I'm back from Vancouver/Seattle and whoa, who knew so much could happen in six days?! Now that I've finally caught up a little, I have a chance to share some moments from the trip + a recipe of course!
Our first day in Vancouver was spent visiting Queen Elizabeth's Botanical Gardens, Stanley Park, and Christchurch. The scenery was so lush and gorgeous everywhere.
At Stanley Park, we were able to see dozens of Great Blue Heron Nests (majestic but the fish stench was intense). We also went to see the totem poles and got in touch with our spirit animals. My mom's is an Eagle, Liz's is a salmon, and mine is the raven, and we each got a temporary tattoo of our spirit animal—I'm serious.
Christchurch is a huge, beautiful church with famous stained-glass windows and probably the biggest instrumental organ I've ever seen (and I guess any regular organ too). The stained-glass was off the chain. Can I say that? Ok but really it was so spectacular. There's some pictures on this brochure if you want to see.
That first day, we ate lunch at a place called SMAK, which is a 100% gluten free, healthy fast food sorta place. My lunch was 50,000 shades of green and I loved every minute of it. I ordered a juice that was SO refreshing, it perked me right up and put a major pep in my step. Of course I had to recreate it at home! More on that later.
Drizzly day two was spent in the Granville Public Market and OMG. I don't think I've ever said, "Whoa, look at that!" more times in my life. Huge piles of ripe fruits, desserts, chocolates, pastries, bread, olives, jewelry, and more filled up the building like a giant, shiny, indoor farmers market. We bought some snack-ish lunch bits and then headed out to Lighthouse park to picnic and hike.
ALSO, those first two days I chose to eat pizza and a doughnut. #gluten. I wouldn't have usually done that, but both places were famous, must-do experiences and most likely the most delicious of either I will ever eat. On that note, I kinda regret it. I'm all for balance and treating yourself—especially on vacation—and I don't feel guilty because they weren't healthy, but my stomach hurt SO bad for the rest of the trip...That's the only reason, it kinda ruined some things for me. Otherwise, eat ALL the pizza and doughnuts people! YUM.
Now for my favorite part! On our drive back to Seattle, we stopped at a place called Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary. Farm Sanctuaries are places that rescue animals from factory farms, whether they were neglected, sick, unwanted, or on their way to slaughter. The purpose is to show that all animals are equal and deserve our love and affection. We got to visit, pet, belly rub, feed, and get to know all kinds of adorable animals including cows, goats, lambs, chickens, turkeys, dogs, a donkey, and the ugliest/cutest pig in the world. It made me so happy to hear the animals' stories and see them so loved and happy. The farm sanctuary site is here if you're interested.
In Seattle, we checked out Pike Place market of course, but the rest of the time was mostly spent hanging out, drinking coffee, and visiting more gardens.
This was taken at the house where we stayed. It was perfect except for an isolated (and hilarious) raccoon incident...
The back yard was so pretty—perfect for morning yoga. The cat liked yoga too.
Pride fest was going on at the time, but we were trying to avoid the crowds so we didn't plan to go. On our last day, we went to see the Chihuly glass exhibit, and ended up running smack into the parade on our way back. We decided to stay and watch, and I can honestly say (and my family agrees) that it was one of the best experiences of my life. Everybody was so accepting, confident and supportive, and the whole city was just so full of love and happiness. Everybody regardless of sexual orientation, gender/non-binary preference, race, clothing, anything was there and was accepted with open arms. It gave me hope for humanity to know that there's still sources of love so strong out there. Sometimes I forget how big the world is. Aaannnnnddd the people-watching was pure gold.
On that note, here's the recipe for my new favorite drink! There's not much to say beyond that it's refreshing and healthy like no other. Slurp it down and get your glow on.
Glowing Green Juice
Makes: 1 huge glass or two small
**I know it seems weird that there's no fruit in here, but the coconut water is enough to make it sweet
- 1 cup packed spinach leaves
- 2 small celery stalks
- 3/4 cup chopped cucumber
- handful of mint leaves, parsely, or whatever herb you like
- 1.5 cups coconut water
Wash and chop all produce, then pulse in a blender to roughly break everything up. With the blender running at low speed, pour in the coconut water. Blend until everything is nice and smooth. Easy, right?