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Climbing in Colorado–Part 1: The Ascent

Climbing in Colorado–Part 1: The Ascent

We were blessed to be able to spend ten days this August with our son Ryan. Not only were we delighted to see and spend the time with him, but he is full of great ideas for how to best spend our time together and most of our adventures take place out of doors. “I want to hike at least four times a week,” he started when he arrived. We had expected this and had several hikes planned. We discussed... [Read more]

A Beautiful Rocky Mountain Canyon Hike–Part 2

A Beautiful Rocky Mountain Canyon Hike–Part 2

Lobo Peak from afar In my last post (see 9/15/13) I was describing the first part of a delightful hike we took in Manzanita Canyon in the Southern Rocky Mountains one hot summer Saturday. After we have been hiking for just over two hours, we reach a ridge line that feels as if it should be our connecting point for the Lobo Creek Trail that runs along the ridge of the Canyons. We find no sign, but enjoy... [Read more]

A Beautiful Rocky Mountain Canyon Hike–Part 1

A Beautiful Rocky Mountain Canyon Hike–Part 1

In our quest to discover new and different hiking trails in the southern Rocky Mountains, we happened upon Manzanita Canyon Trail, off of State Road 150 in Taos County, NM one recent weekend. We had hiked both Yerba and Italianos Canyon Trails in the past, both running parallel to this one. We had really enjoyed Italianos Canyon Trail with its aspen groves and lovely meadows; Yerba Canyon was less... [Read more]

Arroyo Seco: Lovely Northern New Mexican Mountain Village

Arroyo Seco: Lovely Northern New Mexican Mountain Village

If you are looking for a destination for a late summer trip, you would be doing yourself a favor by visiting lovely Arroyo Seco, NM. Made up of several blocks of quaint shops, Arroys Seco will both charm and entertain you. Abominable Snow Mansion, Inn, Hostel and Campground Located on State Road 150, also known as Ski Valley Road, “Seco” as the town is affectionately known, is home to the Abominable... [Read more]

The Return to Yerba Canyon

The Return to Yerba Canyon

We finally made it! After hiking the first 45” of the Yerba Canyon Trail on July 4th before heading to the Arroyo Seco Parade, Terry and I had been looking for an opportunity to return to follow the trail to the top of the canyon and perhaps to Lobo Peak. We returned on a recent Saturday, eager to resume our trek. The trail starts out gentle, but… We repeated our steps up to the majestic rock... [Read more]

July 4th: Appreciating the Unspoiled Beauty of Our Country

July 4th: Appreciating the Unspoiled Beauty of Our Country

Last year on July 4th, Terry and I were living half a country apart. I had made the move to New Mexico in May; he had moved me out, then returned to Wisconsin to finish up a few weeks of work and time up loose ends before jointing me in Taos on July 7th.  Neither of us did much over that holiday. This year on July 4th we wanted to celebrate the birth of our country by enjoying some of its unspoiled... [Read more]

We Did It!

We Did It!

We actually did it—ran up a mountain and back down. Well, to be quite honest, we hiked up, not ran, but we did run most of the way down. A few weeks back I wrote a post about Taos Ski Valley’s annual Up and Over 10K Run, in which participants run up a mountain for 3 miles, gaining over 2600 feet of elevation, than run back down. My husband Terry thought it would be a fun thing to do; I thought... [Read more]

To Summit Lobo Peak

To Summit Lobo Peak

As of my last post, Terry and I had hiked the Italianos Canyon Trail off of Ski Valley Road near Taos, NM. However, due to an early afternoon thunderstorm, common in New Mexico during monsoon season which comprises much of the month of July bringing some much needed rainfall, we were unable to continue on to summit Lobo Peak as planned. When we reached the top of the canyon, the thunder roared and... [Read more]

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 2

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 2

In my last post (August 4th) I sharing a hike Terry and I had taken up Italianos Canyon in the Taos Ski Valley, NM. After the first mile, we reached a lovely aspen grove. Shortly thereafter, at about the two mile point, we encountered a series of four beautiful meadows that would also make delightful places to camp if one was in the mood to pack in camping equipment a bit higher up. For those not interested... [Read more]

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 1

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 1

Last weekend, in the mood for a trail we had not hiked before, Terry and I chose one of the many trails off of Highway 150, better known as The Ski Valley Road, for our weekly hike, the Italianos Canyon Trail. We had toyed with the idea of hiking this trail before, but some of the canyon trails tend to be dark and shady, with no views to speak of, so you find yourself hiking through trees, only to... [Read more]

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