Tag Archive: New Mexico

Canyon Explorations in the Organs

In February and March I took 2 more exploratory hikes in the canyons of the west side of the Organs, following social trails in order to find a route into the canyons and… Continue reading

Anniversary Day Trip to the Gila Mountains

In February Tom and I celebrated 4 years together and I (of course) wanted to spend the day in the mountains. Since the Sierra Blancas had been getting a lot of snow we… Continue reading

The Hike That Almost Killed the Dog

Once back in Cruces I was working quite a bit. Still, I regularly got out one day a week to hike for at least a few hours – though it was usually a… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Trip to the Sierra Blancas

With a long weekend off for Thanksgiving Tom and I drove up to Ruidoso in the Sierra Blanca Mountains for our tree fix. Unlike the rugged and dry Organ Mountains that border Las… Continue reading

Finishing Touches: So Long (for now) Las Cruces

As I write this on one of the first days of May, the 5 houses that were worked on in Las Cruces have been finished, dedicated, and are occupied. But I haven’t quite… Continue reading

Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Ever hear of Prehistoric Trackways National Monument? No? Me neither until pretty recently. The undeveloped monument is basically a chunk of protected land in the Robledo Mountains northwest of Las Cruces that so… Continue reading

On Community and Teamwork and Being One of Many

As I’ve been thinking about all the cooperative efforts that have gone into building all of the Habitat homes I’ve worked on, the phrase, “It takes a village” keeps popping into my head.… Continue reading

Snapshots of the Everyday

My blog posts tend to be centered on hikes or on summarizing activities, such as building houses somewhere or a visiting a particular area, but there’s a whole lot of everyday life that… Continue reading

A Couple Hikes in Achenbach Canyon

The Achenbach Canyon trailhead was a new discovery for me in the Las Cruces area. For whatever reason I never saw descriptions of the canyon before when I was looking for potential hikes… Continue reading

Really, Really, Really Need to Start Reading Trail Descriptions: Black Range Crest Trail, Gila National Forest

After weeks in the desert I was in serious need of trees and mountains. So on a whim – as in, the morning of – I decided to hike in the Gila National… Continue reading