The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


Gourmet Freeway Camping
August 18, 2010, 5:14 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Friends, Life, Travel | Tags: ,

A few weeks ago my friends and I were itchin to get out of town. One of the girls found a campground in San Diego that had a pool, a jacuzzi and supposedly… it was “right near the beach”. We packed up 4 cars deep and rolled down to the Chula Vista KOA (Kampgrounds of America).

We arrived happy as shit, only to discover that the Chula Vista KOA was like the Motel 6 of campgrounds. They mainly cater to families with RVs and only had 4 tent sites… we took two of them. The campsites looked like an afterthought. They were on the side of the road even before the main office. The craziest part is that we were setting up our tents right along the fence next to the FREEWAY. To make matters worse, the only decent beach was a 30 minute drive away… Oh Well, all we could do was laugh!

There were 10 of us on this trip. The part about this camping mission that made it “gourmet” was our meals. I took the chance to break in the Camping Oven I got for my birthday. Here is the unruley bunch

(left to right in the back row: AC, Toya, Tiffatty, Yassi, Omer, Junebugg & Junko. left to right in the front row: C-Minus, Ani & Rocio. Dogs left to right: Ruby & Olivia)

Here are some things we saw, ate & did

My new over worked great! Thank you so much for hooking it up on my birthday!!! The first dish I cooked in it was some blackbean nachos for our afternoon snack

Of course we needed some adult beverages to keep us warm at night, so we chose these as our poison…

You know we mixed this with some juice and kept it Long Beach drankin Gin & Juice… laid back!

And some Jack & Coke...
Jack & coke is always a nice camping drink

See the freeway in the background? I wasn’t lying… we were right up under that bitch!

This was our janky ass fire pit, it looked like it was gonna fall over at any moment.

For dinner we enjoyed Baked Salmon, BBQ Chicken Legs, Baked Sweet Potato, Green Beans with lemon butter and a salad.

Yassi held it down on the BBQ grill and sported her smoke goggles (for saftey purposes)

Dessert that night was S’mores made with Strawberry marshmallows. It was so good! We went to sleep after that and tried to pretend that the freeway sounded like the ocean.

The next morning we actually went to the dog beach so Olivia & Ruby could play. There was no sun for us to enjoy but we all had fun BSing. After the Dog Beach, we went to Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach to wander around. The sun finally came out and we really enjoyed exploring our surroundings.

For dessert that night I baked some cookies in a muffin tin, when they came hot out the oven I topped them with vanilla ice cream and a splash of some White Russian on top. It was pretty spectacular!

The End.



24 Hours in the Bay
May 26, 2010, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Friends, Life, Travel

I follow @JetBlueCheeps on twitter and from time to time they have some great deals. I got an earrrllly morning phone call from my friend Dinah and answered only because I knew it had to be important. It was! She found a deal to get $9 flights from Long Beach airport to Oakland and back again. A round trip plane trip to the Bay for only $18? We had to take it! The stipulation was that we had to leave the following Tuesday and come back just 24 hours later. Why not! Here are some pics from my little trip with Dinah and Yassi. Thanks to our gracious host Ras Ceylon for the company and accommodations at the Carters.

The best part? I slept the whole plane ride home but apparently my TV didnt work so Jet Blue gave me a $15 credit. The whole round trip only cost me $3!!!



An Escape to Big Bear
February 7, 2010, 6:55 pm
Filed under: Big Bear, Cooking, Friends, Inspiration, Life, Photography, Road Trip, Travel

After working 15 hour days at the Rose Parade floats, I really needed to relax. My friend Abigail found a cabin in Big Bear with a jacuzzi that sleeps 4 quite comfortably for $100/night, we were in! Two days after New Years, we headed up the mountain. On this trip was Abiana Jones, Wyldeflower, Anichiban, O-Twizz and myself. We stopped at a grocery store for supplies and were on our way. We didn’t do much but RE-LAX, enjoy home-cooked meals & play a little outside. Here is my photo essay of the experience…

The End.



