The Highest Mountain in New Mexico: Hiking Wheeler Peak

Miraculously the mountains still had not had a significant snow by the third week in October. As Callahan and I began to consider the possibilities a local volunteer named John told me he… Continue reading

Wanted: Aspens and High Peaks (The Hike to East Pecos Baldy Saddle)

I don’t recall the exact conversation but as Callahan and I were planning our next hike we both agreed that we needed to see more aspens and to get to the top of… Continue reading

Meanwhile, Elsewhere on the Job Site…

… we were also doing work on Sylvia and Aron’s house – and finishing up the last few things on Carolina’s house during the months of October, November, and December while we were… Continue reading

Building Carla and Amber’s Houses: Layout to Dry In

Starting in October we began framing the first of two houses, Carla’s first and Amber’s second. When we left for Christmas break, Carla’s house had been dried in – meaning sealed from the… Continue reading

Trampas Lakes and an Attempt to Climb Another Peak. And, Abby Saves My Bacon Again.

For my next adventure I’d hoped to combine a trip to the Trampas Lakes with an ascent of Jicarilla Peak, a 12,494-foot elevation prominance north of the lakes. The trail out to the… Continue reading

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