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

Overlooks and Forest: Hiking the Virgin River Rim Trail

In the market for another relatively flat (= less than 1,000 feet in elevation gain) hike, I suggested Tom and I hike one of the prettier sections of the Virgin River Rim Trail… Continue reading

Meadow Magic: Mushrooms, Strawberries, and Brook Trout in the Fishlakes

Terry, who spends a good amount of time camping in the Fishlakes every year, was eager to show us a meadow he’d come upon last year. Unfortunately mid-September snows last fall had closed… Continue reading

Acclimation on the Lower Blowhard Trail

As I mentioned in my last post, I was really excited to do some hiking while we were back in Utah. The only problem was that we’d been doing a lot more time… Continue reading