Vote to Save the Amazon!
January 22, 2010, 3:04 am
Filed under: Amazon, Health, Life, Peru, Travel

Despite opposition from the local populations and harsh criticism from Brazilian, Bolivian and Peruvian civil societies and the relevant environmental authorities, the company GDF Suez, partially owned by the French government, is heavily involved in the construction of the Jirau hydroelectric dam on the Madeira River. The mammoth Brazilian project will cause devastating problems: several thousand indigenous residents are expected be displaced, and large areas of the forest will be cleared. The river and the developed area will be poisoned with mercury. An increase of species loss of fish and of malaria cases are almost guaranteed. On top of all this, GDF Suez also violates Brazilian and international labor laws. Thanks to ruthless political lobbying, the energy giant has infringed on the current labor law and provided no minimal guarantees on social and environmental issues. Due to all this, GDF Suez has fueled political tensions are between the local peoples and the central government on the one hand, and between affected countries as well.

Click here and vote GDF Suez for the Public Eye Award



HAPPY CAMPERS – NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS!!!

Has the economy got you down? Are you yearning for a vacation but just can’t afford a plane ticket to paradise? Fear not my friend, PARADISE is in our own backyard, explore the great outdoors! Happy Campers is a unique camping tour service. For those that don’t know “how” to camp, we teach you. For those that do, we show you more! Your trip guides are a chef and an archaeologist. Both of us are experienced campers and will show you the ropes on everything from pitching a tent and building a fire to hiking “smart” and getting the most out of your nature experience.

We take groups of 2-12 people on camping trips lasting from 3 days to 2 weeks. Each trip is custom fit to YOUR NEEDS & DESIRES. We can camp on the beach an hour away or at one of our Nation’s beautiful National Parks 5-6 hours away. We tell you what to bring, show you how to set up camp like a pro and even cook gourmet campsite meals for you! Abigail, our resident archaeologist, will teach you about the geography of the area we camp and hike in as well as show you how to keep an eye open for traces of old civilizations. We will also teach you basic survival skills. Don’t worry, this isn’t boot camp, there is plenty of time for relaxing and just enjoying your surroundings.

Trips start as cheap as $50/person. This fee includes all your meals, snacks, firewood and campsite fees for the trip. You bring your tent & sleeping bag and we’ll show you how to use it. Make your reservations now! We will be guiding trips from April to August anywhere within 8 hours driving distance from Southern California. Camping is fun & affordable and there are many BEAUTIFUL places here in the US worth exploring. Come enjoy Nature with us!

Leave a comment with your email address and we will contact you about planning your trip. Gather your family or a group of friends and lets go camping!

Check out some of out past trips:

Zion National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Redwoods National Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Grand Canyon National Park



What’s Going on with the Nazca Lines?
January 19, 2010, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Current Events, Nazca Lines, Peru, Travel

For the past 3 weeks I’ve been getting TONS of hits on my blog daily for people who googled “NAZCA LINES” due to my Christmas Wish List post. The Nazca Lines have graced the arrid desert of Peru for 1000’s of years, why all of a sudden the new interest? I, myself, googled the Nazca Lines and could find no recent news flash about the ancient geogylphs. The most recent news I could find was that there was rain damage to the lines in January 09 but that doesn’t explain the recent interest in the last 3 weeks. If you are reading this because you did a search for “Nazca Lines” please explain why? I’m curious…

I did notice yesterday that they are filming something about Peru in Long Beach… could this be why?

Listen Recovery has done some extensive blogging about the Nazca Lines and Peru. If you want to learn more about their history, check it out!

(click above to visit)



My Christmas Wish List
December 5, 2009, 4:56 am
Filed under: Cooking, DJing, family, Friends, Graphic Design, Life, movies, Peru, Road Trip, Shoes, Travel, Uncategorized, Wish List

Ok so I know I’m going a little bit overboard on this wishlist but I just compiled it as if money was no object to all my friends & family. =)

#1 – Tom Tom GPS with Snoop Dogg voice!!!

Holy Shit, this thing is SO DOPE! Please dear Lord let Snoop Dogg guide my way!

#2 – A Freakin’ BLIMP ride!

