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Y’all Come! To The Big Barn Dance!

Y’all Come! To The Big Barn Dance!

October 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Every year, the first September weekend after Labor Day means something special to  fans of country music: The Big Barn Dance! For the past 11 years, Michael Hearne, musician and recording artist, organizes a musical extravaganza in northern New Mexico with fifty or so of his closest friends. This past weekend, September 5, 6 and […]

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 2: The Summit

Climbing in Colorado–Part 2: The Summit

October 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

My last post (see 9/29/13) left my husband and me part way up our ascent of one of Colorado’s intrepid 14ers, Mt. Shavano, 14, 229 feet. The climb, only four miles, seemed to last forever! Our son, Ryan, was already awaiting us at the top. As we rounded the last corner of the mountain, we […]

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 2

A Beautiful Rocky Mountain Canyon Hike–Part 2

September 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

The Return to Yerba Canyon

The Return to Yerba Canyon

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

We Did It!

We Did It!

August 25, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

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 […]

To Summit Lobo Peak

To Summit Lobo Peak

August 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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