Sep 122014

DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1Fishing on the Deschutes River with Matt Carter and Nate Turner with Deschutes River Outfitters via

Matt Carter, our guide — from Deschutes River Outfitters showing me how it’s done.  Matt is a super talented angler and has been featured in many magazines and recently was featured on the cover of Fly Fisherman.  In addition, each summer he travels to Mongolia as a fly fishing guide.  Kinda crazy if you ask me, but follow your passion I say and this man certainly does :)

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DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1 (23 of 54)It’s a great time to relax or keep on fishing from the shore // guess who chooses to snooze? XOXO

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Coconut Thai chicken kebabs grilled riverside atop a bed of delicious kale and carrot salad.  Let’s not forget the heavenly grilled garlic bread alongside . . . we devoured all of it :)

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Nate teaches me how to identify the different bugs that the fish are feeding on in the river.  Match the bugs to what is in my fly box he tells me.  This lesson along with so many others throughout the day has turned me into a very fine angler I must say!

DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1 (38 of 54) DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1 (37 of 54)We floated 39 miles down this glorious river today.  We wanted to experience what it would be like to do a typical three day float in just one day (because #1 we were short on time and #2 we could absolutely NOT pass up this experience floating the Deschutes River).

On a more realistic level — Deschutes River Outfitters offers riverside glamping following a day (or two, three, four, etc.) of fishing and floating the Deschutes River.

Now, this is not your typical camping set up.  This is true glamping I tell you.  Nate explains to me:

“Monica, you can stand up in our tents, they are spacious and roomy.  We provide cots to sleep upon so you are not sleeping on the ground.  We prepare and set up everything for you and we cook delicious gourmet food for you.  Restrooms are plentiful here along the river so if your skiddish about using any other than a real restroom, you need not worry (because I told him, I was not a fan of mother nature’s toilets, lol).”

This is only just the beginning of a bucket list trip dream come true — have a look for yourself at all Deschutes River Outfitters has to offer:

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Meanwhile, back at camp, we sit outside and reflect upon our most beautiful day.

We were one with nature.

We caught and released some of the most beautiful trout I had ever seen . . .

and we relaxed and soaked in the beautiful scenery around us.

I also laughed.  SO hard.  Did I mention that Nate Turner should have been a comedian in his other life?  That sweet Nate had me in stitches laughing so hard.  Such an easy and fun guy to hang out with on so many levels.  Plus he’s super smart about the area.  It’s no wonder that with him and Matt, their combined experience floating the Deschutes River beats any other fly fishing company out there. HANDS DOWN.  No question.

Thank you Nate for making me laugh. 

Thank you Nate for teaching me how to fish and become a better angler.

Thank you Matt for teaching my boys how to become better anglers and for your delicious gourmet cooking!

But most of all, thank you for the memories.  I heart you both so very much !  This trip will remain in my sweet memory forever.



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Sep 022014


These socks.

They have my heart.

Sounds kind of corny, but oh how I love them.

I love them !!

I’m not big on fashion socks — the last time I bought a cute pair such as these was a very long time ago.  10 years maybe?   Back when I was into my clog phase (which I seem to be reentering as of late) . . .

But if you, my sweet reader of J5MM love FUN socks — love CUTE socks — want to give a unique gift to the Glamper in your life?  Christmas stocking stuffer perhaps?  Go now and buy these !!  I bought mine at my local Nordstroms – but you can also buy them online here.  They are by the company called Hot Sox.

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They even have a camping/fishing version too — here :)

Peace & Love,
Monica XOXO

Aug 312014

Frends Layla Headphones

When sitting down to write here on J5MM or out and about during our travels, my Layla headphones from Frends are always with me.  I love them that much :)  In fact, I love them so much that I am writing about them here on J5MM to share with you.  I’ve owned many a pair of headphones from your dollar store variety to the more costly Beats by Dr. Dre and I can honestly say to you, from the bottom of my heart that these headphones you see in that picture above are my end-all-to-all-headpones.  They are the “Layla,” headphones in gold from the company called Frends. Continue reading »

Jul 292014

Rafting in Hells Canyon

Sitting on the edge of the Airstream bed while petting Oliver, B watches me with a curious eye as I pack his dry bag.  A nice {big} dry bag that Kurt and Heidi from Hells Canyon Raft dropped off with us at our campsite at the McCall RV Resort.  Tomorrow morning we begin a multi-day whitewater rafting trip with them. Where the Snake River heads north and carves the border between Idaho and Oregon, it forms the infamous Hells Canyon which happens to be the deepest gorge in North America (and deeper than the Grand Canyon!) and just happens to be where our rafting trip will take us . . . Continue reading »

Jul 172014

Peak to Valley Airstream Road Trip via J5MM.comCampfire Cookout via

It’s getting close to one week when we returned from a beautiful summer road trip through Idaho and Oregon.  In between working in corporate America, taking care of hubby and B, walking Oliver and the rest of the usual day to day activities I am doing my best to sort through all of the photographs I took during our Peak to Valley adventure.  I call it Peak to Valley because our trip took us from the peaks of alpine life in McCall, Idaho to the valleys down below where Hells Canyon in Idaho and the Deschutes river in Oregon call home. Continue reading »

Jun 102014

Anacortes ferry landing via

Sometimes when life gets super busy, it helps me to sit down and take note of everything happening around me.   The last two weekends for us have been spent up on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The purpose of our first visit was to reconnect with friends and have a party in their honor back at our camp.   I wanted everything to be perfect so I worked very hard on that trip for a couple of months prior.  The party went off without a hitch and so many wonderful things happened that weekend that I really look forward to sharing with you.


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May 082014

When traveling with an RV there are many benefits to be had.  Take for example the fact that you have all the comforts of home with you including a fully equipped kitchen.  Sure it’s probably smaller than your kitchen at home, but with a little organization and planning, you can easily whip up the same healthy meals you do for your family at home, but on the road.

My Travel Trailer Kitchen

What’s better is that you’re actually on the road.  Traveling.  Exploring.  Seeking out new adventures.  Can you imagine a better way to experience the “here and now,” than visiting a local market where you just happen to be seeking out the freshest, in season goodies to cook a meal with?  Take it to the next level and talk to some locals shopping in the market.  Ask them how they like to cook those “in season” ingredients.  More often than not, you’ll make a new friend and come back to your RV inspired, ready to cook. Continue reading »

May 042014

Suncadia and Tumble Creek in the Wenatchee National Forest Setting

When hubby and I first met, one of our very first trips taken together was to the Bennett cabin which is located next to the Wenatchee National Forest.  I’ve heard a lot about this cabin and how it took many, many years for the Bennett family to build, by hand — all themselves.  No machinery here, just pulley systems and lots of muscles to get the logs one on top of the other. Continue reading »