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The Return to Yerba Canyon

The Return to Yerba Canyon

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We finally made it! After hiking the first 45” of the Yerba Canyon Trail on July 4th before heading to the Arroyo Seco Parade, Terry and I had been looking for an opportunity to return to follow the trail to the top of the canyon and perhaps to Lobo Peak. We returned on a recent […]

July 4th: Appreciating the Unspoiled Beauty of Our Country

July 4th: Appreciating the Unspoiled Beauty of Our Country

August 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year on July 4th, Terry and I were living half a country apart. I had made the move to New Mexico in May; he had moved me out, then returned to Wisconsin to finish up a few weeks of work and time up loose ends before jointing me in Taos on July 7th.  Neither […]

We Did It!

We Did It!

August 25, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

We actually did it—ran up a mountain and back down. Well, to be quite honest, we hiked up, not ran, but we did run most of the way down. A few weeks back I wrote a post about Taos Ski Valley’s annual Up and Over 10K Run, in which participants run up a mountain for […]

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

August 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Recent media reports detail numerous human encounters with black bears. In most instances the bears became food-conditioned, lost their natural fear of humans, and become a threat as they roamed in search of an easy meal. These bear was either relocated or euthanized by rangers because they posed an obvious human safety risk to campers. […]

To Summit Lobo Peak

To Summit Lobo Peak

August 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

As of my last post, Terry and I had hiked the Italianos Canyon Trail off of Ski Valley Road near Taos, NM. However, due to an early afternoon thunderstorm, common in New Mexico during monsoon season which comprises much of the month of July bringing some much needed rainfall, we were unable to continue on […]

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 2

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 2

August 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In my last post (August 4th) I sharing a hike Terry and I had taken up Italianos Canyon in the Taos Ski Valley, NM. After the first mile, we reached a lovely aspen grove. Shortly thereafter, at about the two mile point, we encountered a series of four beautiful meadows that would also make delightful […]

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 1

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 1

August 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Last weekend, in the mood for a trail we had not hiked before, Terry and I chose one of the many trails off of Highway 150, better known as The Ski Valley Road, for our weekly hike, the Italianos Canyon Trail. We had toyed with the idea of hiking this trail before, but some of […]

Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies

Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies

July 28, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

On a recent hike in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, we were taken with the spectacular wildflowers blooming along our trail. We observed more varieties than we could count, bloom on top of bloom, and photographed the most prevalent varieties. As we were hiking in northern New Mexico, we were encountering wildflowers that […]

Mount Washington Traffic Increasing

Mount Washington Traffic Increasing

July 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

New Hampshire’s Mount Washington has the reputation of being “Home of the world’s worst weather”. Severe storms, including snow, can happen at any time of the year. The combination of severe winds, cold, and wetness can exhaust the strongest hiker. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire—and in the […]

Run UP a Mountain? Maybe…

Run UP a Mountain? Maybe…

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Every year since 2008, the Taos Ski Valley has scheduled an event that nearly defies logic. Held last year in association with their Oktoberfest Celebration on September 15th, the Taos Ski Valley Up and Over 10K Trail Run is just as it sounds. Participants run up and over one of the ski hills for 10 […]

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