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from seattle to the cascades

I’m in Seattle for the IFBC (International Food Blogger Conference) 2010 right now. I love this city and it’s especially wonderful with so many terrific fellow food bloggers all in one place. I flew out a few days early to spend time with friends of mine who are soon to be wed. Not long after I touched down in the Emerald City Tuesday afternoon, we went to dinner…

at coastal kitchen

and visited a park

That evening, Nicole and I sorted, gathered, and packed gear for a backpack in the Cascades. In the morning, we drove east to Wenatchee National Forest. The first day in was sunny and hot. There were mosquitoes and several miles of trail overgrown with plants taller than us between the trailhead and our camp destination. Oy.

lovely views, but hot!

happily setting up the stove to cook dinner after local sunset

The next day started out perfectly cool and gorgeous for our hike to White Pass, but by 12:30 pm the wind, clouds, and rain moved in. Here’s how lovely it was before the weather enveloped us in fog. We even saw a bear (but no pictures).

corn lily in bloom

glacier peak

lush high country

stunning patches of lupine

The rain soaked us to the bone (curiously enough, there were no more photos taken after White Pass). When we got back to our tent, it was raining steadily with some nasty winds whipping rain and dirt about. Rain + dirt = mud. Lots of mud. In the morning, we packed up our sopping wet belongings and hiked out the way we came in. Walking through the tall and wet overgrowth was akin to a several-mile stretch of car wash.

Nicole dropped me off at the hotel just in time for me to unpack all of my muddy gear (don’t tell the hotel!) and wash up before the IFBC reception. There were so many friends, old and new, to meet. However, the highlight of my evening was…

having a picture taken with morgan spurlock (thanks andrea!)

More on IFBC after the weekend. I’ll see you on the flip side!

18 nibbles at “from seattle to the cascades”

  1. Wei-Wei says:

    So much fun! You have the most amazing life. I envy your life. And you. :D

  2. Bing Chou says:

    I’ll be daydreaming about dungeness today…

  3. Rachel says:

    Going to Seattle for the first time in a few weeks – can’t wait to see more of your photos documenting your experience!

  4. Kristin says:

    Gorgeous photos!

  5. Kim @ Two Good Cookies says:

    The conference looks like so much fun! And your photos are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rosa says:

    A great hike! What dreamlike landscapes.



  7. Judy says:

    Enjoy Seattle and the conference. I’ll look forward to reading your stories.

  8. Pearl Lee says:

    have a great time in seattle!

  9. Susan says:

    Man, I live here (Edmonds, actually) and your photos really tell me I need to get out more! Enjoy the seafood!

  10. Sally says:

    I want to be you in my next life—

  11. Cookin Canuck says:

    The picture of the “lush high country” is gorgeous. Made me instantly take a deep breath of relaxation when I saw it. Have a great time at IFBC. I hope to get there someday.

  12. The Italian Dish says:

    God, I love that area. Was very tempted to go to IFBC. Great photos, Jen. Looking forward to your post about the IFBC.

  13. Madame Fromage says:

    What gorgeous photos, especially the lupine. I keep hearing about your blog so decided to check it out today. Beautiful, I look forward to returning and to hearing your run-down of the blog conference.

  14. Ruth Ann says:

    Great photos as usual- love the lupine. Have fun at IFBC and look forward to your posts about it. (Glad IFBC had a great lunch for all of you foodies.)

  15. Megan Gordon says:

    Girl….those photos! God. Hey, it was great meeting you (if only briefly) this weekend at IFBC. Sounds like you’re sticking around Seattle for a few days, so enjoy. When I left this morning it was raining–hopefully that’ll let up. If you haven’t already, I love Boat Street Cafe and Besalu Bakery. Look forward to seeing more here soon…

  16. IFBC 2010 | Andrea Meyers says:

    […] Morgan Spurlock: Takes a serious topic and makes it accessible to all without being overbearing. And he’s darn funny, too. (Check out Jen’s photo op with him!) […]

  17. Nate @ House of Annie says:

    Love those lupines and lilies.

  18. jenyu says:

    Thanks everyone! Seattle is SO wonderful – what a great city. For the folks who want my life… I’ll be sure to give you a call the next time Kaweah pukes on the rug ;)

    Rachel – I hope you have a great time. LOVE Seattle!!

    Megan – thanks for the recs, I’ll jot those down for future reference :)

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