Trek Southwest - Hiking and Camping the Desert Southwest

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 Canyon, and then connected it to both Deadmans Pass and Mescal Trails (Mescal Trail connects Deadmans Pass and Long Canyon Trails). I absolutely loved this loop combination. It worked out to be around 5 miles in total which was just perfect for our youngest (reluctant) hiker. And just like every single trail I’ve hiked in Sedona – the views were breathtaking.

Long Canyon Trail/Deadmans Pass Trail/Mescal Trail

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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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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Campfire Drink Recipes

Drinking hot cocoa while camping is one of my oldest and fondest memories. I remember waking up in our tent and being SO DARN COLD. After struggling to get my clothes on while still in my sleeping bag, I would shiver my way out of the tent towards the fire. There was nothing quite like […]

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Breakfast Pie – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

To further my new relationship with my pie irons – I thought I’d try something for breakfast. I love scrambled eggs with cheese and toast in the morning so I thought it might make sense to simply make it into a pie of sorts in the pie iron. I was also craving chorizo so I […]

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Tree Springs Trail – Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

New Mexico

Tree Springs Trail lies a little further than halfway up the eastern slope of the Sandia Mountains, just east of Albuquerque. This eastern slope is much more hospitable to hikers than the mostly sheer cliffs of the western side, but any hike here still involves a significant amount of altitude change. The rabbit’s warren of […]

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S’mores Pie – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

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 […]

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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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