Road Trip to the Cascades Vegan Style

As much as I love living in Seattle, I also love getting out of the city and into nature. Washington State is well known for it’s abundance of nature. I usually decide the night before where I am going to go by searching Instagram. Does anyone else do this?

This time around Diablo Lake in the North Cascades National Park was the winner. Here is one of my favorite pictures below. The photograph does not to the lake justice.

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Toby is my favorite road trip companion. He recently went vegan. Here he is munching on his V-Dog food, oatmeal and carrots. Now that we are both vegan, we can share snacks!

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So why do I love spending time in nature so much? I have a million reasons, but here are my top three:

  • Nature clears my mind- As I stated before, I believe on of the most profound benefits of being vegan is that my mind is crystal clear. In the past, I was medicated with just about every psychological drug on the market. Now I maintain my clear mind with fruits and veggies. I do notice that when I am in nature my mind has even more clarity and I am better able to stay in the present moment and not worry about the future or the past.
  • Nature allows me to be an introvert-I’m a very introverted person. I’ve finally come to accept my introverted personality. There is no better place than nature to be an introvert. I love the peace and tranquility.
  • Nature reminds me why I left California and moved to Washington- People ask me all the time, “why would did you leave California to move to Washington”. I try to explain to them that California is overpopulated and it’s nearly impossible to escape to nature without first sitting in 3 hours of bumper to bumper traffic.

 

Diablo Lake, Washington
Diablo Lake, Washington

As a vegan, I know I have to be prepared while traveling. Unfortunately, there are not many vegan options on road trips. Most of the places I came across were BBQ and I even saw a food truck specializing in wild game. I saw a lot of cows grazing in beautiful fields of green grass. This is much better than the conditions at factory farm. Unfortunately, these cows are probably going to be slaughtered and sold as “grass fed” beef.

I did come across the most adorable produce stand ever. I could totally see myself owning a place like this one day.

Organic Food Stand, Cascade Mountains, Washington
Organic Food Stand, Cascade Mountains, Washington

The day was amazing. I ended up driving for 7 hours straight. Most of that time I was listening to the “Wilder Mind” album by Mumford & Sons with a little bit of Muse thrown in. Yes, I am completely addicted to this album at the moment.

When I got home to Seattle, I was surprised by how much energy I had after all that driving. I’ve never had so much energy my entire life and I have to give all the credit to my vegan lifestyle.

Where do you spend time in nature? Do you have a favorite place or do you like to try out new locations? Tell me in the comments below.

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