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

The PUP Chronicles, Part 1: We Decide to Go Camping

“I wish we could spend the whole weekend here,” I sighed, guiding the truck slowly down the steep, tight switchbacks of dirt in low gear. Moments before I’d been concentrating on muscling our… Continue reading

A Blue Morning

With all construction activity ordered to cease by Habitat for Humanity, I temporarily found myself with a much more flexible work schedule. In the second week of April or so our affiliate began… Continue reading

The Solitude Sunday Series, Part 2: Winter to Spring

Beginning sometime in February, Abbs and I were once again on our own for our Sunday hikes. As I mentioned in the first blog post in the solitude series, spending my Sundays with… Continue reading

Takin’ It Easy

Late January and February were pretty tough for me for a bunch of reasons so rather than huffing it up and down the mountains and further exhausting myself Abbs and I spent a… Continue reading

Wishing I’d Brought the Snowshoes

By the end of January we hadn’t had any snowfall in southern New Mexico for a few weeks and it was beginning to look like my dreams of snowshoeing wouldn’t be coming true… Continue reading

In Search of Snow: More Hiking in the Canyons of the Sacramento Mountains

Gail and I did two more hikes in the Sacramento Mountains during her stay in New Mexico, one in December before Christmas break and the second in mid-January. The first, a 10 mile… Continue reading

Fire Tower Excursions: Signal Peak

A few days following our return to work after winter break we had some snow in the desert of Las Cruces, which boded very well for significant accumulation in the mountains. Except that… Continue reading

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Our second and fourth days staying near Big Bend we headed to the state park, located to the west. I was armed with a list of potential trails but the threat of rain… Continue reading

A Short Foray Into Big Bend National Park

Our final destination on our winter break trip was Big Bend. Up until now we’d been avoiding the national park because it’s not Abby-friendly, but our friend Lee had recently told us about… Continue reading