So I’m driving around town the other day and I see a huge blimp floating around. It wasn’t the Goodyear Blimp, but it had some writing on it. I couldn’t see what it said so I zoomed in, took a picture and hoped I would be able to zoom in again on my computer to see what it said. I was SO FREAKIN EXCITED when I saw what it said…

I have always wanted to ride in a blimp!!! I even asked my dad about it and he said its almost impossible to get a ride on a blimp. Please Dear Santa, let me get a ride on this blimp! Check out their website Airship Ventures. You can even fly around NAPA WINERIES on this frickin thing! (Disclaimer: I know I used the word FRICKIN and !!! a lot in this one but I was just really excited)

#3 – KitchenAid Mixer

I bought an $80 Sunbeam mixer and blew it up making masa. If you don’t know by now… I cook, like a lot and I need a hardcore mixer. Look how sexy this silver KitchenAid is! I’ve gone to Costco several times just to marvel at its beauty.

#4 Alien Skin Eye Candy

This is some nerd shit but I really want it! Its an Adobe Photoshop plug in that helps to make amazing effects. I got the demo version but it ran out and I just wanna be legit so I can go all out!

#5 – A New Pair of Crocs

I know, I know, they are ugly… maybe even borderline hideous but they are so comfortable. I love to wear them while cooking or around the campsite. The pair I have now have seen some places, but are finally breaking down after a few years of good service to me.

So…Yes, All of those please, size 8 (except for the boots cause they are men’s so size 6). I love them!

#6 – Rane TTM-57SL

I really do need a new mixer, so some one Santa… hook it up!

#7 – A Trip to Peru!

Listen Recovery has extensive posts on their blog about Peru. If you don’t know much about the place, check it out and see how beautiful the country is!

#8 A Verizon Wireless Mobile Modem

I would love to be able to blog and look up info while camping or on the go. Verizon has the best coverage in the US so hopefully I’d be able to get a signal most anywhere.

#9 Rosetta Stone – Spanish (Latin America)

Ok so if I’m gonna go to Peru, I’ll need to speak Spanish…

#10 – MacBook Pro 13-inch

Fully loaded, biggest everything please!

#11 Cinemark Movie Tickets

I’m socially retarded when it comes to movies. People are constantly asking me, “Have you seen that movie” and I’m constantly saying, “No”. I need to catch up on my movie watching folks, so help a sister out and hook up some movie tickets. Cinemark is right down the street.

So there you have it folks, my top 11 Christmas wish items. If I don’t get them though… its cool, I got my family and they are more important to me than than anything else.

Look how cute my mom & dad are! They made their own website just cause!



Zion National Park: Day 1
September 18, 2009, 11:02 pm
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Life, National Parks, Road Trip, Travel, Utah, Zion National Park

Since its almost that time of year again, I thought I’d post up a trip from last October. Zion National Park is an amazing place, add the colors of Fall and it really does feel like heaven on Earth. I’m planning another trip to Zion in the middle of this October 09 and would love company, if you want to come along… let me know!

Zion is part of the “Grand Staircase” which includes the Grand Canyon and Brice Canyon. The Grand Staircase refers to an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretch south from Bryce Canyon National Park through Zion National Park and into the Grand Canyon. In the 1870s, geologist Clarence Dutton first conceptualized this region as a huge stairway ascending out of the bottom of the Grand Canyon northward with the cliff edge of each layer forming giant steps.

Zion is about a 7 hour drive from Long Beach and is about an hour past St. George, Utah. On this trip we left at midnight. Along the way we stopped for breakfast and grocery shopping so we arrived around 10 am. There are two campsites in the park but South Campground doesn’t require reservations. There are no showers in the campground but take a two mile drive into town and there are pay showers available. We set up camp and thought we would sleep for a couple of hours before exploring our surroundings. After about 3 minutes in the tent, we knew it would be impossible to sleep. We were too excited AND tents are like saunas during the day time. It was in the 80’s and the skies were bright blue. It made a beautiful contrast against the beautiful red rocks that make up Zion’s canyon.

the view from our campsite at South Campground

the view from our campsite at South Campground

We got ready and went out to hike and explore.

Junebugg, your favorite happy camper

Junebugg, your favorite happy camper

Zion is open year round but April through October, cars are not allowed to drive to the points of interest. There just isn’t enough room to accommodate all the cars during this busy season so the park offers a wonderful tram service that runs very frequently and stops at every point of interest. The tram is air conditioned, free and offers an audio tour during its route.

the Zion tram system is also powered by natural gas or something like that

the Zion tram system is also powered by natural gas or something like that

Zion rocks!

Zion rocks!

