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Nanaimo's Living Forest

Nanaimo

We're in Nanaimo for the next few nights, at the Living Forest Oceanside Campground. Our spot is great --  full hookups, a water view, cable TV, and fast Wi-Fi. 

We left the lovely Pedder Bay Marina and RV Resort this morning at 11am, drove about an hour and a half to Nanaimo, checked in here, and worked the rest of the day. I marinated some cod a little bit ago (olive oil, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, garlic) and Kevin's smoking and grilling it for some fish tacos (monitoring the temp of the fish with iGrill while he watches the Tour de France from the bedroom).

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We bought a bundle of firewood for a fire tonight because, well, camping! (...and apparently there's probably going to be a fire ban any day now, according to the gal at the front desk.) They have canoe and kayak rentals here, a little cafe, beautiful forested sites not too close together, laundry, a boat launch, volleyball, a playground, hiking trails...the list goes on, but it doesn't feel like one of those jam-packed campgrounds you frequently think of when you see that list of amenities. It feels more like an Oregon State Park (and Oregon State Parks are awesome!)

Here's a quick photo of the finished fish tacos. They were delicious...the fish had a great smoky flavor. We'll be making these again!

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Another Day in Ashland

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We got up earlyish this morning and decided to head over to the Morning Glory Restaurant for breakfast. The place has great reviews on Yelp and it did not disappoint. Breakfast was great, and just the fuel we needed for another bike ride.

Today we drove up to Central Point (just North of Medford) and rode the other part of the Bear Creek Greenway trail that we didn't cover yesterday (to South Medford and back, about 15 miles round trip). This part of the trail is not quite as nice as yesterday's part of the trail. Some parts are pretty and it still runs along Bear Creek, but most of it is quite close to I-5 (noisy) and there were quite a few transients campers, camping where they likely shouldn't be. No big deal, and still great to have the path at all, but you get the picture...probably  just because it's closer to Medford (bigger city).

The weather today is fabulous!

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It was a little cloudy this morning, but by midday the sky was mostly clear and it was in the low 70s. After the ride we stopped in town at Mix Sweet Shop for a cappuccino and a macaroon, then came back to camp and Kevin moved a pork shoulder we had brining out of the brine and onto the smoker. Then we went on another smaller ride around part of the lake, and I stayed back to do some work while Kevin extended his ride a bit.

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The dinner we put together last night turned out so good! Kevin grilled some halibut (with a little lemon and pepper and butter), and I made an asparagus salad with prosciutto and a truffle viniagrette that was delicious. (Peeled then blanched the asparagus, then cut stalks into "short thick matchstick" sized pieces and tossed them in a viniagrette of olive oil, truffle oil, white balsamic, pepper, and some truffle salt, topped with small pieces of prosciutto.) The salad and the fish went perfectly together (and nicely with the Sauvignon Blanc we picked up at the Dana Campbell winery yesterday). Tonight's dinner will be pulled pork with Carolina sauce, and some fresh organic green beans I picked up at the market yesterday.

We'll head back to Bike Friday in Eugene tomorrow to have a few tweaks done on the bikes before going back to Portland for a few weeks.


Coastal Living Magazine - April 2014

Remember last May when we told you we were being interviewed and photographed for an article on Airstreaming for Coastal Living Magazine (along with Kristiana Spaulding and Deke & Tiffani Waters)? Well here it is! 

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Coastal Living April 2014 is available on newsstands now. I haven't found a copy yet (here, at the COAST!), but you can definitely download the April issue to your iPad if you can't find one and don't wanna wait. This is what the cover looks like:

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Great writing by Barry Yeoman and super cool photos by Brown Cannon III. It was great fun working with these folks! 

Here's a shot of our shoot location, over at the Bob Creek wayside, just up 101 a bit from where we were staying at Sea Perch RV Resort (where we happen to be staying again right now):

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What bench? :)