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

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