Sunday, September 13, 2009

End of Summer Fun

I was gonna call this post "Raw Spirit Fest", only to realize that I have next to no pictures from the event. Boo hoo! I've been waiting to attend this festival for the past few years... you'd think I woulda snapped some shots - but I was so caught up in the fantastic moment that I completely forgot. I decided to take a 6 day trip down to Washington DC as a little "end of summer hurrah!" Perfect opportunity to visit with my friend Kristen, and go to the festival - not to mention the fun of shopping at some of my favourite places that we don't have in Canada, like Victoria's Secret, Express, and Macy's.


Kristen kindly came to the festival with me on Saturday, despite not being a big fan of raw vegan.
We enjoyed listening to the speakers, touring the vendors, and eating the delicious food, but the highlight for me was meeting so many wonderful people.
Living in a small remote town there really aren't
many other people into this lifestyle so I always enjoy being in a place where I can connect with like minded individuals. I finally got to meet my buddy, the forever funny Charles Balcer that so many of you know from Give It To Me Raw , and the inspirational Philip McCluskey from Loving Raw.
I enjoyed a delicious lunch from Java Green Cafe in DC one afternoon ...and finally got to try a Gnosis chocolate bar. It was so delicious that I easily managed to plough through the whole bar in one afternoon.

Backtracking slightly, I was thrilled that my best college friend, Renee, came up to visit for a few days before my DC trip. We used to have a hoot of a time and get into innocent trouble together back in the day - things haven't changed - we still have a blast and enjoy each other's company to the hilt when we have a yearly visit.

Here are a few other snapshots from the end of
summer. I had my birthday party around a bon fire under the full moon (another year older, another year wiser!)


My super food birthday cake!!! Recipe coming in the next post...

Sunrise on my birthday
Yoga on the dock... my favourite place to practice
Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
...with strawberry sauce

A night out...
...with close friends, Lauren & Nicole
Freshly picked wild blueberries - the best part of summer!
Fabulous time spent with Kristen!
Ah, good times...
Where will my next adventure take me? I'm in the midst of planning!



12 comments:

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

OMG the raw spirit fest is going to be 90 mins away from me in Arizona in 2 weeks. I am torn about going. First, it's on the edge of a do-able day trip (I have a 2.5 yr old who with nearly 4 hrs in the car would kinda suck) but I really want to go. I want to savor all the raw energy, people, foods, have fun and live it up. I loved seeing your photos and if you wanna share any other tidbits about your experience there, I'd love to hear all about it. Would you totally go back in a heartbeat? Is one day enough or would the full weekend be necessary? Any info totally appreciated!
averie

Raw Goddess said...

Hey Averie,

Nice to hear from you - OMG you should totally go to spirit fest if you live that close! It's definitely worth it. Next year I'd go both days - I didn't catch any of the food demos and heard only a few speakers because I was too busy chatting with people. Everyone was so friendly, I could have talked forever!
I really want to attend the one in Santa Barbara next year (if they have it there again)- apparently its even bigger/better.... Ive been in love with SB ever since going there 8 years ago!
Let me know if you decide to go! :)

TheFitnessFreak said...

What a fabulous experience and an absolutely perfect way to spend a birthday! You look so beautiful and radiant in all of the pictures. You must have thoroughly enjoyed yourself : )

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Thanks for writing back! And yeah, I am leaning towards going....I will keep you in the loop if I do. It would be such a new and awesome experience for me that I really wanna do it...one thing standing in my way was that tickets are like $99 per person. I dont know, $200 seems like alot for me and hubs to go, but yeah, I want to!

malilies said...

This is so weird. I was at the raw spirit festival too. I thought I had seen you there but wasnt a 100% sure..I should have said 'hey' anyways!!! How well...next time.

Sunshine Boatright said...

No fair! I was there & we didn't get to meet up?! Egads woman! lol Next time then. :)

Raw Goddess said...

Fitness Freak - thanks! Yes it was a wonderful time!

Averie - I look forward to hearing about your time there... I think its worth the money!

Malilies/ Sunshine - OMG, it would have been so cool to meet up!!! I was so behind the ball game I forgot to mention on here that I was going to the fest. Next time I will! :)

shannonmarie said...

That looked like so much fun. I wish I could've been there with you. I plan on going next year, so keep your schedule open. I'm sure we'll meet one day :-)

Emma the Eco-Princess! said...

Wow. I would absolutely LOVE a dock to do yoga on, I find being around water so peaceful and calming. And that chocolate blueberry cheesecake looks absolutely divine! Did you make it yourself? If so where the recipe from - is it one of your own?

Roxanne said...

I love raw..
So yummy and healthy.

Sylvia said...

oh my GOODNESS. The choco nana shake literally just made my stomach growl. That looks AMAZING. I will be making shortly! What a fantastic recipe. KUDOS.
-Sylvia
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