Category Archive: New Mexico

Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Ever hear of Prehistoric Trackways National Monument? No? Me neither until pretty recently. The undeveloped monument is basically a chunk of protected land in the Robledo Mountains northwest of Las Cruces that so… Continue reading

On Community and Teamwork and Being One of Many

As I’ve been thinking about all the cooperative efforts that have gone into building all of the Habitat homes I’ve worked on, the phrase, “It takes a village” keeps popping into my head.… Continue reading

Snapshots of the Everyday

My blog posts tend to be centered on hikes or on summarizing activities, such as building houses somewhere or a visiting a particular area, but there’s a whole lot of everyday life that… Continue reading

A Couple Hikes in Achenbach Canyon

The Achenbach Canyon trailhead was a new discovery for me in the Las Cruces area. For whatever reason I never saw descriptions of the canyon before when I was looking for potential hikes… Continue reading

Really, Really, Really Need to Start Reading Trail Descriptions: Black Range Crest Trail, Gila National Forest

After weeks in the desert I was in serious need of trees and mountains. So on a whim – as in, the morning of – I decided to hike in the Gila National… Continue reading

Let the Tiling Begin!

Once we’d finished shingling the 4th roof we were asked to move to tiling so that trim work could begin as soon as the sheetrock crews were finished. Tiling happens to be my… Continue reading

Always Taking the Hard Way: Sierra Vista Trail to Pyramid Peak

I have a history of taking the most difficult route. My friend Terry in Utah also afflicted with this syndrome and the two of us have frequently joked that we really need to… Continue reading

New-ish Scrambles Around Soledad Canyon, and Abby Asserts Her Independence

On one of our first weekends, Abbs and I went to do some scrambling in the Organ Mountains. Seeing as we’ve hiked all the official trails in the mountain range numerous times (except… Continue reading

January at Mesilla Valley Habitat: Sheetrock and Shingles and Blocking and Baking.

Our return to build at Mesilla Valley Habitat coincided with quite a bit of shingling needing to be done – not to mention a whole lotta sheetrock. When we’d come down over Thanksgiving… Continue reading

Moving On: Return to Las Cruces and a Few Days of Hiking

We left Santa Fe just after New Years Day, arriving the same afternoon in Las Cruces where we set up for a 3+ month stay with Mesilla Valley Habitat. Our appearance was a… Continue reading