Friday, 8 August 2014

TWO ROAD TRIPS, BACK TO BACK

This post is more of a photo essay than anything else; it documents the two road trips I just had the pleasure of going on. First I went to a small Northern town called Wells with my partner, where his grandparents have a lovely 50's era cabin. We spent a blissful, quiet week there before I had to rush home and leave on an 11-day trip with my parents and little brother across the northern United States to get to a family reunion in Minnesota! I benefitted from both of these little escapes, and it was important that I got away from my everyday routine for a short time. I hope you enjoy the photos I captured along the way. For more practical reasons, I WILL be doing a whole post on how I stayed healthy, vegan and fit while travelling. Stay tuned.

The following group of photos was taken in and around the cabin in Wells. The lighting was always picturesque so I stayed busy with my camera for a couple days. Since no one lives here permanently anymore the house wasn't in the best of shape so we spent more than a day cleaning it and mowing the huge lawn. By time we left it was feeling more like a home again. The building needs a bit of work internally, too. The plumbing was on its last legs (we didn't have running water for the last few days) and the oven didn't work, but we managed with a slow cooker and patience. We found an old record player and several boxes of records, so we immediately hooked that up and enjoyed vintage tunes while we cleaned, cooked and relaxed every day. There was a lot of Joan Baez, which I appreciated. Jacks' grandpa has good taste. There was also an abundant forest of wild flowers all over the lawn, before Jack mowed them all down I picked a few bouquets and decorated the house with them. As far as food goes we usually had fruit smoothies (there was a blender there, THANK THA LAWD) or hand squeezed citrus juice during the day, along with bread and peanut butter or hummus. We found some amazing rye bread in a nearby town and it was AMAZING with avocado spread on top, with a pinch of salt and lime juice. For dinner I would make varying one pot meals in the slow cooker consisting of potatoes, avocado, yams, broccoli, curry powder and rice or quinoa, often with chill peanut sauce.


This next set of photos was taken in the old - seemingly ancient - bakery that is also on the property. Jack's grandparents bought this piece of land long after the bakery closed down, so even then it was beginning to become decrepit. I believe it was built in the late 40's or early 50's. It was chock-full of dusty, rusty, and fascinating objects. Old baking bans, gardening and farming tools, suitcases, bottles, newspapers, typewriters and more were stacked up in corners and creaky rooms. I very much enjoyed wandering through it and imagining what this place was like in it's active days. I also loved the smell. Perhaps that sounds creepy but I simply adore the smell of mustiness! It's the smell of nostalgia, in my eyes (or more accurately, my nose). 


And finally we come to the pictures I took when I travelled across the States with my parents and younger brother. I have to be honest and say that I hardly took any photos. This is primarily because we had to get there and back in almost no time, so we didn't have the luxury of stopping at every scenic spot, or exploring the unknown gems hidden beyond the highway. And regardless of that, when we weren't in the car getting there or getting home, we were spending time with family and relaxing on my aunt and uncles deck! Nevertheless, I managed to snap a few. These were taken mostly in Montana, and the pie is what I made for my aunt and uncles anniversary (yes, I will be posting the recipe soon).

I love the landscape of the northern United States, and it is almost effortless to imagine the first nations peoples living in the land, only 200 years ago. Now the land is divided into cattle and buffalo ranches, which made me pretty damn depressed. I wanted to let every animal go free, but of course - as my parents wisely reminded me - that isn't the answer. The answer is to stop the demand for their murder by becoming vegan. It's gotta be from the grassroots up. Tell corporations the world you want to live in, by buying or boycotting products that support or hurt that world, respectively. Meat is murder. I don't want to live in a world where murder is allowed. So I am vegan.

Okay there's my little rant. Whenever there is an opportunity I WILL talk about the benefits of living a cruelty-free life. Aaand that ends this post. Please let me know what you thought of this post in the comment section or elsewhere (I'm all over social media like coconut oil on a hot body). It's different to what I normally do, but if you're into it, I will do more like this!


28 comments:

The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

Emily, your photos are superb!!! Seriously girl, you can make a living out of this.

Sara from Sweden said...

wow I love the photos! they are so pretty, raw and real!

Anonymous said...

I agree, the photos are beautiful. That said, they take a long time to load, and I don't log on to see your pics. I'm hooked on your recipes! : )

Panda Head said...

wow - gorgeous shots. that place was a VISUAL TREASURE TROVE!

Teresa said...

Gorgeous photos! Thanks for this.

Tiffany said...

