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

Desperately Seeking Arches

Desperately Seeking Arches

A few days into our most recent trip to New Mexico, we found ourselves with a couple of free hours near Aztec.  We decided to go on a little adventure – a search for a few of the over 300 arches on public land that surround the town.  Utah is kinda famous for its arches.  Even has a national park named after them, complete with marked trails and decent directions. Finding the arches The public

Go Birding at Galveston Island State Park

Go Birding at Galveston Island State Park

If you like coastal birds – watching them, photographing them – you need to visit Galveston Island State Park.  With the gulf on one side and marshes on the other, they have a bonanza of waterfowl there for observation. Some species reside there year-round, but the park serves as a stopover for several migratory birds.  For the biggest variety, plan your visit for the temperate months of the spring and autumn. To get the most

New Mexico Highway 72: Roads Less Traveled

New Mexico Highway 72: Roads Less Traveled

“You really shouldn’t take the main highway to Raton,” the older woman said.  We met her during the first leg of our hike around the rim of Capulin Volcano.  She and her family were on their annual pilgrimage from Oklahoma.  “Take the backroad from Folsom to Raton – you’ll see a lot of wildlife that way.”  We left Palo Duro a day early due to the weather, so we gained a good 24 hours to

Alligators: how and where to find ’em in Texas

Alligators: how and where to find ’em in Texas

Alligators are big. They have big mouths and big teeth. They’re strong. And, let’s face it, few creatures are as good at lurking as the alligator. Spotting one in the wild, knowing that there’s nothing between you an several hundred pounds of ravenous reptile, will get your blood pumping.  Once an endangered species, the American Alligator has made an impressive recovery. A word of caution – the danger isn’t imaginary. While alligator attacks on humans