Return to Picacho Peak State Park

Our next adventure came at the end of December after the site shut down for the holidays. Leaving Las Cruces for a couple weeks, our plan was to head straight to California to… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Trip to the Sierra Blancas

With a long weekend off for Thanksgiving Tom and I drove up to Ruidoso in the Sierra Blanca Mountains for our tree fix. Unlike the rugged and dry Organ Mountains that border Las… Continue reading

On Change, in Life and Blogging

I’m sure you all have noticed that I’ve been largely absent from blogging for awhile and have fallen almost 12 months behind in reporting what I’ve been up to. The main reason for… Continue reading

Sampling the San Juan Mountains

Between our visit with Nancy’s family and our arrival in Las Cruces we had three days in which to get a taste of the San Juan Mountains. Because we wanted to see as… Continue reading

The Mount Evans Scenic Byway and a Hike Up Mount Spaulding

As lovely as the other hikes and outdoor explorations we did during our visit, the drive up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway and subsequent hike up Mount Spaulding were hands-down the most beautiful.… Continue reading

A Tale of Two Hikes: Upper Boulder Lake and Mount Sanitas Trails

One of the best things about the mountain ranges in states such as Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Arizona is the rapid changes in elevation that allow you to experience multiple ecosystems… Continue reading

Family Visits in Colorado: Hiking, Leaf-Peeping, and Elk

Leaving the Black Hills at the end of the first week of September we made a beeline directly to Tom’s niece Nancy and husband Tim’s new house in Colorado. Located in the small… Continue reading

South Dakota High Point: Hiking Black Elk Peak

Our last day in South Dakota was spent hiking Black Elk Peak, the highest point of South Dakota at 7,244 ft. The hike was beautiful, but also way more popular than I’d anticipated;… Continue reading

Scenic Drives in the Black Hills and the Buffalo and Burros of the Wildlife Loop

This post combines the driving routes of our first 2 days staying near Custer, including the Needles Highway from the first day and the Iron Mountain and Wildlife Loop Roads from our second… Continue reading

Custer State Park, Part 2: Cathedral Spires Trail

Leaving Sylvan Lake we returned to the Needles Highway, ascending further into the rocky peaks to the southeast. After we wound our way up and through the narrow tunnels – which I’ll write… Continue reading