We drove about 1300 miles.
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We just came back to Miami after an amazing 11 days in Colorado and Utah.
We slept in a tent for 7 nights:
We hiked an average of 5 miles/day:
We saw beautiful wild flowers:
We saw amazing land formations:
Arches National Park – Landscape Arch
Bryce Canyon National Park – Hoodoos
Went fishing and only caught three fish in 12 hours,
What a beautiful area of the country! The tall and majestic mountains, the rivers cutting through the mountains to create canyons, and the wildlife (we only got to see one bear, but lots of deer, marmot, chipmunks, and birds). There is nothing like it!
I love camping. It is by far one of the best ways to vacation, to disconnect from our wired lives because you really do not have a choice. No electricity, no cell phone signal (most of the time), and not TV to distract you from the beauty around you. Road trips also help you get to know the areas you are traveling. You jump in a car and you drive. And that is what we did. We rented a car in Denver, CO and drove it all the way to Las Vegas, with stops on the way.
It is pretty simple to go camping once you have all the equipment you need:
- Sleeping bags
- Sleeping mats
- Stove and gas
- Eating and cooking utensils
Once you have your supplies you go shopping for food and you are set to go!
We love cooking while we go camping. We never make anything too fancy but the process of just sitting outside, cutting your veggies and preparing your food is so much fun. We always have a salad for dinner together with rice and beans or pasta with some sauce. Breakfast is usually eggs or oatmeal and lunches are always a sandwich that we get to enjoy at the top of a mountain or by a lake.
Maroon Bell Lake- Aspen, CO
Turkish Coffee: A breakfast MUST
We picked up drinking only Turkish Coffee while living in Israel. It is like a tradition and we do not have any other type of coffee when we camp. Turkish coffee is simple to make.
- Pour in cold water in the coffee pot and add about 4 big tablespoons of coffee. The amount of coffee may be varied to taste, but do not forget, there will be a thick layer of coffee grounds, called “Mud” in Hebrew (Botz) left at the bottom of your cup for properly made Turkish coffee. If you need to add sugar this is the time to do it, we always do.
- Heat the pot as slowly as you can. The slower the heat the better it is. Make sure you watch it to prevent overflowing when the coffee boils.
- Once the water boils, you are ready to have your morning or afternoon cup of coffee.
Note: Since there is no filtering of coffee at any time during this process, you should wait for a few minutes before drinking your delicious Turkish coffee while the coffee grounds settle at the bottom of the cup.
Camping style Penne with Portabella Mushrooms and Green Pepper Tomato sauce
- 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
- 2 portabella mushrooms
- 1 green pepper
- 1 onion finely diced
- Penne pasta
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Boil water and cook the pasta.
- Drain the water and set aside and cover to keep warm so that you can cook your sauce since you only have one stove
- Cook the onions first, until they are translucent.
- Add the mushrooms and peppers and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the can of diced tomatoes.
- Let it boil.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix the pasta together with the sauce and enjoy together with a fresh salad and a nice glass of wine from the box!
If you have any left overs, put them in a zip lock bag (make sure you bring some as they come in handy) and place in your cooler.
If you are lazy and don’t want to cook so much, go shopping for these:
I have about 3000 pictures to go through as I was also playing around with my new camera.