• Boat & Home

    Walk Lightly on the Earth

    My on-going study of the philosophy behind yoga has circled back to ahisma, non-violence, and one way I focused on implementing this last time was trying to cut down on waste. Now that Skye is potty-trained, a big source of waste, diapers, has been eliminated (we did cloth diaper her for a while, but kept switching back to disposables when we traveled), I’m looking for the next big way to cut down on our waste. Where we’re living at the moment has some recycling, so food cans, La Croix cans, and many plastic containers go into the recycling, which is much better than the landfill. Cardboard and anything else that…

  • Adventure

    The Land of Waterfalls

    Brevard, NC is considered the “Land of Waterfalls,” at least according to the Transylvania County Tourism and Development Authority, boasting over 250 waterfalls and an elusive local white squirrel for a mascot. I’ve managed to hike to several of the waterfalls, some of which are fun to wade around the bottom of and some are torrents that Skye and I stay well away from. We’ve yet to brave the cold water for a ride down sliding rock, but Hooker Falls and Key Falls are favorites for wading. The trails in Dupont State Forest have improved significantly since I first stated hiking there with my grandmother in high school. Pisgah Forest,…

  • Food & Beauty

    Mountain Cooking

    One of my favorite parts of coming to the mountains (as an adult) is having both the luxury of a large kitchen and access to a wonderful array of local, organic foods. While the little market right down the road is a tad expensive, they carry great options and, if I’m organized enough on a Saturday morning, I can make it to the farmer’s market and stock up on cheese and veggies. Tonight, I’ve got asparagus from the local market (organic, but probably not locally sourced), eggs from a local farm, and a lamb chili made with a local farmer’s ground lamb and a wealth of farmer’s market veggies. To…