Joshua Tree National Park is a curious place. Ryan and I pass signs for it all the time driving to Southern California from our house in Arizona. From the highway the landscape isn’t very exciting, arid desert as far as the eye can see and hazy mountain ranges looming in the distance. But just a short drive from the I-10 is a majestic land of towering boulders, extraordinary trees and interesting people. (more…)
Ever since starting this blog, I’ve come down with a severe case of wanderlust. It’s hard not to, since I have been reading everyone else’s blogs about outdoor adventures. Reading about people camping across America, departing on indefinite road trips or bikepacking across South America left me feeling a little inadequate.
After spending three days In Yosemite, we knew we weren’t ready to leave when we woke up on our last day. So instead of slowly cooking our breakfast, we quickly packed up our car and drove towards some of the first come first serve campgrounds off of Tioga Road. We were fortunate enough to snag a spot at Porcupine Flat and thrilled that we would to get to spend another two days exploring the quieter areas of the park.
I am a firm believer in eating well when car camping, and with a few essential items there is no reason not to eat like a king on your next camping trip. Here are some of our favorite items that have transformed mealtime around the campfire! (more…)
Finally, I am getting around to finishing up my recap of our trip to Yosemite in August 2013. I’ve been putting it off for a while now, not because there is nothing to share, but because it’s so hard to put into words how I feel about Yosemite. Both Ryan and I agree that Yosemite is our favorite park that we have visited so far. There is something so special about it. Obviously we aren’t the only ones that feel this way. Last year Yosemite was the third most visited park with almost 4 million visitors. (more…)
Ryan and I have been planning a new adventure for a few weeks now and its finally starting to take shape. Next month we will embark on our first bikepacking trip. For those that don’t know, bikepacking is essentially backpacking on a mountain bike. We have been doing a lot of research on different blogs and websites to find out what to expect, what gear to use and how to plan for a trip. Thus far, everything we have read suggests starting out with a short, low mileage, overnight bikepacking trip. So naturally, we planned a ride from our house in Cave Creek to Prescott, which will likely be around 105 miles, with just shy of 11,000 feet of climbing! I’m pretty sure that doesn’t qualify as a short, low mileage trip, but neither of us are known to shy away from a challenge. (more…)