If I could go back to New Mexico…

If I could go back to New Mexico…

Between work and finances (and the weather, see: work), this is going to be a summer spent close to home.  Last summer, though, we spent two weeks in New Mexico.  There were a couple of things I wish we’d done differently.  If you’re planning to travel to New Mexico, maybe my regrets will help you have a better trip. I wish we’d taken longer to acclimate. The day we got there, we hiked the rim

San Antonio Missions – Living History

San Antonio Missions – Living History

Spanish missionaries arrived in Texas before most Europeans.  They found a native population to whom they felt the need to deliver the word of God.  Across the western half of the United States, they built their missions, some of which survive to the present day.  As a descendant of northern Europeans whose ancestors arrived in Texas just prior to the Revolution, I tend to think of these churches as places of historical interest.  A visit

Give ’em a hand: 7 cheap ways you can help your parks

Give ’em a hand: 7 cheap ways you can help your parks

If you’ve been to a state or national park, you probably know that buying concessions contributes to the park’s bottom line.  You may know about the various, “Friends of*,” organizations that you can donate money to (always a welcome way to appreciate your favorite park).  Have you given much thought to the no- to low-cost ways you can help a park out? I did a little brainstorming for you earlier this week, just in case

Five must-see New Mexico sunsets

Five must-see New Mexico sunsets

New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment.  Watch one brilliant New Mexico sunset and you’ll know why.  The lack of pollution and the desert weather patterns create breathtaking displays of color as the sun descends below the horizon. I could go into detail about the science behind the natural art, but I think it’s enough to say that the science exists.  If you’re curious, check out “Colors of Twilight” on the NOAA’s website (here: www.spc.noaa.gov/publications/corfidi/sunset/).  It

San Antonio on a budget

San Antonio on a budget

Beautiful.  Historical.  Romantic.  Fun.  All words I use to describe San Antonio.  You can have a memorable weekend here on any budget, if you know where to go. Click on the name of an attraction to visit their website. Budget Level: Free The best thing about San Antonio is that you can have a blast, or a romantic getaway, for the cost of food and a room.   Here are some of my favorite no-charge things