Monthly Archives: March 2012

One Fine Day, Two Hikes: Pecos Mountains & Cerrillos Desert

Days don’t get better than today. I’m a bit sun stroked, but I spent all day long outside on one of the most gorgeous days I’ve ever seen in New Mexico, and that’s a high bar. This morning, I met … Continue reading

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Writing on the Wall: Navajoland

When I’m traveling, I always keep an eye out for great graffiti. The writing on the walls says a lot about a place and its people. I first saw this baby head wall art months ago in Flagstaff, Arizona. Then … Continue reading

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Teardrop Dreams

On Saturday, I saw something so cool, I’ve been fantasizing about it ever since: a teardrop travel trailer! The front has a queen-sized sleeping compartment and the back is kitchen/ galley/ storage space! With the right building materials, Teardrops are … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Day 5- Bright Angel Snowstorm!

Last September, I visited the Grand Canyon for the second time in my life and a wintertime postcard in the North Rim gift shop convinced me I needed to see the Canyon in the snow. On the fifth and last day … Continue reading

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Quoth the Microraptor, Nevermore

Hey everybody! I’ll have the next Grand Canyon post up tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you’re curious about my science writing, my latest story for EARTH magazine just went live: Quoth the Microraptor, Nevermore Enjoy! M

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Grand Canyon: Day 4- Plateau Point

After three sunny, dreamy days in the Threshold Zone of the Grand Canyon, on Day 4 we hiked into the Corridor Zone and saw the first sign of civilization since leaving the rim: Crossing the Tonto Platform, we had gone … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Day 3- Tonto Bench & the Weight of Water

After a day spent detouring down to the shores of the Colorado, on Day 3, we had a long hike back up and across the Tonto Bench to our next campsite at Horn Creek. The Tonto Bench is a wide, … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Day 2- Monument Creek to the Colorado River

Every year for the past five years, I have climbed a mountain on my birthday. This year,  I tackled the inverted mountain that is the Grand Canyon, where 5,000 vertical feet separate the rim from the river. I arrived at … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Birthday Trek: Day 1- Hermit Trail

The Seven Wonders of the Natural World – the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Mount Everest, the Aurora, Paricutin Volcano and Victoria Falls – are not ranked in any particular order, but after … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Birthday Trek: A Preview

Hey everybody! I’m back in New Mexico after a truly epic birthday at the Grand Canyon. Spending five days on foot in that place was extraordinary and I will spend the rest of my life searching for worthy words to … Continue reading

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