Big Bend Ranch State Park

Our second and fourth days staying near Big Bend we headed to the state park, located to the west. I was armed with a list of potential trails but the threat of rain… Continue reading

A Short Foray Into Big Bend National Park

Our final destination on our winter break trip was Big Bend. Up until now we’d been avoiding the national park because it’s not Abby-friendly, but our friend Lee had recently told us about… Continue reading

Crowds and Solitude: Winter Trip from the San Antonio Riverwalk to Padre Island National Seashore

Picking up the jacks and rolling out of Las Cruces for a couple weeks at Christmas was a much-needed break. We’d decided to head south and east to warmer parts of Texas but… Continue reading

It Snowed: The Discovery of Old-Growth in the Sacramento Mountains

The arrival of Care-a-vanner and friend Gail in Las Cruces meant There’d Be Hiking. Eager to further explore the Sacramento Mountains and check out potential snowfall led us to explore a section of… Continue reading

The Solitude Sundays Series: Abby and I Take on the Sacramento Mountains

With additional responsibilities at my job this year it became more difficult to for me to avoid working on Mondays, so Sundays became my solitude day, the day when I could ensure there’d… Continue reading

Fall is for Framing

Starting in October we officially restarted building at Mesilla Valley Habitat. It (still) feels a little odd to be blogging about my job as opposed to my experiences traveling or volunteering but it… Continue reading

Monjeau Lookout Tower and a Little More Fall Foliage

October was a bit crazy. A whole slew of things didn’t quite go according to plan at first and I found myself busier than usual and thus quite tired when the first weekend… Continue reading

Big Trees and Mushrooms: The Hunt for Fall

By the third weekend in September I was so ready for autumn. Though it was thankfully down into the mid- to low-90s in Las Cruces I was really craving temperatures in the 60s,… Continue reading

Working by Weekday and Getting Away by Weekend

Before I knew it September had rolled around and we had returned to Las Cruces so I could start preparation for the build season. The (nearly) 4 months traveling was refreshing but I… Continue reading

Snowshoe Regret: The Visit to St. Mary’s Glacier

Our last outing in Colorado was a brief one: a few days prior to our departure from Nancy and Tim’s Tom and I decided to get out for the morning and take a… Continue reading