• Exploring Arizona

    Exploring Ironwood National Monument, Sasco & The Silver Bell Cemetary

    When searching for satellite photos and maps, we find all kinds of interesting things to seek out in the desert. One day, we found a structure near Red Rock, Arizona, and with a little research, found out it is the old Sasco Smelter and Ghost Town. It seems like a great reason to load up the BCO Tundra and go exploring! Adventure of the day: Irownwoon National Monument, Sasco & the Silver Bell Cemetary Heading out to Sasco, Arizona Today we ventured South towards Tuscon, Arizona from Queen Creek. We heard about an old smelter just outside of Red Rock, AZ, and the Ironwood Forest National Monument. We are always…

  • Orange Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

    Orange Marinated Grilled Flank Steak Recipe

    Taco Night with Orange Marinated Grilled Flank Steak We are a family that just LOVES our tacos & burritos. Most people have heard of Taco Tuesdays….. we take that to a new level. We enjoy taco Monday, taco Tuesday, taco Wednesday, taco Thursday…. you get the picture. This Orange Marinated Grilled Flank Steak is one of our favorite ingredients for our tacos. When it comes to making Mexican food, we definitely do not mess around. Everything is made from scratch including the tortillas, beans & rice. The marinade is a tasty mix that includes garlic, onion flakes, lime juice, fresh orange, and a touch of honey. You can easily customize…

  • Wagon Wheel Track - Superior Arizona
    Exploring Arizona

    Old Mining Wagon Wheel Tracks in Superior Arizona

    Sometimes you come across the most unexpected things when you are out exploring.  The other day, I was scouring the internet for a close-by spot to go check out with the family and dogs.  Living in Queen Creek, AZ, we have access to thousands of acres of wilderness, mountains, and deserts to explore, and I found a spot that piqued my attention.  There are Old Mining Wagon Wheel Tracks in Superior Arizona from the 1870’s nearby!! Superior, Arizona and It’s Amazing History “Kids!  Dogs! Load up!  We’re going on a mini-adventure!” We packed some water and snacks and loaded up in the Jeep.  Heading North from Queen Creek, the East…

  • Roasted Red Pepper Spread - Dehydrated

    Dehydrated Roasted Red Pepper Spread

    With things coming to a slow down the last few weeks, we have a little more time to get creative with a few of our favorite recipes. This dehydrated Roasted Red Pepper Spread recipe was adapted from the original Ball Roasted Red Pepper Spread. Since I just happened to have some peppers in the freezer from last fall, I decided to try a version of the recipe that we can easily take with us camping. This spread is sooo delicious on sandwiches and burgers. To make the Dehydrated Roasted Red Pepper Spread, you just need a few simple ingredients. It is a great way to use up extra produce from…

  • Bulldog Canyon Trail, Arizona
    Exploring Arizona

    Bulldog Canyon Trail, Arizona

    Last week, we took the family on the Bulldog Canyon Trail located just North of Apache Junction, Arizona. The kids have been working hard at their online school work and we all really needed a break. We decided to social distance ourselves on a local trail. We left early for the trail to beat any others that were feeling the same way we were. Getting out in the Jeep is such a stress reliever and allows us to forget all that is going on in the world for just a few hours. As of writing this, enjoying the outdoors is recommended for mental health reasons and still allowed in Arizona.…

  • Exploring Arizona

    Off-Road Trail Schnebly Hill in Sedona Arizona

    Last week we headed for the hills. Literally. We met up with a group of outdoor enthusiasts for a drive to Sedona Arizona. We were planning on running the Broken Arrow Trail. But things do not always go as planned. We ended up on the off-road trail Schnebly hill and was able to earn a Jeep Badge of Honor. Broken Arrow Lives Up To Its Name When we arrived at the Broken Arrow Trail, one of our buddies was starting to have some transmission issues and had to return home. We were with a few other rigs, some built, some stock. Some of us decided to head over to the…

  • Ajax Mine Arizona
    Exploring Arizona

    The Abandoned Ajax Mine – Arizona Ghost Mines

    It seems that we are always up for an adventure. Since we moved here 5 years ago we have made it our mission to explore all the cool wonders of Arizona. We started out with a decent size list of things we wanted to see and we have been checking it off almost every weekend. That includes the abandoned Ajax Mine. Most of our adventures seem to take us on remote backroads. Luckily we have a modestly lifted Jeep / daily driver that can take us pretty much anywhere we want to go, including the abandoned Ajax Mine. Ajax Mine History In its glory days, the Ajax mine was primarily…

  • Canyon State Overland Non Profit

    2019 Off-Road & Camping Expo Video

    If you missed out on the 2019 Off-Road & Camping Expo, well you are in luck. We got you covered. We attended the event for you and created a little video at the bottom with the highlights of the event. There were over 60 Vendors that attended the event. The 2019 Off-Road & Camping Expo included a variety of vendors from Rugged Radios, to 4 Wheel Parts and a great nonprofit called Canyon State Overland. There were games for the kids, an RTI ramp competition for the adults, and lots of toys, gear and equipment for any outdoor adventure you could think of. A little About Canyon State Overland Canyon…

  • Beef & Vegetable Stew One Pot Camp Meal

    Beef & Vegetable Stew One-Pot Camping Recipe

    We love comfort food. I mean really, who doesn’t. On cold raining days when we are up in the mountains camping, nothing hits the spot like this Beef & Vegetable Stew One-Pot Camping Recipe. This recipe is simple to make and easy to customize. See how to make it in the video: Great for gluten-free & dairy-free diets This camping recipe can be adapted for a gluten-free meal and is dairy-free. It is the perfect recipe for those who are on a strict diet, yet want to eat delicious camp food. This stew is easily customizable The Beef & Vegetable Stew One-Pot Camping Meal can easily be customized to fit…