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My Little Corner of the World 
Jan. 20, 2010 12:20 pm 
Updated: Jan. 27, 2010 5:37 am
 I live in a little corner of Southwest Washington state called Longview. Actually, it's one of the 20 largest cities in Washington, although it's hard for me to think of it as a city, it's still called going into town here. And if you drive through Longview and cross the sign, you're in Kelso. So it's like one big town, but it's actually two different ones. Kelso is the county seat for Cowlitz County, but Longview is bigger. Lately there has been talk about joining the 2 towns, but it's always voted down. We are a community of loggers and mill workers. My family goes way back as far as logging goes, from Forks to Toutle, we've been there and done that! We came to the area in 1983 after Mt. St. Helens erupted because the rush was on to salvage all the downed timber. In places, it looked like dominoes in a pattern that have toppled over, all these huge trees all laying the same way. It was the path of least resistance right down the Toutle River Valley. There were areas where this old growth timber, and we're talking trees that were 10-12 feet across, not around, and larger, looked like God had picked up a handful of pixie sticks and dropped them in tangled piles 30 to 40 feet high. My husband also came down to this area right afterwards and worked for a logging company in the salvage rush. I cannot attest to what the Toutle River Valley looked like before the eruption, I've only seen pictures, but I can tell you what it looked like 3 years afterward. It's all growing back up again, and, as it always has whenever there has been an eruption through the ages, in another 75-100 years, it will look pristine again, but it will never look as it did before. Spirit Lake used to be huge, but so much of it got covered in mudflow and ash and debris, it's just a tiny fraction of what it was. Throughout the years since the eruption, from time to time, the Mountain, as we call it here, will spit some steam up and once in awhile, we'll get a little earthquake.
 The Columbia River is across the road from me here where I live. You can watch it rise and fall with the Pacific Ocean tides. Some super fabulous sturgeon fishing holes are up and down the Columbia. Sturgeon fishing is NOT for the impatient person! The Cowlitz River empties into the Columbia, and the Toutle River empties into the Cowlitz. So all the riverbanks around here are volcanic ash.But, out of all these places by me, I have to say one of my favorites is the Abernathy Creek area. You go out of Longview west about 15 miles and you turn off the highway into a virtual cave of moss. This winding little road meanders up probably 10 miles or so and used to turn into a logging road, then several years back, they dug out the end of the road and left it impassible due to logging that was going to be done in the area. Then the end of the road slid out so we lost probably another 1/2 mile of it. People versus Nature, hmmm...I've seen this creek just a trickle and I've seen it jump the road! But it's true wilderness up there and if you didn't know something about direction or whatnot, it would be pretty easy to get lost up there on the tangle of logging roads that intertwine.
 This is where my husband and I go when we need to unwind, not to mention that the dogs love to run up there! We went for a drive this morning just as the sun was coming up and the drive was absolutely beautiful and I just wanted to share my little corner of the world!
Mills in Longview
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hunting of the small lakes up in the Abernathy area..this was about 11 years ago, I think
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Abernathy Creek Rd. in Cowlitz County, Washington
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Waterfall on Abernathy Creek Rd.-these little ones dry up in the summer
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Road Slide at the end of Abernathy Creek Rd.
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Gnarly Old Fir Tree
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An Old Car Wreck (Decades Ago)..can't remember if that's the bumper or the guardrail!
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the Husband Walking the Slide with blurry running dogs
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Jan. 20, 2010 1:55 pm
That sounds like a great place! I can just see my 2 labs really enjoying themselves there! I've lived in Ohio my entire life, except for a brief year and a half in Kentucky when I was a kid. I've never been any further west than Wyoming. Someday......
Jan. 20, 2010 1:59 pm
I moved to Watkins Glen, NY for a very short period of time and it was beautiful there...but I missed my home!
Jan. 20, 2010 2:04 pm
Yes, we get attached to our own homes, but when I think about it, I'm not sure what I love about Ohio! The sun rarely shines and it rains or is cold a lot - but my family is here and it's what I know.
Jan. 20, 2010 2:08 pm
It rains here for much of the year...but I think about the beautiful trade-off. We have these huge gorgeous old growth trees (which are becoming fewer and further in between and they are dripping with moss and ferns and I wonder why on earth would I ever want to live anywhere else but around in western Washington?
Jan. 20, 2010 2:11 pm
If I cross the bridge into Oregon, I'm about 45 minutes from the beach. If I drive 45 minutes south, I'm in Portland, OR. If I drive 2 hours east, I'm in the Cascades, within spitting distance of both Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. Four hours northwest, I'm back in Forks...kinda got it made here!
Jan. 20, 2010 2:12 pm
And 2 1/2 hours north is Seattle!
Jan. 20, 2010 2:14 pm
Yes, you do have it made! I'm an hour from Lake Erie and a day's drive from a lot of places... LOL
Jan. 20, 2010 3:37 pm
WW, sounds like you are living in a beautiful part of the country. I love your pictures. Would love to come visit that area.
Jan. 20, 2010 4:31 pm
Come on out and we'll have razor clams and beer battered sturgeon!
Jan. 20, 2010 5:44 pm
Wow! The furthest I've made it that way was Tacoma and that was in the passenger seat of my friends semi-truck. From what I saw... GORGEOUS! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I love the fact that you do the rv thing, but then I've never done it so it may sound better then it is. It sounds like you are definitely in one of the best spots up there! One of these days I'm going to be able to travel up there and really see the sights. One question.. do you get all the crazy Twilight fanatics asking you about Forks?! LOL
Jan. 20, 2010 6:31 pm
Oh, yeah...the only thing that they had right about that movie is that it rains a lot in Forks...that is NOT Forks High School in that movie, it's in Kalama which is 10 miles south of here. Bella's house was actually over in St. Helens, Oregon and the waterfalls were Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge on the Oregon side! They made it seems so dark and gloomy there, and although many days it is overcast, it's not THAT dark there!
Jan. 21, 2010 1:04 am
Thank you so much for the kind words you left on my blog. By the way...Great Blog! I have family in Bellingham, WA...I love my visits there...It is so beautiful!
Jan. 21, 2010 3:24 pm
It's breathtaking WW. Your a lucky woman to wake up to that everyday. As Scarlett said" I'm pea green with envy." Mag
Jan. 24, 2010 6:49 pm
That place is like a fairy tale!!!! how beautiful.... I can't help being jealous every time I read your blogs ;)!!
Jan. 25, 2010 11:18 am
You take amazing pictures. The missing road is terrifying! Seeing your pictures kind of brings the Twilight novels to life because I can see what the author was thinking.
Jan. 25, 2010 3:42 pm
Citrus...those pictures were taken here in Longview, not Forks, LOL! Forks has way more mossy dripping trees and so forth!
Jan. 27, 2010 5:37 am
WW, o god I miss razor clams....lived in aberdeen area in the early 80's and was there when the Mt. blew her top...scary stuff and sooo glad to be west of all that ash. we used to canoe around the lower peninsula and I still consider Wash. state one of my favorite places. Now living in the Netherlands and looking forward to exploring Europe in about 8 years when hubby retires...can't wait. Love your blog...p.s. I live in a 28' caravan on the Maas river...boy can I relate to your situation...enjoy!! Lindy n Johannes
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About Me
I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down! My motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You've got nothing to lose by trying something new!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States