At the end of July, I went on a three day kayaking adventure through the San Juan Islands with Outdoor Odysseys and winemakers from Boudreaux Cellars (the only winery in the US off the power grid!) I couldn't believe how much we packed into our 6 two-person kayaks-- enough for us all to eat and drink like kings for the entire trip! We enjoyed incredible meals like rockfish tacos with all the fixings, sesame mango snow pea wraps, frittatas and apple crisp made in Dutch ovens, and Greek salad in a pita that was like heaven after several hours of paddling against the tide.
All our dinners were paired with delicious Boudreaux wines, in Leavenworth Washington. The botanical unfiltered chardonnary was a perfect match for the griddlled corn cakes above and a smoky reserve cabernet paired nicely with shrimp etouffe. And the fruity and velvety Jbo's Frangiovese was one of my favorites with everything! The days were saved for exploring the island where we were camping and paddling through the picturesque San Juan Islands-- bald eagles perched on Doug firs, harbor seals lounged at the coast, and dreamy Vancouver island was visible in the distance among the other undulating layers of blue, grey and purple sea, sky, and land.
My favorite part of the trip was not the unbelievable sunsets or the serenades by our guides or the latenight singalongs and jigs around the campfire (though those were all unforgettably awesome!), but the final night when we went out for a bioluminescent paddle. Glowing concentric circles spread around anything that touched the water, whether it was your hand, the paddle, a tossed pebble.. a stunning natural reaction by the plankton in the water! I've never seen anything like it in my life! Our oar marks became psychedelic and I traced rainbows into the surface of the water. Just mesmerizing. But I digress...
I've been researching all the amazing active epicurean adventures there are out there, and I'm making it a mission to go on more of these. I love food and I love the outdoors, so why not bring the two together a little bit more? (says the girl who already brings waaay too much camping with her!)
Check out this piece I wrote for Forbes Travel Guide on some of the delicious adventures you can take this fall or next spring/summer… and who knows? Maybe I'll see you out there!