New Skills and New Tasks: Concrete Finishing and Welding

As I mentioned in my introductory post about my Americorps service with Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, one of the things that interested me about working with this particular affiliate was the opportunity… Continue reading

Adobe Wall Building: A Group Activity

Building with adobe is a tradition in northern New Mexico dating back thousands of years; construction with adobe in brick form as introduced by the Spanish has a lengthy history here too. Composed… Continue reading

Green Building and Solar Panel Installation at Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity

Santa Fe Habitat pretty firmly believes in environmental responsibility, ranging from proper material disposal, watershed protection, and recycling of just about everything (even bent nails!) to building the most energy-efficient house possible. Under… Continue reading

Americorps Service with Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity

As I mentioned a couple posts back, we came to Santa Fe in order to work with the Habitat for Humanity affiliate here. More specifically, for me to serve an 11 month term… Continue reading

Sweeping Vistas from the Hamilton Mesa Trail

For our next hike we somewhat randomly chose the Hamilton Mesa Trail, described as a moderate climb into the Pecos Wilderness that leads to views of the Sangre de Christo Peaks. From the… Continue reading

A Couple Short Hikes in Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve

I’ve been busier than usual recently and haven’t spent any time blogging so I have a lot to catch up on. I left off with our final hike in Utah in the third… Continue reading

Trying to Climb to the Top of Things: Another Run up the Whipple Trail

I have mentioned this a few times before, most recently in my previous post about hiking the Skyline Trail, but I have an innate need of some sort to climb to the top… Continue reading

A Second Attempt at the Skyline Trail

The 8.3 mile one way (16.6 mile round trip) Skyline Trail was one I partially did in September 2015. Due to a combination of factors I was unable to do the whole 16… Continue reading

Hitting Up My Favorite Hike in Utah

Ashdown Gorge is my favorite hike in Utah. It also happens to be Tom and Terry’s favorite and was thus on our must-do list while we were visiting. Though we were eager to… Continue reading

A Stormy Hike in the Twisted Forest Followed by Brews and Blues at Brianhead Ski Resort

I admit to being a bit bummed that we’d be missing the Oktoberfest at Brianhead this year so I was excited when our friend Lori told us that our time in Utah would… Continue reading