Taste Test Videos

Kickin Cactus Bowl is a tasty Southwest rice bowl made with Nopal Cactus which is a desert vegetable that grows in the southwest and throughout Mexico.  Official Meal of the Arizona Trail Association % of each purchase goes to the ATA.

Beef Stroganoff with a light cream and mushroom sauce. Instead of freeze-dried tasteless meat, you get a packet of beef jerky that softens and tastes better than freeze-dried meats.

Sasquatch Fuel nailed their Spaghetti & Meatsauce with a tasty red sauce and the packet of meat. Instead of freeze-dried tasteless meat, you get a packet of beef jerky that softens and tastes better than freeze-dried meats often do.

Handmade pasta with a Bolognese sauce that had grass fed ground beef was quite a treat on a 18 mile trip through the Superstition Wilderness area with 3 of my friends.

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The Sweet Potato Hash was a delicious treat for lunch on our hike through the Rincon Wilderness Area.

This authentic Mexican Rice and Beans is a great meal when the weather is hot or cold. It even comes with it's own salsa, and dried cilantro.

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After a fun 3 mile hike on the Arizona Trail, we set up camp at the bottom of a wash, and sat down to try a Risotto Primavera by Backpacker's Bistro. 

Looking for free camping near payson. We found three areas near Payson AZ that are accessible with RV's, cars and trucks. Things to do in the area include hiking, fishing, mountain biking, hunting and more. These areas are close to the Highline trail, Arizona trail, a cave (see episode 6), Tonto Natural Bridge, Payson, and Pine.

We explored an awesome little cave at Preacher Canyon just outside of Payson AZ and reviewed Yumbutter's Cashew butter. Watch the full video for our thoughts on the Cashew butter. To get to the cave make sure you bring a GPS because there are no signs to the cave. We used an iphone with the Gaia GPS app for this trip. There are other websites that claim they have the coordinates but we couldn't get them to work. We used the link below. Bring gloves, flashlights and probably a jacket for the cave.

We enjoyed an easy backpacking trip starting from the Pine Trailhead in Pine AZ and hiked along the Highline trail which is also part of the Arizona Trail. For dinner, we reviewed Good to Go Pad Tai and here are our thoughts.

We hiked Woodchute Mtn between Prescott and Jerome AZ and reviewed Trailtopia's Beer Braised Chicken Stew and Gluten-Free Peach Blueberry Crisp Dessert.