As I think over the past few days it’s hard to believe all that I’ve seen and accomplished. Justin and I left Denver last week and enjoyed the beautiful drive south to Utah. The mountains, deserts, and sometimes barren views were fascinating. It was hard to finally close my eyes for a nap while Justin drove because I didn’t want to miss any of the scenery.
|Zion National Park|
|Vibrant flowers at the top of Zion|
Finally we made it to the top. It was the hardest hike I had ever done, but I was proud to have accomplished it. Jason hiked back down so that he could return to work the next day, and Justin and I set up camp at the top. The backcountry of Zion is beautiful. We came across few other hikers that high up, so most of the time it felt like us and the wilderness. Our site had an incredible view of the canyon — very well earned!
The dinner we made that evening was simple and delicious: whole grain pasta, cheddar cheese, sauteed onion, and salt and pepper. It tasted so good to our carb- and salt-hungry bodies. It was very easy to make, too. We sauteed one sliced onion in a pot over the backpacking stove. Then we set those aside and boiled about 2 cups of pasta. When it was done, we drained the water, and added about half a cup or less of sharp cheddar, stirring until it was all melted. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper, and you have yourself a gourmet camping meal.
|Our gourmet camping meal of pasta, cheddar, and onions.|
|The gourmet dinner I made after our grand hike: mushroom and
cheddar fritatta, coconut pancakes, sweet potatoes, and tortillas.
Planning this meal helped me get to the top, since I was looking forward to making it!
As we plowed through the last 1 1/2 mile “lap” we started to see kids. That’s a good sign! Means we’re almost done. Then in the last half mile, Justin saw someone with a coffee cup. “You know you’re close when you see a guy holding a McCafe cup,” he said.
|Victorious at the top of the Grand Canyon!|
Right now we are in California going from San Diego to Lake Tahoe. I’ll be sure to share our adventures here. San Francisco food: here I come!