How To Spend A Weekend in Kings Canyon National Park

So by now you have already seen all my posts about Kings Canyon, breaking down each part into pieces and offering up specific details. And if you haven’t, you should, cause they’re awesome ;-). You know which trails to do and where to camp, but how do you put it all together? Of course there…

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Kings Canyon National Park: Tips and Packing List

“In the vast Sierra wilderness, far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is yet a grander valley of the same kind. It is situated on the south fork of the Kings River, above the most extensive groves and forests of the giant sequoia, and beneath the shadows of the highest mountains in…

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Beer S’mores: Stout Chocolate Bars and Belgian Ale Marshmallows

I want to start out by saying my photos suck for this recipe. The food got mangy by the time it was ready to be photographed (explanation to come), and it was REALLY dark in our campground. And since food photographs best with natural light, well, you can see how that would present a problem.…

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Where to Camp in Kings Canyon National Park (Sort of)

I don’t know how it works in national parks (or state parks for that matter) in other states, but here in California, good luck getting a campsite on a holiday weekend. You have to be waiting on your computer the very first day reservations become available for your desired dates, and then attempt to reserve…

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Kings Canyon: Hiking in Cedar Grove

In case this is my first Kings Canyon post you’re reading, I should start by saying that Kings Canyon is divided into two halves, Cedar Grove and Grant Grove, with a long scenic drive through Sequoia National Forest connecting them. Cedar Grove is the much bigger half, but it’s also less developed and less accessible.…

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Kings Canyon: Hiking in Grant Grove

So as I mentioned in my Scenic Drive Through Kings Canyon post, the park is split into two sections, with a big stretch of national forest dividing them. Grant Grove is the considerably smaller of the two, and also the more easily accessible and more frequented. But don’t let its smaller size fool you; some…

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A Scenic Drive Through Kings Canyon

I’m ashamed to admit that this was my first visit to Kings Canyon. I’ve lived in southern CA for 30 years (aka my whole life), just a few short hours from this extremely underrated national park. I mean, it doesn’t even get it’s own website or merch, being lumped together with Sequoia National Park. Ok,…

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Chili Brown Sugar Campfire Beer Can Chicken

I love camping, as I’m sure anyone who reads this blog knows. Tents, no TV, campfires, actually being able to see stars…ahhh. My friends and I always take at least one camping trip a year (a tradition for the past 10 years), and over time, I have become the designated camp chef. Of course we…

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Badlands National Park: Tips and Packing List

Called “Mako Sica” (“land bad”) by the Lakota, and “les mauvaises terres à traverser” (“bad lands to travel across”) by early French trappers, Badlands National Park has long been known to be a harsh and inhospitable environment. The parks 244,000 acres of land contain sharply eroded buttes, colorful spires and pinnacles, deep gorges, and sprawling…

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Natural Hot Springs: How-to Guide and Packing List

Visiting natural hot springs is awesome. Being able to relax in a natural hot tub after a long day of hiking is a perfect way to soothe sore muscles and remove the stress of regular life. Plus all the minerals in the water are amazing for your skin! While once hidden gems and known to…

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