Trek Southwest - Hiking and Camping the Desert Southwest

I love s’mores a lot. As in – I have a hard time thinking there is a way to improve them. But I’m really into my pie irons right now and I just *knew* that trying to figure out a s’mores pie in them would be worth my time. And boy oh boy was it ever! The end result was gooey, chocolatey, graham crackery goodness. It is more of a time commitment than your basic s’more, but if you want a camping dessert with star power – this is it.

S'mores Pudgy Pie

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Granite Basin Recreation Area – Prescott, Arizona

Arizona

Our family went up to Granite Basin Recreation Area in Prescott, Arizona for a picnic and a hike last month. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the area offers a wide variety of activities – hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, and boating. I had visions of a very crowded lake with a small […]

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Campfire Grilled Cheese – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

I’m totally enchanted with pudgy pies (aka sandwiches cooked in a pie iron)! Much like cooking in a dutch oven – they have a very distinct flavor that can only come from being cooked outdoors and in cast iron. I just got my first set of brand new (unseasoned) pie irons so the best place […]

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Indian Spring Trail/Big Lake Lookout Trail – Greer, Arizona

Arizona

While on our camping trip to Greer in August, we set out to do the Indian Spring Trail (a 7.5 mile loop), but the weather wasn’t our friend and the heat drove us to change our plans. We ended up veering off onto Big Lake Lookout Trail. It was a happy accident because both trails […]

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Hiking at Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico is filled with mineral hot springs and the man-made spas that have cropped up around them. The best known of these is Ojo Caliente. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa has been a destination for travelers, honeymooners, and those seeking rejuvenation and healing in its mineral waters for almost 150 years. It’s […]

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Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipes

In my quest for the ultimate campfire dessert – I stumbled onto a number of recipes that called themselves a dutch oven apple cobbler. After reading the ingredient list I realized it’s more like a dump cake mixed with a cobbler. The good news is that it takes the best of both things – the […]

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How to Set Up a Tent – In Pictures

Odds and Ends

Every time I mention to people that I love to tent camp – I get looks of dismay. Of course it’s a whole different story when you tell a kid you love to tent camp. They’re usually right there with you. But I find that when I dig down into the why that people don’t […]

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Boquillas Hot Springs – Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails

A short day hike down to the historic Boquillas Hot Spring on the banks of the Rio Grande.  If you’ve spent the day, or a few days, hiking in the rugged Big Bend Region, the perfect way to soothe your sore muscles and feet is a soak in the 105 degree Hot Springs along this trail. It […]

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Butler Canyon Trail – Greer, Arizona

Arizona

Butler Canyon Trail is a very short, but absolutely gorgeous nature trail in Greer, Arizona. We wanted to check it out because we’d seen the view from the trail’s start used several times on websites promoting Greer as a vacation destination. And after hiking the trail – I can see why. It’s a family-friendly little […]

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Tuff Canyon Trail – Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails

Tuff Canyon (not to be confused with tough) in Big Bend National Park is an easy day hike down into the bottom of a canyon consisting primarily of a soft rock made out of volcanic tuff (volcanic ash). This canyon has been carved by thousands of years of rainfall, falling high in the Chisos Mountains to the […]

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Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs

Skillet and Grill Grate Recipes

My family loves spaghetti and meatballs, but to take it camping just seemed like such a hassle. Between boiling the pasta and cooking the sauce and meatballs – it was just too much work for camping (and too many dishes to clean!) Until I discovered that you can do it all in one skillet! I […]

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