Warm Food and Unexpected Adventures

There are times when no amount of preparation can save you from unexpected bad weather on a camping/hiking trip. You can read about my first time camping at Joshua Tree here if you want to understand why I fall in love with the unexpected.

There is something so wonderfully powerful about experiencing something in a new and unique way. Ryan and I endured something most people do not while camping in the desert. I will never forget the smell of that soaked sand or how cold the air felt that morning. We were the only people in the campground that night, and it felt like the park belonged to us.

Since Ryan and I got together, we’ve had the privilege of taking at least two trips together a year. We usually take a huge road trip at the beginning of January, so we’ve seen a lot of unusual weather. The first year, we hit snow in New Mexico and Arizona. We got rained out in Southern California. We shivered the night away while camping in Southern Arizona. At the beginning of this year we happened to arrive at the Grand Canyon in the transition from snow to thunderstorm.


We drove into Grand Canyon Village overnight and felt like we had stepped into the past. Even though it was two weeks into January, Christmas lights decorated the entire street. A thin layer of snow covered the ground, only adding to the magic of the night. The next morning did not have weather looking any better. It was less than 60 degrees and drizzling all day. Ryan was a bit bummed, but I really loved it.

The gray sky didn’t wash out the brilliant earth tones and layering like a bright sun would. Every single color looked vibrant and bold. I have never felt so small in all my life. We walked the park with barely any company, and we stood at one of the highest points as the rain picked up and started to steadily fall again. I sent Ryan a postcard that day, one he wouldn’t see for at least two weeks. It said “Here’s a pic of the sunny Grand Canyon! So glad we got to experience the fog and rain and clouds. Thank you for pushing and coaching me towards the edge. I’ve seen things I never would have seen. Love, Mo”

Ain’t it the truth. Sometimes, you have to experience the unexpected to make an adventure truly extraordinary.


If you didn’t check out my post yesterday, please do! I did a little video about a 4 Day backpacking adventure. Here’s the recipe from Day 1 for the pb choc chip banana oatmeal I posted about.

Chocolately, peanutty, nanner goodness.

Chocolately, peanutty, nanner goodness.


Serves 1-2

Prep Time: 2 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 cup instant oatmeal

  • 2 Tbsp dehydrated peanut butter like PB2

  • 2 Tbsp dehydrated non-dairy milk

  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried bananas (get these from any health food store)

  • 2-3 Tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water

Mix everything except for the water together in a quart size ziploc bag. When ready to make in the backcountry, boil water. Pour over oatmeal. Stir until combined and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Such high hopes, but I’d say to definitely hold out for Just Mayo to bring back mayo packets

Such high hopes, but I’d say to definitely hold out for Just Mayo to bring back mayo packets

The oatmeal was delightfully good and filling. I’m definitely taking this with me out on the trail. I also used that Loma Linda lemon pepper fishless tuna with some Chosen Foods vegan mayo packets. I…was not a fan of the mayo. It completely ruined it for me. I do not want sweet in my pickles and I do not want sweet in my mayo. Um…no.

DAY 1 MENU (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack)

Tomorrow we’ll be taking a look at elevating your camp meal game and the menu for Day 2 of vegan backpacker week. Thanks for reading!