Category Archives: Western U.S.

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area

The Bisti (pronounced bis-tie) is one of our go-to places for day hikes in the spring or late fall. (It gets really hot out there in the summer!) This high desert wilderness contains unique rock formations, huge petrified logs and … Continue reading

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Hiking in the Four Corners – Summer 2020

In this, the “year of the pandemic”, Tom and I have been getting our exercise and recharging our attitudes, while social distancing, by hiking. Early in the year, we were arch hunting here in northwestern New Mexico. This summer, since … Continue reading

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Arches of San Juan County, New Mexico; part 2

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Arches of San Juan County, New Mexico

In this time of social distancing, Tom and I are fortunate enough to live in a place where there is a lot of open space. We’ve been getting our exercise by arch hunting. It feels good to get out and … Continue reading

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El Malpais National Monument

In September on our way to Phoenix, we made a slight detour to visit El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area southwest of Grants, New Mexico. El Malpais – the “badland” – is a landscape that encompasses volcanic cones, … Continue reading

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Pecos National Historical Park

The Upper Pecos Valley in New Mexico has served as a corridor between the Great Plains and the southwestern high country for thousands of years. As a result, Pecos National Historical Park has layer upon layer of history. The park … Continue reading

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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

It’s been over a year since we visited Washita Battlefield National Historic Site and it has taken me this long to decide how to write about it. Located in western Oklahoma, in November of 1868 this site was the winter … Continue reading

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Fall in the San Juans

Crisp invigorating air, mountains with a bit of first snow up high, aspens with their vivid display of color all herald the end of summer and approaching winter. Fall has its own character. It’s refreshing after the heat of summer … Continue reading

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Wildflower Hike in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

  July in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado is prime time for wildflowers in the higher elevations. The most spectacular array of wildflowers we encountered this year occurred along the Pass Trail to Engineer Mountain. This trail starts … Continue reading

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Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico

Fort Union sits in ruins on the plains of eastern New Mexico and has a story to tell. The adobe ruins that are visible from quite a distance are the third iteration of Fort Union. Located strategically on the Santa … Continue reading

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