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Diane Berry
A native of the Midwest, Diane Berry moved to New Mexico 2 years ago after counseling clients for many years. Now teaching college psychology, she and her family escape to the open road as often as possible. An avid hiker, Diane also enjoys freelance writing. Visit her at bluewaterspublications.com/blog

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The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

Another event to put on your calendar for next year is the 40th Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival. An annual ten day event, the festival is widely anticipated by artists and art enthusiasts alike. Art lovers have a chance to buy work from a talented array of 250 artists, some of whom may not yet be “discovered.” The event is put on each year by an all volunteer board who do it part time just for the... [Read more]

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Avid Outdoorsperson in Your Life

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Avid Outdoorsperson in Your Life

As some of you know, every December I follow up my St. Nick Stocking Stuffer ideas of inexpensive gifts for the outdoor lover with a post about Christmas gift ideas. The time has come, so here are my suggestions for your outdoors-lovers: 1)      The High Gear Altimeter/Barometer/Compass. As someone who routinely hikes at elevation, I find an altimeter invaluable when engaging in outdoor recreation,... [Read more]

Gavilan Canyon: Canyon of the Hawk

Gavilan Canyon: Canyon of the Hawk

Just before the first snows fell in Taos County, NM, Terry and I were in the mood for a new trail for our typical Saturday morning hike. One of the few local trails we had not tried was Gavilan Trail in Hondo Canyon on the way to the Taos Ski Valley. We had avoided that trail upon the advice of a fellow hiker who had quipped, “I call that fall on your butt trail,” and went on to describe how steep... [Read more]

It’s St. Nick Time Again!

It’s St. Nick Time Again!

Well, it’s that time of year again: time for all good parents and partners to think about St. Nick surprises for camping and RVing friends and family members. Here are a few neat ideas for stocking stuffers this year to get you jump-started on your shopping. Remember, according to tradition, at least in the Midwest from where I hail, St. Nick comes the night of December 5th and leaves his goodies... [Read more]

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]

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