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.
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.
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!
November! November signals the end of the election cycle and feeling overjoyed that door-to-door solicitors will STOP COMING EVERY DAY and Thanksgiving and family…
The Little Wild Horse Canyon – Bell Canyon loop hike is a popular day hike in the San Rafael Swell region. The loop hike is 8 miles and takes 3-4 hours. With no technical skills required, this is a great slot canyon to explore for just about everyone.
This past summer (2016) Dan and I drove ~8,200 miles road tripping up to Alaska and back. For the month-long road trip portion, we spent about $800 on gas, $80 on ice for the cooler, $136 for a Canadian National Parks pass, $100 for campgrounds, and $10 for showers. Here are 5 things we experienced along the road trip portion!