A Stormy Hike Up Elden Mountain and a Mini Brewery Tour of Flagstaff

We’d already been snowed and hailed upon staying in Alpine at 8,000 feet but with the immediate and mid-range forecast further deteriorating we decided we needed to decamp. The problem was that the… Continue reading

The Magic of the Thompson Trail

The Thomspon Trail was really one of the prettiest trails we’d hiked in long time and I was admittedly giddy for most of our walk. There are few areas of the Apache-Sitgreaves National… Continue reading

Hiking Escudilla Mountain and a Bonus Lake Stop

On our first full day in the White Mountains we set off north to the Escudilla National Recreation Trail, one of the two routes ascending Escudilla Mountain, the third highest peak in Arizona.… Continue reading

Let the Hiking Season Begin!

After the completion of the houses I stuck around Las Cruces for a bit in order to prepare for the following build season but by the beginning of the second week in May… Continue reading

Drywall to Final Punch List: The Second Half of the Build Season in Las Cruces

Following the end of framing, the remainder of the winter and the beginning of spring seemed to fly by as we moved from drywall into trim work on the 5 houses. I was… Continue reading

Another Mountain Weekend: Lake Mescalero, Hiking the Argentina Peak Loop, and Sunspot Highway

Before leaving Las Cruces for the summer we spent one more weekend up in the Sierra Blanca Mountains in search of some big trees, hiking, and cooler temperatures. Wanting to explore somewhere different… Continue reading

The Usual: Photo Roundup of Hikes in the Mesilla Valley

Seeing as we were working in Las Cruces for 7½ months I took probably a dozen half-day or longer repeat hikes (or variations of previous hikes) in the Organ, Robeldo, and Las Uvas… Continue reading

Black Crest Range Trail to Hillsboro Peak

The segment of the Black Crest Range Trail to Hillsboro Peak was one I’d attempted to hike in 2018 but as you may or may not recall, I ended up going the wrong… Continue reading

Gail and I Take on the Florida Mountains

I had been meaning to hike in the Florida Mountains for the last 2 years but I just hadn’t gotten there before this past February when Care-a-vanner and hiking partner Gail was looking… Continue reading

Canyon Explorations in the Organs

In February and March I took 2 more exploratory hikes in the canyons of the west side of the Organs, following social trails in order to find a route into the canyons and… Continue reading