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The GRAND Gathering at Quartzsite: World’s Largest Gathering of Grands & Great-Grands

The GRAND Gathering at Quartzsite: World’s Largest Gathering of Grands & Great-Grands

February 8, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The GRAND Gathering, the World’s Largest Gathering of Grand Parents and Great-Grand Parents, is planned for Quartzsite from March 6 to 9. So many Grands and Great-Grands are expected, organizers hope to set a new world record. The Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) and Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) are spearheading plans for special events for […]

On Hiking in Winter…

On Hiking in Winter…

February 2, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Winter is a great time for hiking. While winter hiking was not a favorite activity of mine when living in the Midwest, once we moved to the Southwest, winter weather just can’t keep me indoors.  In fact, at least once or twice every week my husband and I find ourselves headed out for a hike. […]

A Must See Fall Event: The Taos Balloon Rally

A Must See Fall Event: The Taos Balloon Rally

January 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One more event to add to your travel planning calendar for this new year is the annual Taos Balloon Rally. During the last weekend in October every year, Taos, NM hosts an event that should find its way onto every traveler’s calendar, at least once: The Taos Balloon Rally. While there are a number of […]

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Petroglyphs of Chaco Canyon

Petroglyphs of Chaco Canyon

November 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Stepping IntoThe Past

Stepping IntoThe Past

November 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

A Golden Hike

A Golden Hike

October 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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, […]

2014 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show Dates Announced

2014 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show Dates Announced

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Every January something happens that is hard to believe, unless you have seen it! According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as 750,000 to 1,000,000 people, mostly in recreational vehicles, converge on the sleepy little desert town of Quartzsite, located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10, for the rock, gem, […]

Y’all Come! To The Big Barn Dance!

Y’all Come! To The Big Barn Dance!

October 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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

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

October 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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