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A Glimpse of the Past

A Glimpse of the Past

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re anything like me and my family, when the weather cools, kids and teachers are back in school and football is again the sport of choice, your thoughts turn to settling in for winter and making plans for places you want to visit during the next camping season. My next few posts will give […]

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, […]

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 […]

Top 10 National Wildlife Refuges Scenic Drives

Top 10 National Wildlife Refuges Scenic Drives

October 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

To really explore a national wildlife refuge, of course, you’ll want to get out of your vehicle. But when time is limited or you want to get the lay of the land before you set out on a trail, a scenic drive should be considered. For all us ‘let’s-check-it-out-first’ types, here’s a sampling of some […]

12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to spend some summer vacation time with family there, the Dettlaff family from Apex, North Carolina, decided to drive 100 miles out of their way to have some fun at Crater of Diamonds State Park. They’d experienced gem mining in the mountains of their own state, but had never visited […]

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 […]

New River Gorge National River Receives Flagship RV Park

New River Gorge National River Receives Flagship RV Park

September 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Park Service (NPS) is constructing a new flagship campground with power and water hookups and drive-in sites for recreational vehicles at the southern end of the New River Gorge National River. The new Meadow Creek Campground is located on the banks of the New River about two miles downstream of the Sandstone Visitor […]

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 […]

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