Monthly Archives: February 2012

Urban Exploring

I realize not everybody lives in a place where you can hike to the horizons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go exploring! My traveling lifestyle really started in a city, the summer before my senior year of college, when … Continue reading

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Galisteo Love Letter

Not far from my place is a tract of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. BLM land is public land; it belongs to you and me. One eighth of the landmass of the United States is held by … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Birthday Trek: Planning & Permits

Every year for the past five years, I have climbed a mountain on my birthday: 25th- Mary’s Peak in Oregon, 26th- Dragon’s Tooth in Virginia, 27th- the Pedernal in New Mexico, 28th- Grand Central Mountain in New Mexico, 29th- Mount … Continue reading

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Cloud Watching

Yesterday was one of those rare grey days in New Mexico, when the sky is flat and the landscape is dull brown. Without sunshine, everything out there looks dusty and dead. The great thing about grey days is when the … Continue reading

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On Turning 30

Next week, I’ll be turning 30 and I feel fantastic about it. In part, I’m excited because I’ll be celebrating my birthday on a 5-day backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon, but I also truly believe my 20-year old self would … Continue reading

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Into the Ojito Wilderness!

Just when I thought I had hiked most of the major attractions in New Mexico, yesterday, I stumbled into the Ojito Wilderness, a place I hope to return again and again. Before yesterday, I had never heard of Ojito, but … Continue reading

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Tweeting A Top Ten Sunset

Last spring, I moved back to the Earthship after a year away and my return to New Mexico felt like coming home. My footpaths still lay waiting, radiating across the desert and I found many of my landmarks – the collection … Continue reading

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Back to the Turquoise Trail

After a splendid trip East, I’m back in the Land of Enchantment and already discovering new treasure. Out hiking yesterday, I found two big chunks of very blue rock. I’m no expert, but this is turquoise country. I’ll have to … Continue reading

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Spelunking the Sinks of Gandy

Finding the Sinks of Gandy is a little like looking for treasure, except no X marks the spot on any map. To find the caves, spend a morning driving on dirt roads through rural West Virginia, topo map in hand. … Continue reading

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Happy Extraterrestrial Culture Day!

Time to dust off your Roswell Incident conspiracy theories: today is Extraterrestrial Culture Day in New Mexico! Enacted in 2003 by the state legislature, the day is intended to “to celebrate and honor all past, present and future extraterrestrial visitors in ways to … Continue reading

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