Southwestern US

Visiting the nation’s oldest capitol city – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Pretty much everyone we talked to prior to our New Mexico road trip assured us we would really enjoy Santa Fe. It’s such a cool place, they said. Quirky and artsy and historic. And it definitely is all of those things. But honestly, I didn’t love it as much as I felt like I should… Continue reading Visiting the nation’s oldest capitol city – Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Indigenous inscriptions – Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

Located on the western edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico, hidden amongst the jumbled landscape, are more than 20,000 (not a typo!) historic rock carvings called petroglyphs. This area is part of the Rio Grande rift, formed over millions of years by the movement of tectonic plates. This rift stretches from central Colorado to central New… Continue reading Indigenous inscriptions – Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

Southwestern US

48 hours in Albuquerque, New Mexico

When we told people we were headed to New Mexico for Thanksgiving, they all assured us we would really enjoy our time in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. And we did (posts on those cities coming soon). But when we mentioned we were also spending time in Albuquerque, the universal response was: why? Well, I’ll… Continue reading 48 hours in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Southwestern US, US National Parks

Bad country – El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

Day 2 of our New Mexico road trip was somewhat of a failure in planning. I did plan. I planned a lot. Too much, in fact. And had it been July, with 14 hours of daylight and the endless motivation that can only be found during summer break, we might have pulled it off. But… Continue reading Bad country – El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

Southwestern US, US National Parks

A smattering of New Mexico history

Thanksgiving road trip has become a tradition for us. I always have the entire week off from work (well, sort of… I have the week off from classes but not from grading, so my work laptop definitely came with us), and it turns out that November is a pretty good time of year to travel… Continue reading A smattering of New Mexico history

About me, Travel Lists

A year in review: 2022

Well, another year has come and gone, and I'm not entirely sure how it happened. For us, 2022 was both more and less eventful than previous years. I admit, I may have been a little too ambitious for our first three years in Colorado. At the time, we didn't know if we would be staying… Continue reading A year in review: 2022

Colorado, Colorado Hikes, Travel Lists

Day Hikes in: Evergreen, Colorado

I have a terrible tendency to discount shorter or easier or lower elevation hikes because I'd much rather be above tree line on a summit or way in the backcountry at an alpine lake. I'm certain this bias has caused me to overlook many hiking opportunities over the years. But Colorado continues to remind me… Continue reading Day Hikes in: Evergreen, Colorado

Colorado

Colorado Fall Colors: Backcountry Taproom and Caribou Ranch Open Space

Three years ago, Pat and I attended Upslope Brewing’s annual Backcountry Taproom and had a blast. After one year off due to Covid, the event was resurrected last year and we attended again. In the aftermath, I was telling my mom about it and she mentioned she’d like to come with us sometime. So this… Continue reading Colorado Fall Colors: Backcountry Taproom and Caribou Ranch Open Space

Colorado, Colorado 14ers, Colorado Bucket List, Colorado Hikes, Colorado Summits, US High Points

On Top of Colorado (and Colorado 14er #8): Mount Elbert

On September 24, 2022, two of my travel goals collided when I summited my eighth Colorado 14er… which also happens to be the highest point in Colorado! A few days later, as I sit down to begin writing this post, I’m conflicted about whether to title it ‘Colorado 14ers’ to match my other 14ers posts… Continue reading On Top of Colorado (and Colorado 14er #8): Mount Elbert

Colorado, Colorado Hikes, Rocky Mountain National Park, US National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Lake Haiyaha

Up until June 2022, Lake Haiyaha looked like this. Image source On June 28, 2022, there was a rockslide on the mountainside above Lake Haiyaha. On this peaceful, sunny morning, a large section of the landscape broke free and began to tumble down Chaos Canyon. Rocks ranging in size from small pebbles to apartment-sized boulders… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Lake Haiyaha