Clean Living: Camping in Tuolumne Meadows

Clean Living: Camping in Tuolumne Meadows

Last week I went camping in Tuolumne Meadows with my family, which is something I try to do at least once a year. For those of you who have never made it to Yosemite, it is a life-changing experience. I go camping closer to home in Southern CA as often as I can, but Yosemite holds a special place in my heart. The breath-taking views of the granite rocks, the quiet forests and starry nights make for a relaxing way to unwind, disconnected from the rest of the world.

It was supposed to be about 45 degrees at night, but ended up being closer to 30. Toasty camp fires made all the difference

It was supposed to be about 45 degrees at night, but ended up being closer to 30. Toasty camp fires made all the difference

For almost 5 days, I had no cell phone reception, which is a very freeing feeling. I got up early (the local birds made sure I knew exactly when dawn was), ate breakfasts of hard boiled eggs and bacon, packed up my backpack and went hiking for most of the day. I knew I wanted to eat clean and feel as healthy as possible. Coming back from a good hike meant I was smelly, dirty, and exhausted. If you do not have one, invest in a good camping hammock, find yourself some good hammock trees, and relax. There are a lot of brands out there, so shop around and find one that suits your needs.  If you do any backpacking, get one that is lightweight and easy to set up. Planning on car camping? You can get one that is heavier and has poles.  

Sweet, sweet hammock hang time is the best after an 8 mile hike

Sweet, sweet hammock hang time is the best after an 8 mile hike

I do not know the name of these peaks, but sunset created breath taking pictures

I do not know the name of these peaks, but sunset created breath taking pictures

One of hour easier hikes was hiking around Tenaya lake. We ended up sitting on the beach and watched a climber free-climb (no ropes) up the mountain behind me in about 30 minutes. It was impressive, to say the least.

Bright pink shirt, essential for being spotted by bears. Just kidding, there were some bears in the campground but I did not actually see any.

Bright pink shirt, essential for being spotted by bears. Just kidding, there were some bears in the campground but I did not actually see any.

Camping may not be for everyone, but conservation and respect for nature are incredibly important to me. I did not really get into exercise until I was in college, and since then I have found hiking to be rewarding for not only physical challenges, but also the mental health aspect that being outside has to offer. So go outside, watch a sunset and just embrace the sound of the wind in the trees.

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

Paleo Jambalaya

Paleo Jambalaya