Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park protects a unique ecosystem referred to as an Desert Island wherein, due to extreme elevation gain, the environment transforms from high desert all the way to sub-alpine. I had… Continue reading

Tom’s Nephew and Family Come to Visit

Fortunately for us, Tom’s nephew’s family vacation was scheduled to pass through our part of southwest Utah, and so after they spent a few days at Zion they headed north to stay with… Continue reading

Lower Blowhard Trail to Crystal Springs and Potato Hollow

The lower section of the Blowhard Trail is the one major trail I’ve been meaning to hike for the past year. Beginning in the gorge and following the border of the Ashdown Wilderness,… Continue reading

Discovery of a Basalt Gorge along Mammoth Creek

Returning to Utah the first week in June from our trip in New Mexico I thought the high country would be snow free. I was not correct. And so my plan of hiking… Continue reading

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument showcases some of the finest masonry of any Ancestral Puebloan sites, in particular the Square Tower Group, Hovenweep Castle, and other dwellings and structures of Little Ruin Canyon. These structures… Continue reading

Exploring Carson National Forest and a Visit to Earthship Biotecture

Hiking in Carson National Forest and seeing the mountains around Taos had been on my list for some time; I had in fact intended to go in December but that didn’t quite work… Continue reading

Sort of a Canyon Exploration in the San Ysidro Trials Area

The canyon in the San Ysidro Trials Area was one of those places we just happened to discover on our way through the area. Looking for a short hike-slash-dogwalk I Googled our approximate… Continue reading

East Fork Trail and Santa Fe National Forest

I was very excited to spend a couple days hiking in the Santa Fe National Forest though we didn’t have any specific hiking agendas. I had been craving mountain hiking but when we… Continue reading

Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity

Our experience building in Santa Fe was truly wonderful. Working alongside multiple homeowners, a core group of dedicated and knowledgeable local volunteers, fellow Care-a-Vanners, and the amazing crew at Santa Fe Habitat was… Continue reading

Ancestral Puebloan Ruins of Mule Canyon and Butler Wash

The areas in and around Mule Canyon house a treasure trove of Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, pit houses, and granaries. The most famous of these, House on Fire, is a often-photographed single room… Continue reading