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

Southwestern US, US National Parks

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

Southwestern US, US National Parks

Big river of the north – Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico

With one day remaining of our Labor Day weekend getaway to Taos, we headed out of town to the west. Today, instead of climbing to the highest point, we would be descending to the lowest elevation area in the Taos Valley region: the gorge cut by the Rio Grande. Actually, we’d be descending and then… Continue reading Big river of the north – Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico

Southwestern US

Driving New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

Wheeler Peak, located in the southern reaches of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the highest point in New Mexico. Pat and I summited it over Labor Day weekend 2021, which I wrote all about last week. Encircling Wheeler Peak is the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, connecting the towns of Taos, Red River, and Angel… Continue reading Driving New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

Southwestern US, US High Points

On Top of New Mexico: Wheeler Peak

Summer out here in the west has become very unpredictable. Afternoon thunderstorms used to be the main concern, but in the last couple years forest fires and air quality have become the two main factors that influence our travel plans. Colorado was lucky in 2021 to receive adequate rain and avoid a repeat of our… Continue reading On Top of New Mexico: Wheeler Peak

Southwestern US, US National Parks

In the crater of a volcano – Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico

Pat has been wanting to visit New Mexico since the day we arrived in Colorado. He didn’t really know anything about the state and, as a result, I think there was an aura of mystery surrounding it. I have to admit, I see his point; New Mexico rarely seems to be the topic of any… Continue reading In the crater of a volcano – Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico

About me, Colorado, Travel Lists

A Year in Review: #52HikeChallenge 2019

Historically, I've wrapped up each year with a summary of our annual highlights. I'm going to do the same this year, but with a little twist. In 2019, for the first time ever, I participated in the 52 Hike Challenge. This is exactly what it sounds like: the challenge of completing 52 hikes in 52… Continue reading A Year in Review: #52HikeChallenge 2019