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.
Evolution of the Camp Stove
A few posts back Danielle shared some of the top gear for your car camping kitchen. One of those pieces of gear was our faithful Coleman stove. We’ve had this thing since college and it works great every time. We love this stove and it’s probably one of the most used pieces of gear in our arsenal. We have cooked plenty of meals on that thing. Its high output can boil water quickly or it can be turned down to provide a nice simmer. It really is a great piece of equipment, but the only problem is that you can’t take it backpacking. Well I suppose you could if you are the anti-ultralight backpacker, but as the saying goes an ounce in the morning is a pound at night so this would feel like 55 pounds at night (and that doesn’t include the propane canister)!
Enter in the backpacking Primus stove. (more…)
Car Camping Kitchen Essentials
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…)
The 5 Stages of Ironman Recovery
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…)
Our Favorite Camping Recipes
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…)
Fat Biking the AZT
We stood huddled between two pines trying to stay out of the cold, wind and rain. I gazed out to the west and heard what sounded like a freight train barreling toward us, I turned and raised an eyebrow at my friend Joee as he said, “That sounds aggressive.” As soon as the words left his mouth we were getting pelted by marble sized hail. Soon we were drowning in a sea of hail as a wave of white marbles overtook us. We grabbed our bikes and sprinted to a nearby tent at the Nordic Center, grateful to make it out alive. Safely under the cover of a tent we did what any Phoenician would do in a hail storm, start playing with the hail and taking pictures! #hailedit (more…)