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About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently traveling the backroads from New Mexico to Alaska, writing and living out of a tiny Teardrop camper. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.

EARTH Magazine: A New “Travels in Geology” Collection!

My favorite beat at EARTH magazine has always been the Travels in Geology column. Now EARTH has published a collection of travel pieces that includes six of my Travels in Geology features: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch, Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, … Continue reading

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Climbing Cabezon

On clear days, looking west from the summit of my backyard cliffs, I can just make out what looks like a giant haystack on the horizon. If I were to hike due west from my house, across the Rio Grande … Continue reading

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On the Road, Again: Southern NM & AZ to Joshua Tree!

This winter I’ve mainly been traveling from home, exploring the desert on foot in my big backyard. But for years now, I’ve been saying that I’m due for a winter road trip across southern Arizona, one of my last big blank … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Hike: Tetilla Peak!

Every year for the past seven years, I have climbed a mountain on my birthday. This year I made it up Tetilla Peak, just south of Santa Fe, not once but twice! I’ve been looking at Tetilla for years; it spikes … Continue reading

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Strawbale & Mud Plaster: My Warmest Winter Yet!

The Teardrop is not for overwintering. It’s not so much the cold that would drive me crazy, but the limited daylight hours. Too many five-hour evenings in such a small space aren’t good for the soul. This year, I’m lucky … Continue reading

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Writing on the Wall: Backyard Petroglyphs!

I love petroglyphs. Every time I find rock art, I feel a deeper connection to the rocks, the land and the people who came before me. Such etching is not easy. What calls a person to spend hours chipping away … Continue reading

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The Blonde Coyote in the Guardian: Top Ten Parks in New Mexico!

Hey everybody, my latest state-by-state roundup of the top ten parks for the Guardian just went live! This month I’m featuring my favorite state: New Mexico! I’ve spent more time in the Land of Enchantment in the past five years than … Continue reading

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Ouray Ice Climbing!

A few Januarys ago, my friend Drew called me for tips on planning his cross-country drive from Michigan to California. I gave him a few ideas and then said, “How about you pick me up in Pennsylvania and I’ll copilot?” … Continue reading

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Hiking With Desert Dogs

A few years ago, on a road trip from Montana to Oregon via the Olympic Peninsula, I hiked to Cape Flattery, a wave-crashed cliff on the very northwest tip of the continental U.S. Cape Flattery lies on the edge of … Continue reading

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Crossing Karmic Paths: On the Road to Paonia

A few weeks ago, I took a weekend road trip from New Mexico up to Paonia, Colorado for a one day writing workshop with Craig Childs, one of my favorite authors. The workshop was fantastic and on my way there … Continue reading

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