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Guest Post: Adventures on the Mount Whitney Trail, California

This is why we crawl out of our warm sleeping bags at 3 a.m. It’s to watch the sun rising above the trees in our dark camp ground. As we quickly enjoy our morning coffee in the dark, head lamps on our heads, this is why we brace ourselves against the chilly wind (even in late July!)

The coffee and the deserted forest sunrise felt hours ago as I had been hiking slowly and steadily uphill since just after dawn. I was already feeling the steady incline and this was just the first few miles! As my calves started to hurt and my head ached just a little, a sign of the super high altitude, I thought to myself, why am I doing this? Why am I forcing my body up another mountain?

Then I had mornings like this one; crossing creek after creek across slippery moss covered rocks and logs. I felt like giving up when like a scene out of a movie, so completely unreal, I realized there was an older baby deer in the middle of the trail just in front of me!

Standing in the middle of the single track trail, I was amazed as the fawn began to walk towards me.

The fawn up close and personal..

The fawn up close and personal..


As I was slowly reaching out for my cell phone, there was a rustle from the bushes. I’m sure it was mom saying –

“Hey Dumb Dumb! Don’t talk to people!”

The little deer calmly sauntered to the side of the trail, still chewing on grasses and looked at me very curiously. He was so gorgeous and young enough to still have the spotting on his rear end but almost old enough to leave moms side soon.

This is why we do this; why we crawl up hillsides on our hands and knees sometimes.

It’s for views like this.

That's beautiful isn't it?

That’s beautiful isn’t it?


Oh and also because we really like to gorge ourselves on camp food with no ( okay maybe a little) guilt.

I was making dinner for a friend last summer who requested stuffed peppers. He had nothing in his kitchen as he just moved to this area. So I was trying to decide what I could make for dinner with just the most basic kitchen ingredients. This recipe was born. Making these great, easy stuffed peppers over a camp fire tastes even better!

Are you ready for some lovely camp food?

Are you ready for some lovely camp food?


These turned out surprisingly amazing for just throwing them together.

Camp Fire Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

3 large bell peppers

1 package ground turkey

1 package Sloppy Joe seasoning

1 package precooked brown rice

1 can tomato paste

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Aluminum foil

Wrap the bell peppers in the foil. Put on the camp fire just at the edge for twenty minutes until the peppers are roasted. You may want to turn them a few times so they roast evenly.

Camp Fire Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

Camp Fire Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers


Remove them from the heat, take off the foil carefully and cool them until you can handle them.

When cool enough, cut off the tops and place up right on the foil.

While the peppers are roasting on the fire on your camp stove, brown the turkey and add the tomatoes, the cooked rice and the Sloppy Joe seasoning. When the peppers are cool slightly stuff them with the turkey mess, putting the cheese on top. Re-wrap in foil and place them back on the edge of the camp fire for twelve minutes.

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Hi! I’m Amber and I blog over at I love to share my adventures in travel, trail running and the great outdoors in general. Whether I am camping or fishing or just taking my dogs for an early morning forest hike, crazy things seem to happen to me and I love to write about all my mountain adventures above six thousand feet. In the last two years, I have been trying to transform myself into an athlete and trail runner and turn my diet into one that’s extremely healthy. ( but without giving up my one true love, cheese!)

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – August – My post no 6 for this month.

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1 Comment

  1. Argh! Those stuffed peppers look so good! And I just came back from vacation where there was a campfire every night. I wonder if the city of Chicago would frown on a bonfire near the lake…

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