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

On Solitude and Walking in the Woods

True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of one’s most intimate sources.” — Wendell Berry There are… Continue reading

Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf is technically an art collective but it is best known, maybe exclusively known, for the permanent installation House of Eternal Return. Billed as “immersive” and “interactive,” the exhibition is unlike any… Continue reading

A Las Cruces Recess

Seeing as the Santa Fe Habitat construction site would be closed for Thanksgiving break, I decided to use a couple of my vacation days for Tuesday and Wednesday to build with Mesilla Valley… Continue reading

Stroll on the East Fork Trail

By the time we were looking to do our next hike it was the middle of November. Though the day we chose was warm the previous week had not been and there was… Continue reading

Just One More: Lobo Peak via the Italianos Canyon Trail

As the fourth weekend in October rolled around and there still wasn’t any snow, we had the opportunity to hike another peak. With our amazing excursion to Wheeler Peak from the previous week… Continue reading

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