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Yosemite National Park Part 2: Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point


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Yosemite Valley

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…)

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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…)

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Channel Islands National Park Part 1: What does the fox say?


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Summer has officially arrived in the valley, which naturally means all Phoenicians are heading to SoCal to get out of the heat and enjoy some time on the beach. This week I’m sharing a little bit about our trip to Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Ventura, California. Ryan and I visited Channel Islands in December 2013 right after Christmas. Before sharing about our experience, there are a few logistical things to mention about CINP. Getting to Channel Islands is not easy, there are five individual islands and getting to the closest islands, Anacapa or Santa Cruz, requires a one hour boat ride. (more…)