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Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

On Hiking in Winter…

On Hiking in Winter…

February 2, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

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. […]

Top 6 Birding Hotspots in Southeastern Arizona

Top 6 Birding Hotspots in Southeastern Arizona

January 27, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Southeastern Arizona is an ecological crossroads, where the Sierra Madre of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts all come together. The abrupt rise of mountains like the Huachucas from the surrounding arid grasslands creates “sky islands” harboring rare species and communities of plants and animals. If you are a birder, Southeastern Arizona is the place […]

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 […]

If You Only Do One Thing in Tucson…

If You Only Do One Thing in Tucson…

January 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

There are numerous reasons to visit Tucson and the many other historic towns and sights around Southern Arizona. Some RVers come for a day or two. Some come for a week. Others stay for the season. Those of us who spend time in Southern Arizona have our favorites places. What you do and where you […]

A Must See Fall Event: The Taos Balloon Rally

A Must See Fall Event: The Taos Balloon Rally

January 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One more event to add to your travel planning calendar for this new year is the annual Taos Balloon Rally. 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 […]

Welcome the New Year with a New Tradition

Welcome the New Year with a New Tradition

December 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For most of us, New Year’s traditions revolve around indoor activities—eating and watching football. However, an outdoor activity could make your holiday rituals even more fun and an invigorating way to kick off the New Year. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and […]

2014 Camping Goals

2014 Camping Goals

December 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

Gavilan Canyon: Canyon of the Hawk

Gavilan Canyon: Canyon of the Hawk

December 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Just before the first snows fell in Taos County, NM, Terry and I were in the mood for a new trail for our typical Saturday morning hike. One of the few local trails we had not tried was Gavilan Trail in Hondo Canyon on the way to the Taos Ski Valley. We had avoided that […]

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