Monthly Archives: July 2011

My Billy the Kid Connection

Both sides of my parents’ families have deep roots in Virginia and West Virginia, but even though New Mexico is far-flung from the Appalachians, I’m not the first Morton to land in the Land of Enchantment. Two generations ago, my … Continue reading

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Travels With Bowie & D.O.G.: Great Lakes

In the past six years, my dogs and I have seen a lot of this country. I take a lot of photos when I travel and my favorites are usually the shots with my border collie mixes Bowie and Dio … Continue reading

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My All-time Top 5 Favorite Hikes

I’ve been a hiker all my life and have seen a lot of the world on my own two feet. So far I’ve been hiking in 49 states, with only Alaska yet to go. When people ask me for my … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Machu Picchu!

A century ago today, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was redicovered by Yale University historian Hiram Bingham. Before then, the 15th-century mountain top city was not totally unknown: Bingham was led to the site by an 11 year old … Continue reading

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Cowboy Polo!

It’s Day of the Cowboy here in New Mexico and what better way to celebrate than a game of cowboy polo! Sponsored in the U.S. Senate in 2005 and 2006 by Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas, the National Day of the … Continue reading

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Rattlesnake vs. D.O.G.

This morning my puppy Dio was bitten by a rattlesnake. I’ve been dreading this possibility since I decided to spend the summer in New Mexico, and now that it’s happened, I’m so relieved. Dio is going to be fine. After … Continue reading

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Travels With Bowie & D.O.G.: Fall Dogs

In the past six years, my dogs and I have seen a lot of this country. I take a lot of photos when I travel and my favorites are usually the shots with my border collie mixes Bowie and Dio … Continue reading

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Now & Then

This summer I am living in Cerrillos, New Mexico, caretaking a place called the Garden of the Gods. The name is not hyperbole; this place is a geologic wonder. Massive 40-foot high fins of Dakota Sandstone cut through the property, … Continue reading

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I ♥ Colorado

Due to severe fire danger, almost of New Mexico is currently closed to hiking and camping. Lucky for me, I can still take my daily hikes on private land around Cerrillos, but for serious weekend miles, I’ve been heading to … Continue reading

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Gone Backpacking

Hey everybody! Right now I’m a day’s hike deep into Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness! The May 2011 issue of BackpackerĀ lists this hike as one of the most remote wilderness trails in the lower-48 states. Granted we’re only doing a 3-day out … Continue reading

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