’t see the noodles under the veggies because our cook pot is small.

The trail amid a field of lupine.

Me and snow, with Mt. Rainier in the background.

I have lots more photos that perhaps I will post later. My camera has been acting like a demon and I am losing patience. Funny how the intent of my post was stress relief!