Hello My Name Is

Hello, my name is 

I am a 
Nomad, Vegan, Feminist,
Student, Sister, Wife.

I study Biology at Paul Smith's College in the heart of the Adirondacks.
I am pursuing work with wildlife in conservation, rehabilitation, research, and education.
I am passionate about the environment, 
respecting the planet, and all the creatures upon it.

I am an activist for the environment, animal rights, women's rights, and anti-pornography.
I believe in love, in the spirit, and in the soul.

I make art when I'm not studying
Fiber, Pen, Paint, Photo, and Words.
Occasionally I throw in a few other materials.

I get anxious staying in one place.
I need to roam, to explore, to breathe in the air of foreign places.

I rant a lot,
laugh a lot,
love a lot.

I am an INFJ-T personality.
& admittedly crazy.

This Blog is about sharing passions, perspectives, art, and concerns.



Intro to Car Camping

Ah camping...

Whether you're backpacking, at a campsite, in a tent, hammock, or car
there is so much joy in being liberated from the stresses and routine of modern life.

Most people are familiar with pitching a tent, rolling out sleeping bags, or tying up a hammock.
But how many people know how to live and function out of their cars?

One thing I really love about car camping is the mobility of it. If you need to leave your spot quickly or drive out early in the morning it's great to not have the extra worry or time spent breaking down a tent. 

Here's a little list of some reasons to fall in love with car camping:

1. Mobility
 As I said previously, you can hop in the driver's seat and get going a lot quicker than you can if you're camping in a tent. 

2. Less Restrictions
If you're doing any kind of traveling, other than backpacking, car camping is a great option for sleep, storage, and safety. You can lock up your stuff, you can park and "camp" a lot more places - particularly parking lots, and you don't need to pack and unload gear to the same degree that you do for tent and hammock camping.

3. Weather & Seasons
When you're car camping, it doesn't matter if it's raining, snowing, hailing, or the middle of summer. There are so many easy ways to keep warm, keep cool, and stay dry.

4. Storage
Again, car camping offers a lot more security for your belongings than tent or hammock camping does. You can also bring along a lot more if you're traveling a long distance, or staying out of civilization a long period of time.

6. Anytime, Almost Anywhere
Car camping is extremely flexible. If you have your car, you have shelter. No matter what time of day or night, no matter what you packed or didn't pack, you have a safe place to snuggle up for the night.

Obviously, there are a million and a half reasons to love sleeping in tents or hammocks under the stars, but I feel a lot of appreciation for the mobility and flexibility that car camping offers.
I love knowing how to make my car function as a "base camp", and knowing that I have a safe place to keep my belongings and sleep when I'm traveling.

Knowing how to make the most of your car is essential.
I have a Subaru, which means it's easy for me to convert the back into a bed and living space. That doesn't in anyway mean that it's impossible to sleep comfortably in other types of vehicles, each one has it's quirks and selling points.

Hatchbacks, Wagons, and SUVs are my vehicles of preference, but I will try to touch on some basics and tips and tricks for life in other cars and trucks (eventually).

Here's some clips of a nice weekend car camping trip off the Peak to Peak

This spot is way too beautiful. I can't get over it. There's tons of free camping in the mountains and although some of the spots are neglected and abused (I'll be doing a rant post about this eventually) the beauty of the mountains and trees cannot be ignored.

Dandies! Oh my god, so I love 'smores, I mean, who doesn't? So when I found vegan marshmallows by Dandies, well needless to say, I have a supply of them ALWAYS. If you haven't tried them already, please do! You won't regret it.

My little baby Rosa, the rock climber!

Like mama like doga.

Hold tight for some more car camping and other camping posts coming real soon!


July Vegan Goodness

I was treated to some yummy Vegan goodies for my birthday this year!

We ate at a beautiful little vegetarian restaurant called Leaf in Boulder, and then I had some
yummy vegan cake made by a local bakery.

This month has been filled with other yummy goods too.

Including this delicious, homemade Persian Fesenjan meal.


New Friends, New Music

July in Colorado has been incredible.
I've been amazed at how much happiness I've found in such a short time since moving.

Stumbling around Boulder I've bumped into a fair amount of people and awesome things I haven't seen anywhere else. I feel so alive here, and so encouraged to pursue all of my passions.

At the beginning of the month I was walking around Pearl Street not realizing that the Boulder Art & Jazzfest was going on. 
Needless to say, I met these two beautiful people - Kalyn & Thom of Banshee Tree!
Their music is a sultry mix of old fashioned swing and gypsy tunes, and they're really swell people to boot!
I feel so lucky to have had this "chance" encounter. I instantly felt a strong connection to Kalyn and I can't wait to see how our friendship grows.

I'm pretty excited to see how the rest of the summer plays out. I can't wait for so many more adventures!


Eating Healthy with Picky Kids

One of my favorite challenges with my siblings is getting them to eat healthy.  Every camping trip, every sleep over, every day we have a meal together I am always encouraging them to try new foods and learn a little more about what they are putting into their bodies.  
One trick I've found works very well is to find similar looking alternatives to some of their favorites.
For example, my little brother loves pop-tarts so when he is with me, I buy him Nature's Path Organic Toaster Pastries.  What has amazed me with this, is that he actually enjoys the healthier ones than I had thought he would.  He normally eats any chocolate variety of pop-tart at home, but with the Nature's Path pastries he prefers the strawberry.  It makes me so happy to see these little steps of progress.

One day we decided to celebrate some adventuring with pizza.  Both Emily and Eli helped make them using organic sauce and Daiya Dairy Free Mozzarella Style Shreds.  (With Edamame & Organic Fries on the side so everyone would be happy!)

Emily with her Chocolate Soymilk mustache!

Another surprise food I didn't expect them to like as much as they do are Tempeh Burgers.  Marinated overnight with Bragg's Liquid Aminos & Rice Vinegar, topped with whatever they like, and wrapped up in a tortilla shell!


Moving to Colorado

I can't believe it's really happening.
In just about a week I'll be living across the country in Lyons, CO.
It feels so unreal!

I am so anxious for this adventure. (& nervous!)

I'm so torn between my excitement for the next chapter of my life, and my sadness about moving so far away from my family. I love traveling, adventures, and new experiences, but I also love being right around the corner for my sisters and brothers if they need me. 
It's going to be hard to be so far away.

And at the same time,
I feel so much hope about this new experience, and believe it's exactly what I need.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see!