Fall leaves in Zion. This pic was taken along the trail up to Weeping Rock

Fall leaves in Zion. This pic was taken along the trail up to Weeping Rock

Weeping Rock in Zion National Park, 800 year old water filters through drips from the rock. I felt like I was getting blessed by holy water

Weeping Rock in Zion National Park, 800 year old water filters through drips from the rock. I felt like I was getting blessed by holy water

Fall leaves against crisp blue sky

Fall leaves against crisp blue sky

Love is everywhere

Love is everywhere

Fall leaves

Fall leaves

the colors were simply amazing!

the colors were simply amazing!

reds, oranges & yellows against the last of the green

reds, oranges & yellows against the last of the green

Along the hike up the Three Pools... almost to the 3rd pool!

Along the hike up the Three Pools... almost to the 3rd pool!

deer aren't afraid of people & wander comfortably thru the campground

deer aren't afraid of people & wander comfortably thru the campground

Wild Turkey was our poison of the trip... and it was wild!

Wild Turkey was our poison of the trip... and it was wild!

Chicken Curry with boilermakers was a nice way to end the day

Chicken Curry with boilermakers was a nice way to end the day



Zion National Park: Day 2
September 18, 2009, 11:02 pm
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Life, National Parks, Photography, Road Trip, Travel, Zion National Park

We woke up and made some breakfast. Today we planned to take the tram up to the top of the canyon and get off at the last stop, the Temple of Sinawava. We brought water shoes and planned to hike back down towards our campground IN the Virgin River which carved the canyon over millions of years. The water is knee deep or so and I recommend a hiking stick to help balance yourself while walking over smooth and sometimes slippers round rocks that pave the riverbed.

spam & rice was a lovely way to start the day

spam & rice was a lovely way to start the day

honey, ginseng, chai tea for breakfast

honey, ginseng, chai tea for breakfast

the tram route

the tram route

WuTang Rock in Zion National Park hee hee

WuTang Rock in Zion National Park hee hee

We hiked in and along the Virgin River all day

We hiked in and along the Virgin River all day

Zion rock formations

Zion rock formations

Junebugg the happy camper

Junebugg the happy camper

the road is red in Zion because they used rock quarried locally

the road is red in Zion because they used rock quarried locally

a motorcycle tent trailer!

a motorcycle tent trailer!

pasta & Modelo for dinner

pasta & Modelo for dinner

night cap... the Wild Turkey in action!

night cap... the Wild Turkey in action!



Zion National Park: Day 3
September 18, 2009, 11:02 pm
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Life, National Parks, Road Trip, Travel, Zion National Park

On this day, we were going to hike The Narrows! We started off with a hearty breakfast to store a little energy for what was to come.

Hiking breakfast: leftover curry, eggs & turkey bacon

Hiking breakfast: leftover curry, eggs & turkey bacon

Zion Canyon is wide and deep but it comes to a place where the canyon walls rise up over 1000ft vertically. The opposing walls come within 10 or 20 feet of eachother and the Virgin River flows between them. At this point, there is no dry land to walk on, the river flows from wall to wall so hikers walk IN the river. Many people rent waterproof overalls & hiking poles at places like this but you can just wear old tennis shoes with no socks or water shoes. The water isn’t very warm but you get used to it pretty quickly. Along the river there are a few berms of dry land and if you apply for a permit, you can even camp on them. When hiking the Narrows, ALWAYS check with the ranger station about weather conditions. Even if the sky is blue, rain fall 50 miles away can cause flash flooding in the canyon and you risk drowning or being crushed by boulders or tree trunks pushed along in the flood. All the scary shit aside, this is my favorite hike on the planet so far!

almost to the entrance of the Narrows

almost to the entrance of the Narrows

the Virgin River glistening in the sunlight

the Virgin River glistening in the sunlight

it was finally time to step into the water and hike into the Narrows

it was finally time to step into the water and hike into the Narrows

Virgin River

Virgin River

Wall Street in the Zion Narrows

Wall Street in the Zion Narrows

a lonely tree hangs on to life

a lonely tree hangs on to life

Abigail fell in the water so we had to build a fire to dry her pants

Abigail fell in the water so we had to build a fire to dry her pants

we stacked some blessings stones

we stacked some blessings stones

DAMN!!!! Don't feed the squirrels, its serious!

DAMN!!!! Don't feed the squirrels, its serious!

Dinner after a long day of hiking

Dinner after a long day of hiking