Our weekend in King's Canyon National park

My husband and I are still working through our list of national parks in California. Last weekend we checked out King's Canyon and it (by far) exceeded my expectations. I hadn't looked up any details, I just had a visual of what I thought it would be like..  my mental picture didn't even come close. This park was so grand! There were hardly any other visitors, it felt like we had the place to ourselves. We chose to do the mist falls hike and were beside a beautiful green, clear river almost the entire day! There were also a few gorgeous waterfalls just off of the roads to pull over and see. Overall it was a very easy park to explore and navigate. Well worth the drive from Pleasanton.

There is this strong connection with water that I (and my family) have. We grew up going to our cottage in Caseville, MI on Lake Huron. Boating was always my Dad's favorite activity and so of course my siblings and I have all done our fair share of that. After I graduated from high school my family moved to Northern Michigan, and had easy access to several lakes, we were only a 30 minute drive from Lake Michigan. On my days off while I was in nursing school, I would head to the beach or take a hike in the upper peninsula where there are so many water features, it is like a playground! I watched a movie (one from the chronicles of narnia series) years ago where I saw a scene with the most beautiful blue water flowing between canyons. A quick google search led me to find out that New Zealand is quite gorgeous, and has some of the most beautiful water I have ever seen. I made a commitment to myself, at a young age, to go and see that glacier water! Years later, my husband and I actually got engaged in NZ! I even have tiny, blue/green stones "hidden" in my engagement ring, because he understood my lifelong love for that aspect of nature. 

My love for water is difficult to explain,  But it is something that I feel so deeply. The reflective details on the surface, the many different hues of blue and green, the bodies of water all over the world that are so life giving. The way that it continually pushes up on the shore and then pulls back, with loud swooshing white noise that could calm me in any situation. The way that it carves out valleys, and canyons  like the one in this National park. The way that it guided us along our hike,  and continued to flow from its origin while we soaked up its beauty.

I was so grateful for this trip, our views, and that river. This was some much needed quality time with my sweetheart <3

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Clean eating while camping

A weekend meal plan for two. 

Riley and I love to get away on the weekends. He has those two (precious) days off, and a lot of times we decide to use them to see a new place and enjoy the great outdoors. We have done this enough lately to realize that we loosely follow the same meal plan for these short trips. It is an easy, fast, affordable way with minimal prepping and minimal cooking to stay on track with your clean eating. 

We have found that packing our own food is essential, if we don't, the options are fast food and gas station junk. We are usually on the road pretty late by the time he gets out of work, and that leaves little to no hope for finding anything decent that's open on the way. 

I have dinner ready for us before we leave, usually something like a red lentil pasta bake with marinara sauce and basil or a pesto chicken salad. This past weekend I had a chicken, kale, olive, and mushroom skillet prepared with plenty of lemon juice and garlic. Eating well before and during travel has made all of the difference for me. My sleep, energy levels, mood etc are all affected by food, so I am happy to bring my favorite meals along with us. 

Day 1

Breakfast: Granola with kefir and fruit (Berries are the easiest but I have also prepped and cut mangos and watermelon ahead of time and that makes for a better breakfast bowl), coffee 

Snacks while hiking: Grass fed beef jerky sticks and lara bars. 

Lunch: lettuce wraps with turkey or chicken (I use leftover from home) tomato, onion, hummus

Dinner: Tuna burgers  (options for turkey or beef burgers) with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, condiments of choice. Chips, salsa, and coleslaw. 

Dessert: Put the leftover fruit in a foil packet with bits of granola and break up a dark chocolate bar, heat it over the fire and enjoy! 

Day 2

Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs, with avocado toast and "everything but the bagel" seasoning from Trader Joes, coffee. 

Snacks while hiking: Apples and oranges 

Lunch: Turkey or chicken, hummus, peppers, cucumbers. You could also use the leftover lettuce to make this into a salad 

Dinner: Chicken tacos (with leftover chicken from home) with black beans, corn and salsa 

Optional, stop for dinner on the way home and opt out of prepping this meal. 

What you will need to bring:

  • Silverware
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • French press ( we definitely qualify this as a "need")
  • Tin foil
  • Skillet (depending on whether you will have access to a grill or not)
  • Spatula
  • Cooler
  • To drink: we bring at least a few gallons of filtered berkey water from home, and kombucha. 

What you will need to prep:

  • Hard boil eggs at home
  • Cook or bring leftover chicken/turkey from home

 

There is so much to be said for getting away, having a weekend outside, and feeling unplugged from the crazy world that we live in. Eating well while we are out there, just makes it that much better for our bodies. When we plan longer trips, the cooking gets a bit more involved. We also love breakfast skillets in the morning, but these quick trips with limited time are perfect for this meal plan above. Try it out and let me know what you think <3

I wish you wellness.

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