Browsing Category "New Mexico"
Come for the oysters, stay for the burger.

The 6 Best Burgers in America: Middle-of-Nowhere Edition

By     |    Jan 17, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Best Of, California, Florida, Food, New Mexico, New York, Utah     |    3 Comments

Finding a good burger in a city is easy. There’s Dick’s in Seattle, Kopp’s in Milwaukee, In-N-Out across the Southwest, and Culver’s everywhere in the Midwest. But there’s something about being in the middle of nowhere and finding a great burger place. A cheeseburger in paradise is wonderful, but a cheeseburger in the boondocks is even better. Here are my six favorites: 6. Sebastian’s Store — Hearst Beef Burgers Sebastian’s […]

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The San Felipe de Neri Church

Seeing The Sights in Albuquerque

By     |    May 23, 2012
Posted in: New Mexico     |    No Comments

It’s official: I am citied-out. I’m sure there are plenty more nice and interesting cities out there, but I don’t need to see them. Our budget no longer permits me to do the types of things I like to do in cities: eat trendy food, rack up expensive bar tabs, shop. Sure, it’s fun to find the authentic budget food options, but not all places excel in cheap Mexican food. I like […]

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One of our many efforts to find camping around the Q led to this supposedly public campground.

New Mexico True?

By     |    May 23, 2012
Posted in: New Mexico, Reality     |    No Comments

A few weeks ago I read a story about New Mexico’s efforts to improve its image with potential tourists. The tourism department surveyed groups of people and found that New Mexico is generally considered boring and bleak, with nothing to do. Some people aren’t even sure it’s a state, or they get it confused with Mexico, the country. Here’s a quote about the focus group results from another story: While the […]

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My preciousss. The green chile cheeseburger at Big D's in Roswell, NM.

Abducted by Burgers in Roswell, NM | Big D’s Downtown Dive

By     |    May 22, 2012
Posted in: Food, New Mexico     |    No Comments

When things get a little rough, we fall back on food. We set our sights on a good, cheap meal, and the internet always seems to provide. Driving across New Mexico, getting screwed by the campgrounds and pretty bored by the roads and the miles between us and Durango (our ultimate goal) and failing to see any UFOs, IFOs (identified, natch), or even a frisbee in the sky, we needed […]

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This looks like Halloween.

A Journey to the Center of the Earth at Carlsbad Caverns

By     |    Mar 30, 2012
Posted in: Hikes, New Mexico, Parks     |    4 Comments

The trip through the Mines of Moria was always my favorite part of the Lord of the Rings books. As a kid, I read Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth as if it were a factual account of a fantastical place I would visit someday. And now, standing 750 feet below the surface of the earth, I felt like I was in Moria or on my way […]

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Poppy torture chamber.

Mining for Poppies at Rockhound State Park, New Mexico

By     |    Mar 28, 2012
Posted in: New Mexico, Parks     |    2 Comments

Some people come to Rockhound State Park to spend a few cheap, quiet weeks or nights in the desert. Most come for the rockhounding, aka amateur geologying, searching in various levels of seriousness for semi-precious stones like opals, minerals like quartz and jasper, and geodes. Some are hobbyists, some are undoubtedly rock shop owners, and some are looking for their rocky lottery ticket. The ground is visibly scratched and scuffed, and large […]

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A group of RVs in what I call the Wagon Circle formation.

Boondocking: An Outsider’s Perspective on Dispersed RV Living

By     |    Feb 24, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Travel, Travel Itch     |    2 Comments

In just about every campground, we find them. They’re the snowbirds, the kind and retired folks who’ve set up shop in this place for as long as they’re allowed before moving on to the next site (each campground has different limits on length of stay; two weeks seems typical). We’ve thought that many places we’ve come across on our journeys have been ideal snowbird locales, but it turns out that there […]

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Distant mountains, grassy plains, pile 'o rocks in the middle.

City of Rocks Picture Jeopardy!

By     |    Nov 18, 2011
Posted in: New Mexico     |    No Comments

New Mexico’s City of Rocks State Park is awesome. It’s basically a big pile of rocks between mountain ranges in the middle of the New Mexican desert. You can scramble around on them as long as you’re careful. Most campsites are immediately adjacent. The rocks look like … well … you tell us!  

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Driving On The Edge

By     |    Nov 14, 2011
Posted in: Drives, New Mexico     |    2 Comments

Do you have guts of steel?  Can you stand on the edge of a cliff without getting dizzy?  Do you love to drive on challenging roads?  Do you have an innate hatred of guardrails and center stripes?  If you answered yes to all of these questions, then we have the road for you.  Ship your Porsche to Silver City, NM, and drive NM Route 15 from Piños Altos to the […]

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Chips and salsas, drinks: yummy; pretty much everything else: meh.

El Update de Comida Mexicana

By     |    Nov 14, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Food, New Mexico     |    10 Comments

We’re fans of Mexican food. We tried to find good tacos in Burlington, Vermont. We loved eating Mexican food in Chicago. Now we’re in New Mexico and searching for more. First thoughts: the Mexican fast food available here is so, so much better than Taco Bell. I have no idea why Taco Bell is so successful when relatively authentic food is so much more tasty. A Crunchwrap Supreme? A Mexican […]

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