53 bug bites and an itch ain’t one

Considering I’ve been resisting the itch non-stop for five days, that title is about as catchy as I can get. We spent the Fourth in our new favorite camping spot near South Lake Tahoe, only this time the mosquitoes (and flies and yellow jackets and wasps and bees) were out with a vengeance.

bug bites galore7 bites on my right ankle alone! One of them with a nice little white bump growing on it, and all of them painful as heck with hiking boots on. (Sidenote: I really have to take a non-cankle like picture of my feet one of these days.) Word on the street is that mosquitoes find some people more attractive than others and it’s the women doing all the blood-shedding. Now on my to-do list: researching wild plants to reduce the insane desire to scratch my skin off itch.

Bugs and bites be damned, we still had a grand ole time. There was some off-roading.

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Thanks again to B and J for coming out and spending the weekend with us, and one more Happy Birthday to J!

Always, Sierra

How was your Fourth?

Do mosquitoes eat you alive too?

Any tips to make delicious fajitas?

 

Camping Tip and Confessions

Ever do something for so long you just kind of take it for granted? I was showing my co-worker pictures of my recent camping trip to Tahoe, and he asked, what’s with the tarp under the tent? Let’s discuss!

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Pros:

  • Protects the bottom surface of your tent from any sharp objects missed while throwing back a few welcome to camp beers during tent set up
  • Provides a place outside of the tent to take off shoes, and keeps things inside cleaner (this is my fave pro, anything to reduce the amount of sweeping out the tent I have to do at the end of the trip)
  • Keeps the bottom of the tent dry…although there is debate over whether the tarp should be under the tent, or inside the floor of the tent, or just turned into a slip and slide in case of rain. I vote for the latter.

Cons:

  • If you’re backpacking, tarps can take up precious poundage. I’d rather use that for important things…like Captain Crunch Berries.
  • Things like this can happen, no bueno:

Now, getting to the good stuff.

Confession #1: I eat the same breakfast every day during the week: whole wheat English Muffin, almond butter, 1% Cottage Cheese, and fruit (usually berries but I’ll settle for bananas or something citrus-y).

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Do you think I’m boring? Pffh, no worries here. Just looking at it makes my mouth water. It’s got everything I’m looking for: protein, fat, carbs, a serving of fruits/veggies, and lots of antioxidants. So what keeps me coming back?

Almond butter.

Yeah, I know, you’ve heard it all before.

But the stuff is seriously amazing! When I don’t mind dealing with tiny parking lots and sideswiping vans, my fave is made by Berkeley Bowl. I also pick up MaraNatha on occasion. Chunky or creamy, I love it all (that’s what she said).

MaraNathaThe only downside of almond butter is that it can be kind of pricey. We’re on a kick to be smarter with our household grocery expenditures, and I checked the goods out on Amazon.

Mind. Blown. Do you know how many types of almond butter there are? My new mission in life is to try all of them.

Confession #2: Yesterday was my first time knowing National Running Day was a thing. I was hyped up, I was pepped…and then, I did not run. I tried…

treadmill mizuno…but it was not happening. Shoe issues, long day at work issues, motivation issues, tiredness issues, excuses excuses. But! The nice thing about being tired was I couldn’t work up the energy to mind not running. There are 365 days a year and I celebrate running on at least two-thirds of them. I’m doing just fine, thank you very much.

Always, Sierra

Crunchy or Smooth?

Do you tarp when you tent? Do you tarp and no tent?

What’s your breakfast look like? Same thing every day or switch it up? No breakfast?

What’s your favorite brand of almond butter?

Memorial Day Weekend: Camping in Tahoe

The mountains are calling and I must go.    – John Muir

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Camp was established.

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Fishing commenced.

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Some were released.

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Some were eated.

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Nature was enjoyed.

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P1000472The nights were chilly, the days sunny and brisk. Cell phones were turned off, emails, blogs, and social networks forgotten. There were quiet moments alone basking in the sun, and shared moments of joy over fish caught and full moons. Captain Crunch was consumed and tasted of childhood, fresh trout were consumed and tasted of clean wildness. Carving moments of bliss out of busy schedules is what life is all about.

Always, Sierra

How was your Memorial Day?

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

When’s the last time you went camping? Where’d you go?