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.

Grand Canyon Clear Creek Trail

Grand Canyon Winter Backpacking: Clear Creek Trail

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!

Car camping cooking

Tofu Stir Fry With Peanut Ginger Sauce: Car Camping Dinners Part 2

I started making this tofu stir fry on our car camping trips because it’s easy to prep most of the steps at home and spend only ~20 minutes cooking a fresh, healthy dinner. Tofu is great for car camping because I don’t have the same level of concern about food spoilage as I would if it were chicken. And browning it on all sides in a cast-iron skillet gives it an awesome texture – crispy on the outside, soft/chewy on the inside.

North Wash Utah Canyoneering

Lost Angel Canyon – North Wash, Utah

Lost Angel Canyon is a short and dry technical canyon in the North Wash area of Utah. It features a fun 197 foot rappel at the end. We took about double the expected time to complete this canyon because as we walked downstream along the river to exit we ran into sheer rock walls and had to cross the river four times. It made things a little more interesting!