Monthly Archives: June 2013

Natural Medicine

Repping the crew with the brightest smiles…

Graffiti writers also love dental hygiene.  NKO preparing to dehydrate some toothpaste dots – we will take these dehydrated toothpaste slugs and cut them up into single servings, then portion 2 per person per day in resupply packets. This is getting deep…

Taste Makers

Infused oil curing.

Infused oil curing.

We just finished processing & packaging 5 gallons of organic extra virgin olive oil. We’ll add it to meals as a flavor additive, and to get extra fat calories on the trail. We made a few different varieties: garlic, garlic & white pepper, rosemary, sage, and thyme. I took my friend Pol Rosenthal’s advice and added a pinch of salt to keep any organic matter that didn’t get filtered out from spoiling.

We’ll end up using about 2 oz of this a day between the two of us – 1 oz in savory oats in the morning, and 1 oz in our dinner. We’ll see how that goes for 120 days…

Rave Hands

Sara finished sewing these silnylon shell mittens just before we left Seattle. There're to keep the  fleece mittens she made dry, and act as breathable bug protection in hot weather.

Sara finished sewing these silnylon shell mittens just before we left Seattle. There’re to keep the fleece mittens she made dry, and act as breathable bug protection in hot weather.

We’ve been trying to finish up the final details of our gear preparation. It’s hard to think about all the possible situations we’ll encounter, but nothing like fluorescent mittens comforts you when you realize you forgot yr toothbrush.

Abundance & scarcity

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Sara and I managed to sneak up to my parents place last night for a final farewell dinner – baked quinoa stuffed peppers with a salad of new lettuce & other greens from their garden. I’ma miss eating their produce all summer. The roses were in full bloom, and the tomato plants were looking LARGE…

Never forever farewell

Finally! We’re on our way – just leaving the city limits. After months of prep, an estate/studio sale, a farewell party, moving out of the apartment at Cafe Mystique and trying to see all the friends and family it finally feels like this journey is starting. We’ll spend 4 days jn Portland with Sara’s parents working out mail drop details and fly out on a red eye Boston bound Monday morning.
On our way out we managed to get a final taste of Seattle culture – seeing Dan Hawkins’ show at Photo Center Northwest, then checking Ben Beres’ install/performance across the street at the Hedreen Gallery. A soft parting…

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Grin about it

Jamie and Sara outside the Grinning Yogi studio

Jamie and Sara outside the Grinning Yogi studio, right next door to Remedy Tea

Sara and I just completed a mentorship program called the Grinning 20 at the Grinning Yogi yoga studio on 15th in Cap Hill. Jamie, the proprietor of the studio, signs students up for a 1 month unlimited pass and pairs them with an instructor to guide them through the practice. The goal is to complete 20 yoga classes in 30 days – and learn more about yourself and your practice.

Jamie mentored us for the last month as we prepare for the hike – teaching us simple forms we can lead each other through and working on our own physical problems. For me this means performing balancing exercises to try and strengthen my broken foot, for Sara it’s transitioning from a full time desk job to a more active lifestyle – which means intense IT band stretching.

Balancing half moon

Sara catches a half moon in camp during a recent gear test trip.

The experience has been great!  Jamie is super thoughtful about making sure we are mentally prepared, as well as physically able, to embark on this journey together. And as people who only started practicing yoga 8 months ago, she has made our transition into yoga fanatics a fantastic journey.

-NKO