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On Giving Thanks…

On Giving Thanks…

As is typical for me, and I assume most people this time of year, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I started thinking about all of the things I have to be thankful for. Research has shown that if we regularly become aware of and express our gratitude for all that we have, we tend to be happier and more contented people. Thus this is a good practice to engage in more than just once a year.... [Read more]

Petroglyphs of Chaco Canyon

Petroglyphs of Chaco Canyon

My two previous posts have discussed our August, 2013 visit to Chaco Canyon, a World Heritage Site in northern New Mexico. This post will discuss some of the images these ancient ancestors of modern Pueblo, Navajo and Hope peoples left behind on the walls and rocks of this ancient village in an attempt to communicate with each other. The spiral, a common petroglyph drawing A self guided trail from... [Read more]

Chaco Canyon’s Main Attraction: Pueblo Bonito

Chaco Canyon’s Main Attraction: Pueblo Bonito

In my previous post, I outlined a recent visit we took (finally!) to visit Chaco Canyon, the center of trade, culture and civilization in the southwest United States during the years of 800-1100. While fascinated with this World Heritage Site, we came away with more questions than answers, such as why the entire population of the community packed up and moved on abruptly after 300 years. This question... [Read more]

The Mysteries of Chaco Canyon

The Mysteries of Chaco Canyon

In the past few posts, I have been outlining some places you may want add to your list of sites to visit next summer when you take to the road again. Chaco Canyon, NM is a place I had wanted to visit since almost the first time I set foot in New Mexico. One thing or another always seemed to get in the way of our making the trip. Our son Ryan’s visit this past August provided just the opportunity... [Read more]

Stepping IntoThe Past

Stepping IntoThe Past

La Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few Northern New Mexican style late Spanish Colonial “great houses” remaining in the southwest.  It was mentioned in a recent post as the location of the annual Old Taos Trade Fair, but even if you are unable to attend the last weekend in September, the Hacienda is worth a visit in its own right. A truly exceptional example of traditional Spanish Colonial... [Read more]

A Glimpse of the Past

A Glimpse of the Past

If you’re anything like me and my family, when the weather cools, kids and teachers are back in school and football is again the sport of choice, your thoughts turn to settling in for winter and making plans for places you want to visit during the next camping season. My next few posts will give you some ideas of some terrific places to put on your agenda for next year. On September 29th, Terry and... [Read more]

A Golden Hike

A Golden Hike

On a recent crisp fall Saturday Terry and I decided to hike up in Angel Fire, NM among the golden aspens. We were not disappointed. With a starting temperature of 37 degrees, the day remained cool, but the plentiful sunshine warmed and delighted us at the same time. Starting out at the Elliott Barker Trailhead, near Angel Fire, we followed the trail as it paralleled highway 64, then hiked up and into... [Read more]

Y’all Come! To The Big Barn Dance!

Y’all Come! To The Big Barn Dance!

Getting ready for the dancers… Every year, the first September weekend after Labor Day means something special to  fans of country music: The Big Barn Dance! For the past 11 years, Michael Hearne, musician and recording artist, organizes a musical extravaganza in northern New Mexico with fifty or so of his closest friends. This past weekend, September 5, 6 and 7th, was no exception. The event... [Read more]

Climbing in Colorado–Part 3: The Descent and a Surprise!

Climbing in Colorado–Part 3: The Descent and a Surprise!

Terry and Ryan enjoyed a cold beverage at the summit. In my last two posts (9/29 and 10/6) I have been describing our summer climb up one of Colorado’s intrepid “14ers”, peaks in excess of 14,000 feet above sea level. We had climbed Mt. Shavano at 14,229 feet and finally reached the summit, then headed down due to storms threatening to move in. The descent felt as endless as the ascent.... [Read more]

Climbing in Colorado–Part 2: The Summit

Climbing in Colorado–Part 2: The Summit

My last post (see 9/29/13) left my husband and me part way up our ascent of one of Colorado’s intrepid 14ers, Mt. Shavano, 14, 229 feet. The climb, only four miles, seemed to last forever! Our son, Ryan, was already awaiting us at the top. As we rounded the last corner of the mountain, we saw ahead of us what looked like a massive pile of rocks. We noted the trail crossed over to it and climbed... [Read more]

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