The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Or, The Golden Age of Ballooning.

I’ve been itching to go to the Balloon Fiesta since Tom told me about it over 3 years ago. I know nothing about ballooning nor have I previously been to a hot air… Continue reading

Lake Peak Loop Trail with a Bonus Side Trip to Spirit Lake

I was eager to return to Lake Peak and to especially complete the loop that I’d been prevented from finishing a few weeks earlier. The fact that the aspens were turning was definitely… Continue reading

The Incredible Ascent of East Pecos Baldy

After hiking Santa Fe Baldy I must admit that my search for the next week’s adventure was based largely on the question of what was the next highest thing I could climb up.… Continue reading

First Tastes of Fall: The Hike Up Santa Fe Baldy

After the previous week’s hike up Lake Peak, I was more than excited to get to the top of some of the other peaks in the Sangre de Christos. Somewhere after hiking Lake… Continue reading

Hiking to Lake Peak

Now that I’ve done some catching up with regards to my work activities with Santa Fe Habitat, I can go back and summarize some of the amazing hikes I’ve done in the Sangre… Continue reading

New Skills and New Tasks: Concrete Finishing and Welding

As I mentioned in my introductory post about my Americorps service with Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, one of the things that interested me about working with this particular affiliate was the opportunity… Continue reading

Adobe Wall Building: A Group Activity

Building with adobe is a tradition in northern New Mexico dating back thousands of years; construction with adobe in brick form as introduced by the Spanish has a lengthy history here too. Composed… Continue reading

Green Building and Solar Panel Installation at Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity

Santa Fe Habitat pretty firmly believes in environmental responsibility, ranging from proper material disposal, watershed protection, and recycling of just about everything (even bent nails!) to building the most energy-efficient house possible. Under… Continue reading

Americorps Service with Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity

As I mentioned a couple posts back, we came to Santa Fe in order to work with the Habitat for Humanity affiliate here. More specifically, for me to serve an 11 month term… Continue reading

Sweeping Vistas from the Hamilton Mesa Trail

For our next hike we somewhat randomly chose the Hamilton Mesa Trail, described as a moderate climb into the Pecos Wilderness that leads to views of the Sangre de Christo Peaks. From the… Continue reading