Trek Southwest - Hiking and Camping the Desert Southwest

Where is Big Bend National Park? It’s way out there. Far away from what most Americans would consider civilization. Over three hours from the nearest commercial airport (in Midland, Texas).

Big Bend National Park sits in one of the most remote parts of West Texas, bordering Mexico along the Rio Grande River (its called Big Bend due to sitting in the “big bend” of the Rio Grande River).

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Thunder Mountain Trail/Lower Chimney Rock Trail – Sedona, Arizona

Arizona

When a trail has a name like Thunder Mountain how can you pass it up? For my birthday this year I requested a trip to my happy place (also known as Sedona, Arizona) with a hike and a good beer afterwards. And Sedona never disappoints! We hiked a portion of Thunder Mountain Trail and veered […]

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Chicken Pot Pie – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

I’m a huge sucker for chicken pot pie. It’s one of my all time favorite foods. And since pie irons make every food taste better – why wouldn’t I come up with a chicken pot pie recipe for the pie iron? While making these mini chicken pot pies is a bit more work than making […]

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How to Camp Safely in Bear Country

Odds and Ends

Camping in the American Southwest means you’ll be in bear country at one point or another. I suppose if you stuck to desert-only areas you might avoid them altogether, but you’d be missing out on some really gorgeous places. The good news is that to learn how to camp safely in bear country you really […]

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How to Hike Safely in Bear Country

Odds and Ends

Hiking in many parts of the Southwest involves being in bear country. While a lot of folks only think of the desert parts of the Southwest, there are actually quite a few active bear areas throughout the Southwest. In my home state of Arizona alone – much of the northern and eastern parts of the […]

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Long Canyon Trail/Deadmans Pass Trail/Mescal Trail Loop – Sedona, Arizona

Arizona

On one of our “adventure days” up north we wanted to get a peek at Long Canyon Trail in Sedona. However, Long Canyon is an out and back trail. We were looking to do a loop so you never see the same bit of trail twice. We ended up catching a tiny bit of Long […]

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Quesadillas – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

Quesadillas are a staple in our house. I’m not exaggerating when I say that we have them at least once a week. They’re a quick and easy dinner or lunch and they’re delicious. Strangely enough I’ve not made them while camping. I guess I didn’t really associate them with being a camping food. But after […]

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Breathing Life Into Your Breakfast Leftovers: The Camping Burrito Recipe

Foil Packet Recipes

Camping burritos are the camper’s version of the classic Tex-Mex burrito. They’re the holy grail of camping recipes, being easy to make, very transportable (you can make it ahead of time then just heat it in the campsite), and tastes heavenly. They’re usually pre-cooked at home, but you can also cook right at your campsite. […]

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Little Horse Trail/Chapel Trail – Sedona, Arizona

Arizona

I will admit that I only picked Little Horse Trail because it ended on something called Chicken Point. How cool of a name is that for an area? Lucky for me – you pretty much can’t go wrong when hiking in and around Sedona and these trails did not disappoint. You can see Chicken Point […]

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Pizza Pocket – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

As soon as my fourth grader got a taste of breakfast pies, it turned into her favorite breakfast. One day as she was sitting eating one, inspiration seemed to strike her and she turned to me and while pointing to the pie irons said: “could you make a pizza pocket in those?” And of course […]

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Dutch Oven Pinto Beans Recipe

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipes

Pinto beans are best kept simple, so in this savory pinto beans recipe we’ll do just that. Some recipes, like what some people call “cowboy beans,” call for loads of sugar and other ingredients, when at its simplest, a good pinto beans recipe doesn’t need anything more than salt, pepper and some sort of fat […]

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