Author: daniellegoold

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Yosemite National Park Part 1: In the footsteps of Ansel Adams


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Reviewers frequently characterize [Ansel] Adams as a photographer of an idealized wilderness that no longer exists. On the contrary, the places that Adams photographed are, with few exceptions, precisely those wilderness and park areas that have been preserved for all time. There is a vast amount of true and truly protected wilderness in America, much of it saved because of the efforts of Adams and his colleagues. – Ansel Adams Biography by William Turnage, Oxford University Press

A few years ago Ryan and I went to an Ansel Adams exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum.  At the time, Ryan didn’t even know who Ansel Adams was, and was not familiar with his photography.  I had taken photography in high school so I remembered learning about Adams and knew he was well known for his black and white portraits.  Walking around the museum admiring the photographs, it never occurred to me that I could actually travel to and see the locations that Adams immortalized. (more…)

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The 5 Stages of Ironman Recovery


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Ironman CDA 2015 Swim
Training for an Ironman is hard work, but for me the hardest part seems to be the post race recovery.  I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and a few weeks ago Ryan joked calling my current mood the “post race hangover.” Fitting, however, I think the range of emotions are more similar to grief. After all, the last few months leading up to my race, my training consumed almost my entire life. (more…)

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Kings Canyon National Park


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Another short visit, similar to Sequoia, makes me want to come back…

That was how Ryan’s journal entry about our time in Kings Canyon started. He went on to recall the sites we saw and what we did while we were there, but ended the short entry with the same sentiment.

Most of the park is wilderness so I hope to come back and do some backpacking to really enjoy what this park has to offer.

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Sequoia National Park


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Shortly after visiting Petrified Forest NP and camping in our Element for the first time Ryan and I set out on a week long road trip from Scottsdale to California.  We had learned a few things from our first camping trip in the Element and were prepared with new gear and a better strategy for packing and sleeping.  On this trip we were hoping to see Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite and potentially Pinncales.  Ryan was participating in the Flag2GC mountain bike race on Saturday so I was going to meet him at the Grand Canyon campsite where the race finished and then we would leave on Sunday morning. (more…)

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Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon Trip Summary


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After our trip to Petrified Forest in August 2013, Ryan and I headed to California for a week of camping and exploring.  We were able to visit Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite.  Two years later, these parks are still some of our favorites, you can see our rankings here.   I’m working on a few posts about the trip, but it’s taking me a while to go through all the pictures, journal entries and GPS files.  In the meantime, I put together this fun infographic to share some of the highlights!  More to come! (more…)

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Our Favorite Camping Recipes


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When Ryan and I first started camping together, a weekend of camping consisted of cold bagels for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, brats for dinner and s’mores for dessert.  Camping also consisted of a lot of trash since we used an excessive amount of paper plates and plastic silverware.  Over the years, we have accumulated better quality cooking gear and realized that you don’t have to eat junk while camping, especially not when you are car camping.  Here are some of our favorite camping recipes that prove you can eat like a king in the middle of the woods! (more…)