This is a beautiful post, Emily. Thanks for sharing your vacations with us!

One love said...

This is the best photo post , yet, I am jealous of your skillz! It been forever since you posted, hope theres more to come:))))) Hippymomelizabeth

Sibylle said...

Beautiful pictures! When I see those old books and newspapers in the abandoned bakery, I'm itching to open them and start reading, haha!

I'm glad you had a great time :-)

Not So Nanna said...

Em - these are stunning photos! And your post was great. I'd definitely love the opportunity to read more like this. Welcome home again - hope you manage to hang on to all the good stuff about travel and being away now that you're home xo

Dana said...

As someone who loves both vegan food and travel, I thought this was the perfect post for me. Can't wait to read about your tips on staying healthy on the road. xxxDana

screwdestiny said...

Lovely pictures! That pie looks incredible--can't wait for the recipe.

I can relate on the talk about seeing all the ranches in rural areas. When I visited my parents earlier this year on the border of Wyoming and Nebraska I saw many of them. My heart broke every time.

Judith said...

Love this post, and the pictures are awesome! Beautiful flowers, too :)
Glad you travel and share your stories - makes me see a bit more of this planet of ours. I agree with your 'rant' btw. Hope more people will choose to eat and live cruelty-free.

Maisy said...

Gorgeous photos, Emily! And great locations too... i wish i could take a trip there too - they even had a blender?! how brilliant is that! :)
**Maisy

Stef said...

Your first set of pictures is stunning! You have a gift, my dear. Your second set of images, well…. you had some challenging items to work with. ;)

Where in Minnesota did you visit? (I live just west of Minneapolis.) I am eager to get your pie recipe! And agree that living a cruelty-free life is one of the only ways to end harm to all living beings. You're speaking my language.

Anonymous said...

As much as I adore your recipes, I really enjoy posts like these. After all, there is more to health and veganism than delicious food. It's also about love and appreciating life! More, please.

christine said...

I loved the photos, so evocative - I wanted to be there, rootling around to see what I could discover - you're so lucky!

The pie looked gorgeous - looking forward to the recipe:)

Shelley said...

Beautiful photos. I understand your rant and hate to be the bearer of bad news but the first peoples here hunted buffalo like crazy. They used them for everything. I consider these ranches as a continuation of that old old tradition really. Hopefully one day it will end. Cheers and glad you had a great time.

alittlebitmoregreen said...

Beautiful! I've never been to Wells but it looks a lot like some of the communities around Nelson. Lots of ghost towns. Love them!

Jill said...

Love your photos!!!

Karina said...

Really love those photos! And love everything your´re sharing! Thanks for giving this inspiration!

Kellee said...

As everyone has already said, lovely photos. You do have the eye!

Amy Pantaleo said...

Love this post, the photos are gorgeous and loved your rant on veganism. :)

Pete Malone said...

While I think your photos are great, I read your blog to become inspired to be healthier. I am battling cancer and you have truly been an inspiration to my fight...I want to eat like you and want to be healthy like you and am hoping a raw diet can help me get there. So, i view this recept blog post as less inspiring. In addition to your great recipes, I'd love to learn more about what you do to stay healthy and fit. What is your exercise program? Do you do other things for a healthy body / mind?
Posts like this are good once in a while, but I think your brand / blog is about how to empower healthier ways. Thanks for allowing me to give input! You rock!

anisa ol said...

gorgeous Em,,,, everything is gorgeous.. i loved the "personal" pics of your family trip and your love, i say share again whenever you feel like it :)

terrilovellrn said...

Love, LOVE the old homestead photos, as well as the others, too! I think it's nice to deviate from the norm every once in a while. And, as others have said, you are very inspirational with your content.

Emily von Euw said...

@Pete Malone - thank you so much for commenting, I am thrilled to hear about you. I will keep that mind! I will do a post about my exercise regime soon. Stay tuned!

atasteoftrace said...

I loved this post! While I definitely do love your recipes, as a hobby photographer I found these pictures to be very inspiring!

Isla said...

Oh my gosh that looks like so much fun! You are so lucky that your parents support you :) Whenever we travel my parents always tell me that my lifestyle gets in the way of their holiday and refuse to buy me like a crate of bananas for the road because they are convinced they will "go bad" before I get the chance to eat them -_-
This usually means I end up going hungry and I spend the holiday an undercarbed, cranky, hungry mess :'( Can't wait for the day when I can buy my own food and live my own life without anyone trying to convince me I am living my life wrong!

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