Category Archives: Photography

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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