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Conquering a Demon–Part 1

Conquering a Demon–Part 1

January 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

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 […]

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Avid Outdoorsperson in Your Life

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Avid Outdoorsperson in Your Life

December 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

It’s St. Nick Time Again!

It’s St. Nick Time Again!

December 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Well, it’s that time of year again: time for all good parents and partners to think about St. Nick surprises for camping and RVing friends and family members. Here are a few neat ideas for stocking stuffers this year to get you jump-started on your shopping. Remember, according to tradition, at least in the Midwest […]

Stepping IntoThe Past

Stepping IntoThe Past

November 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

La Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few Northern New Mexican style late Spanish Colonial “great houses” remaining in the southwest.  It was mentioned in a recent post as the location of the annual Old Taos Trade Fair, but even if you are unable to attend the last weekend in September, the Hacienda […]

A Golden Hike

A Golden Hike

October 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On a recent crisp fall Saturday Terry and I decided to hike up in Angel Fire, NM among the golden aspens. We were not disappointed. With a starting temperature of 37 degrees, the day remained cool, but the plentiful sunshine warmed and delighted us at the same time. Starting out at the Elliott Barker Trailhead, […]

Climbing in Colorado–Part 3: The Descent and a Surprise!

Climbing in Colorado–Part 3: The Descent and a Surprise!

October 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In my last two posts (9/29 and 10/6) I have been describing our summer climb up one of Colorado’s intrepid “14ers”, peaks in excess of 14,000 feet above sea level. We had climbed Mt. Shavano at 14,229 feet and finally reached the summit, then headed down due to storms threatening to move in. The descent […]

Climbing in Colorado–Part 1: The Ascent

Climbing in Colorado–Part 1: The Ascent

September 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

A Beautiful Rocky Mountain Canyon Hike–Part 1

A Beautiful Rocky Mountain Canyon Hike–Part 1

September 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

July 4th: Appreciating the Unspoiled Beauty of Our Country

July 4th: Appreciating the Unspoiled Beauty of Our Country

August 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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