backpacking the enchantments.

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heyyyyyyyy.

this trip happened back in june when summer was just upon us!

i had several perdy photos from my phone so i still wanted to share them here :)

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pete won the enchantments lottery for this particular area - eightmile lake and lake caroline (if you’re not from washington, the enchantments are a big region of mountains and the most gorgeous alpine lakes that are only accessible via a lottery system that people enter in every year to be able to go hiking & camping there). we brought tom dad with us for the four-day journey. he did so great (better than me, lol). 65 and strong as an ox.

we weren’t placed in the “core enchantments” that are the most primo spot to win, but an area just outside of the core that was still beautiful as ever.

once we got up here, we totally understood the need for the lottery system. if these areas were just regular ol’ hikes accessible to all the humans at all times, they would not be nearly as pristine and amazing as they are!

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we hiked in to eightmile lake for the first night of camping. it rained just a little bit, but it was fine. the next morning when we woke up we saw the lake in all it’s daytime glory. sooo pretty.

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we hung here for a bit, enjoyed the sunshine, made brekky, & the boys tried to catch some fish.

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then we packed everything back into our backpacks and carried on to lake caroline. this was a challenging, long hike, but totally doable if you’re a regular hiker. i’m just a weenie when there’s lots of hot sun - i get hot & bothered pretty quickly. the cooler weather is just much easier for me to hike in.

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this reminded me of the italian alps or something! i’d wished we’d come upon a cozy mountain shack with cheese and salami to munch on, haha. so gorgeous here!

the wildfires that happen in eastern washington are no joke. you can see all the fire damage here from the previous years’ fires.

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pano by peter.

pano by peter.

pano by peter!

pano by peter!

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almost there almost there almost there.

just give me sleeping bag, get me horizontal, some astronaut food in my bellay, that tiny box of wine i carted up this mountain, please!

my friend billy!!!!! he was cool. i was not skerred of him at all. he was a big ass mountain goat, though.

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we camped at lake caroline for two nights and had a great time doing shorter hikes during the day, attempting to catch fish, reading, and chillin. pete and tom hiked way way way up one day and got some incredible photos. i opted to snooze in the tent in the sunshine and read and hang out with my bff billy.

where pete & tom went!!!

where pete & tom went!!!

pete’s photo of a big fat marmot!

pete’s photo of a big fat marmot!

wilderness people.

wilderness people.

another pete pano!

another pete pano!

^ check out the wildlife. all the snow white vibes.

big goat, two deer, marmots and chipmunks abound.

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as with every hike down, we talked about cheeseburgers and beer the entire way after 4 days of astronaut food and trail mix. we left the wilderness just as a torrential downpour hit the trailhead and an army of mosquitos appeared out of nowhere. perfect timing, i say.

simply stunning up here!!! if you get the opportunity to explore the enchantments, do it!

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gourmet hot dog & lemonade party with amy johnson!

a few weeks ago i had the pleasure of working with amy johnson, an awesome food photographer in seattle!

i dreamed up some delicious gourmet hot dog ideas and extra juicy & refreshing cherry lemonades. it was a super hot day so this summery picnic scene was just perfect. 

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spiral hot dogs, at that! have you done this before?? it's truly the ideal hot dog experience. here is a youtube video that helped me achieve this in the past.

grilling them spiraled creates wayyy more crispy surface area on the hot dog while creating gaps (aka condiment treasure troves) throughout. the condiments get tucked away instead of sliding around all over the top of the hot dog. huzzah!

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our cherry lemonades were brimming with flavor - fresh chopped ginger, peach slices, fresh red cherries & cherry juice and extra lemon, of course!

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toppings on the spiral dogs: cream cheese, sriracha, pickled red onions, avocado, yellow mustard, ketchup, red onion, green onion, yellow onion, micro greens (cilantro!), and sliced jalapeño! 

and kettle chips for crunch. always the crunch factor. don't forget to toast that bun.

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my little menu:

- SPICY SEATTLE - cream cheese, sriracha, jalapeño, pickled red onion 

- DA CLASSIC - ketchup, mustard, chopped yellow onion 

- GREEN GODDESS - cream cheese, avocado, green onions, pickled red onion, micro cilantro greens

- SLIGHTLY ADVENTUROUS - cream cheese, chopped yellow onion, mustard, micro greens

- LOADED SPICY SEATTLE - cream cheese, sriracha, ketchup, mustard chopped yellow onion, jalapeño

- RED & GREEN - ketchup, sriracha, jalapeño

- SIMPLE SAVORY-TOOTH - cream cheese, green onion

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i'm really clinging on to the tail end of summer here, folks.

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check out amy's lovely photography work and her post about our photo shoot here!

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photography by amy johnson.

food styling, prop styling, & recipes by me.

 

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