Revelations

I had planned this hike through an unexplored section of the Sierra Blancas some time ago, eagerly looking forward to traversing the high peaks. Yet as my month vacation in the mountains dwindled… Continue reading

A Canyon Saunter: Little Bonito with Tom and Abbs

Our next hike as a threesome was a jaunt up to the Crest Trail via the most popular of the routes, Big Bonito to Little Bonito Canyons. Because of the temperatures and some… Continue reading

Choose Your Own Path: A Hike to Buck Mountain

Buck Mountain is probably best known in the area as the peak with all the communication towers, a secondary or tertiary high point in a cluster of peaks near the mother of Sierra… Continue reading

The First of Many

This post chronicles the second of many loops incorporating Argentina and/or Turkey Canyons, my two favorite access points to the Crest Trail tracking the north-south ridge line along the Sierra Blancas. Our first… Continue reading

Monsoon Green in the Sierra Blancas

The morning after the fifth (and last!) house was issued a certificate of occupancy we lifted the jacks on the RV and rolled up the mountain to Ruidoso for the month of August.… Continue reading

The PUP Chronicles, Part 5: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But You’ll Get What You Need

The last installment of the PUP Chronicles (at least for 2020) is a compilation of 4 weekends spent in the Sacramento Mountains south of the town of Cloudcroft. I had multiple exploratory adventures… Continue reading

A Rainy Day Hike, Courtesy of 5 Coyotes

There was more camping in the PUP that occurred before and after the hike this post describes but in early July Abby had a coyote incident. That is on a predawn walk with… Continue reading

The PUP Chronicles, Part 4: Elements of Surprise

Our next weekend excursion with the pop-up (PUP) took us back to Gila National Forest in a quest to further explore the lower elevations of the western Mogollon Range. We were not quite… Continue reading

The PUP Chronicles, Part 3: Charred Hopes and Ponderosa Dreams

Over the next few months we spent 4 weekends in the Greater Ruidoso area, most of them camped out on the Fort Stanton mesa. Though there is little shade there versus the forested… Continue reading

The PUP Chronicles, Part 2: Dark But Not-So-Silent Nights

Our second adventure with the pop-up camper (PUP) was a 3 day affair in the northwestern section of Gila National Forest. At more than 4 hours drive time from Las Cruces this area… Continue reading