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Diane Berry
A native of the Midwest, Diane Berry moved to New Mexico 2 years ago after counseling clients for many years. Now teaching college psychology, she and her family escape to the open road as often as possible. An avid hiker, Diane also enjoys freelance writing. Visit her at bluewaterspublications.com/blog

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Planning Our 2014 Travels

Planning Our 2014 Travels

The time has come to being planning for our 2014 travels. Actually, the time came about three months ago, but I have managed to put it off until just now with the convenient excuse of being too busy. As a therapist, I can rationalize just about anything, but the time is now to plan our travels for the year. With that as my task, I sit down to look over our camping goals for the New Year, set at the... [Read more]

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

Now that the Winter Olympics are upon us, any citizen worth his or her salt is following the action. But what are you to do if you are camping and do not have a television set at your disposal? Easy, stay up to date with your smartphone! There are numerous apps available to enable you to follow the action wherever you are. I will discuss three of my favorites in this post. All three are free of charge... [Read more]

On Hiking in Winter…

On Hiking in Winter…

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. But when hiking in the winter, it is important to be prepared and to have the correct equipment. Winter conditions... [Read more]

Conquering a Demon–Part 2

Conquering a Demon–Part 2

In my last post (see January  19, 2014) I was sharing an experience I enjoyed in early December 2013 after two miserable downhill skiing adventures. Deciding to face my demon, I undertook a Yellowbird Group Ski Lesson at the Taos Ski Valley. My instructor, Karen, was not only competent and professional, but she was nurturing and kind as well. After starting on the bunny hill, we moved on to another... [Read more]

Conquering a Demon–Part 1

Conquering a Demon–Part 1

On a snowy day in early December I decided to face my demons, well, one of them anyway. Since we moved to a downhill skiing Mecca nearly two years ago, I have been terrified of the sport. I begrudgingly went skiing with my husband and two of my children the Friday after Thanksgiving the past two years, but was tense and terrified the entire time. After my most recent experience this past November,... [Read more]

A New Way to Travel

A New Way to Travel

In this age of repeated technological advances it is in our best interest to embrace new tools to make our lives easier when they become available. I have always been a confirmed atlas traveler. While my husband is most comfortable when driving when we are on road trips, I am most comfortable with a road atlas in my hands navigating us skillfully (most of the time) through hill and dale, through cities... [Read more]

A Must See Fall Event: The Taos Balloon Rally

A Must See Fall Event: The Taos Balloon Rally

One more event to add to your travel planning calendar for this new year is the annual Taos Balloon Rally. Balloons in the air over our home 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 balloon rallies that take place each year, and the rally in Albuquerque... [Read more]

2014 Camping Goals

2014 Camping Goals

As some of you know, my family and I have a tradition that we engage in each New Years Eve in which each family member lists her/his accomplishments over the past year (a taking stock as it were) and then sets a number of goals for the New Year. For the past few years, I have also set specific camping and travel related goals which I have traditionally shared with our readers in my final post of the... [Read more]

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

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 be “discovered.” The event is put on each year by an all volunteer board who do it part time just for the... [Read more]

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Avid Outdoorsperson in Your Life

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Avid Outdoorsperson in Your Life

As some of you know, every December I follow up my St. Nick Stocking Stuffer ideas of inexpensive gifts for the outdoor lover with a post about Christmas gift ideas. The time has come, so here are my suggestions for your outdoors-lovers: 1)      The High Gear Altimeter/Barometer/Compass. As someone who routinely hikes at elevation, I find an altimeter invaluable when engaging in outdoor recreation,... [Read more]

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