My world has taken some interesting turns as of late - you'll see a stream of posts about that. But for now, I'd like to share with you a recent road trip that I went on and my journey along the way (including what I ate and listened to - two of my favorite things in life).
You may know from following my Facebook feed and Twitter, that I have departed from Philly. And, before I return to the splendor of Bar Harbor, ME, I am soaking up some much needed time with my brother and his family. Isn't it amazing what spending time with family can do for your soul? My heart is happy and spirit lifted just being in their loving home. And oh, there are simply no words to explain the joy that their three little ones bring to me! Their laugh. Their smile. Their excitement at the little things - like worms after the rainfall, flowers on a walk, and painting Easter eggs.Their tender loving care with the newest addition that is just five months old. And hearing them say things like, "Aunt Ashley you are like a park with hair," when I wake up in the morning. The precious moments that I have had the opportunity to be part of in just a short amount of time is priceless.
So, anyway, I'll get on with this post about my drive and how I fueled my body, mind and soul along the way.
I've done a few cross country moves in recent years - so I have a bit of a system when it comes to packing my car and prepping the items that I will need will I drive. I have not only learned that I need to have good food with my while I travel, but for a could of days after I arrive also. If you have ever driven 12 hours by yourself - you know that grocery shopping is the last thing you want to do when you arrive - even for a foodie like myself. I have visions of myself collapsing in a pile of kale with dreams of eating watermelon and drinking coconut water.
You can't always be sure what you are going to be walking into - and there is always the possibility of having to spend the night in a hotel so I always prepare for each scenario. This means on a road trip, I also travel with a coffee bag equip with my french press, coffee, mug and travel mug and store it within reach in my car...
To gear up, the day prior to move, I filled 3 glass Voss water bottles with filtered water. The morning of, I put freshly cut up lemon and frozen cranberries in them for an added boost AND I am kind of addicted to eating the cranberries while I drive to give me something else to do...
I'll mention though, that before I got started, I made a french press full of coffee and filled two antioxidant rich travel mugs ;)
This trip was almost exactly 12 hours door-to-door, so I ate A LOT, but mostly snack style because I hate having that full tummy feeling while driving. So I dug in when I was hungry and kept on cruisin' - stopping to pee quite frequently as I was drinking fluids the entire time.
|Pre-coffee and sad to leave Philly and my friends|
Here's a little video update from one stop.
To stay fueled and help me catch my second wind, I had my Vega One Shake (that I mixed with cold water before I left and stored in my cooler) and the rest of my coffee.
|I <3 Coffee|
And then... some pineapple!
|I also <3 Pineapple|
The weather was on my side for this trip - giving me the sunshine almost all day and warming up to 70 degrees.
Seeing the country is one of my other favorite things in life. I discovered that West Virginia is a seriously gorgeous state. I had no idea that it was so mountainous.
I also discovered that over the course of two weeks packing and moving and spending little time in the gym, I put on some serious muscle (serious on me anyway lol).
Some other contents in my cooler (again, this was to last a few days...):
- Red butter lettuce
- Raw Chia Almond Butter (Barney's)
- Spinach & Arugula Medley (Whole Foods)
- Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (Whole Foods)
- Additional VSL probiotics
- Sliced green apple, celery and cucumber
And for the non-refrigerated items:
- 1 whole cantaloupe
- 1 whole pineapple
- Raw Honey
- Vega One Vegan Protein Shake
- Hemp Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Go Raw Sprouted Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds (Spicy Cilantro)
- Unsweetened Raw Coconut
- Raw Chocolate Covered Kale Chips (Alive & Radiant)
Mellowing out to some Brett Dennon, Linsey Stirling, Ben Harper, and Barefoot Truth.
I got a little worn out at hour 8...
And then I stopped to stretch my legs (video clip here).
And listened to some Sting & The Police (#90s)
And then, I caught my third wind, after my favorite snack of the day that I strategically planned to have at 6PM - knowing I would be a couple of hours out from my destination. Raw Chocolate Kale Chips with Raw Chia Almond Butter.
Before I left that morning, my friend had me promise to let her know when I cracked open the crack (AKA chocolate kale chips). I held to my 6PM on the dot.
Thankful once again that I had food with me already in the house for the next morning (here's the video clip from the next morning).
And, so very grateful to be welcomed into my brother's loving home. What a beautiful family he has.
So, folks, this is how I do a long road trip. Stay tuned for part two as I will be traveling over 18 hours to my next destination. I may need a few bags of kale chips...