The highlight of our trip to Sedona, after the fantastic car camping, was a hike up Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain is located in the Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness of Sedona and ascending it is a challenging half-day hike. It is one of the area’s highest accessible points with amazing views of Fay Canyon, Boynton Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks, and colorful desert as far as the eye can see.
Part 1 of our trip to Sedona, Arizona in February 2017. We enjoyed free camping area along FR 525, west of Sedona. It is convenient to many of Sedona’s well-known hikes, including Boynton Canyon, Bear Mountain, Fay Canyon, and Doe Mountain.
After an easier day hiking the Clear Creek Trail, my legs were feeling a whole lot better and ready for the climb up Bright Angel. While waiting for the sun to emerge above the canyon walls, I tried to warm up by drinking multiple cups of tea. Dan and I ate the last of our cold, smushed pumpkin muffins and left Bright Angel Campground around 9 AM.
Grand Canyon’s Clear Creek Trail is a great “rest day” activity if you’re staying at Phantom Ranch or Bright Angel campground in the winter. It stretches 9 miles long so you can choose your own out-and-back length. And emphasis is on winter activity because it is south facing and consequently is in the sun from sunrise to sunset. In summer, temperatures at the bottom of the canyon can exceed 100 F. But in January it was a balmy 50 degrees!
At the end of January 2017, Dan and I went on a three day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. It was as grand as promised! Part I is our winter backpacking descent from South Kaibib trailhead to Bright Angel Campground.
These almond butter and oat cookies are delicious + healthy, great for breakfast or a snack. They’re lightly sweetened and on the dense/hearty side. Kind of like a granola bar in cookie form.
This colorful salad is a delicious light-but-satisfying meal. It’s full of crispy, fresh vegetables, protein-filled edamame and pumpkin seeds, and is topped with a tangy, slightly sweet Asian dressing.
I like this Cowboy Caviar recipe so much I make it year-round. Including now, with snow coming down. It’s fresh and flavorful and a great item to have in the fridge for a quick healthy snack. I like it with tortilla chips but it also goes excellently as part of a burrito bowl meal with rice, cheese, guacamole, and hot sauce. Or you could put in in a wrap with rice, cheese, guacamole, and hot sauce for a regular burrito. It’s kind of like I enjoy different combinations of these same ingredients..