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Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking

A good sleeping pad can make the difference between tossing and turning all night and getting a good night's sleep during your backpacking trip. There might be some nights you'll be so tired that you just faceplant into your sleeping bag, but usually I haven't found this to be the case. Sleeping pads are an important part of not...

How to Get Permits for the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail is a life long dream for many hikers. With incredible views and challenging terrain, hiking this 213 mile trail can be a life changing experience. As such, getting permits for the John Muir Trail is very difficult as they are highly competitive and sought after. The popularity of the JMT has been increasing significantly and steadily...

The Best Double Sleeping Bags

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If you're backpacking or camping as a couple or family, double sleeping bags have a lot of advantages! The biggest advantage is that you get to cuddle with your partner while you're sleeping, which also means increased body heat! My husband and I use a double sleeping bag for all of our backpacking trips and there have been several...

Vegan Backpacking Meal Plan

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There are far less options for vegan backpacking food than meat-eater backpacking food...especially if you want something interesting that's more than just granola, pasta, or rice and beans. So much of a vegan diet is fresh vegetables, which are difficult to get when you're on the trail, and which also are heavy and take up lots of space in...

Visiting Pirate Tower, Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach

A fun little roadside stop on a beautiful Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach CA. Contrary to it's name, this 60ft "Pirate Tower", as it's affectionately called by the locals, has nothing to do with pirates. In the early 1900s a wealth eccentric would hide gold coins in the tower for the local children which is how the tower got...

Hiking to Yost / Fern Lakes, Inyo National Forest

This is a short but difficult hike to two beautiful lakes in the Sierra Mountains in Inyo National Forest. Yost and Fern lakes sit on opposite sides of a large rocky peak. This hike is more often done as a day hike, but can easily be done as a weekend backpacking trip as well. I personally preferred Fern Lake...

Kings Creek Falls Trail

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The most popular short hike in Lassen National Park, and for good reason! This is a relatively easy and beautiful hike with huge views! Think of it almost like a mini Mist Trail in Yosemite. This is a very popular and easy hike in Lassen, so be prepared for crowds! We did this hike during the Covid pandemic shortly...

E-L-T (Egg, Lettuce, Tomato) in Jar

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Egg, Lettuce, Tomato in a jar (a vegetarian take on ta BLT) is a super easy, portable, and tasty lunch option when you're camping or just out on long hikes. It's a low-carb alternative to a sandwich, and also packs some fresh ingredients, which can sometimes be scarce when having meals out in the woods. Ingredients (for 1 jar): ...

Southwestern Chick’n Foil Packets

This Southwestern chick'n foil packet recipe is so easy and so tasty! It's so good that we've even started to make it at home! These are really yummy and pretty healthy - a nice departure from most camp food which is often carb-based. Plus most if it comes from a can! I use fake chick'n since I'm vegetarian and...

Burkhart Trail to Cooper Canyon Falls

Cooper Canyon Falls is a pretty nice hike by Southern California standards that flows year round and roars in April/May from snow run off. Burkhart Trail to get there is mostly shaded, lots of trees, and you follow a creek to a big waterfall at the end of the hike. It's also not super crowded. Definitely one of my...