He came up with the idea late Saturday night.
"Are you ready for an adventure?"
Yes! Yes, I was.
Except when he told me exactly what the adventure would entail, I was scared more than excited.
Hiking all day in the middle of the desert? What the heck will I eat? This would be my first real excursion in the outdoors since going vegan, something that would require more than a Larabar and an apple.
So I made a loaf of rosemary focaccia.
When that was done, I used it to make a big fat sandwich of seitan and roasted red pepper spread. Since there was no telling when we would be home or how strenuous the hike would be, I also packed up a pear, a couple granola bars and some quinoa protein muffins.
Early the next morning, we hit the road and ended up in the middle of the Mojave.
The trail was a big sea of golden wildflowers.
We hiked to the top of a 10,000-year-old volcanic crater.
The payoff was an excellent view of lava fields.
After a spectacular sunset, we headed back home.
We were so exhausted, dirty and hungry, we decided to stop to wash up and grab a quick bite. I had no idea what I would find at Crossroads Cafe in Joshua Tree. Best-case scenario, I figured would be a salad, even though that wouldn't be nearly enough to fill my grumbly post-hike belly.
And then ... success!
A tempeh reuben with vegan cheese and a mixed green salad with lemon tahini dressing, all for $7.50. When my side salad arrived with non-vegan feta, the server efficiently whisked it away and brought me a brand-spanking-new one.
(Pardon the bad photo. That was taken with my phone in a poorly-lit place.)
Support vegan-friendly businesses: Crossroads Cafe is located at 61715 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA.