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

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

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 …

Seeing The Sights in Albuquerque

Seeing The Sights in Albuquerque

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, …

New Mexico True?

New Mexico True?

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 …

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

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

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 …

A Journey to the Center of the Earth at Carlsbad Caverns

A Journey to the Center of the Earth at Carlsbad Caverns

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 …

Mining for Poppies at Rockhound State Park, New Mexico

Mining for Poppies at Rockhound State Park, New Mexico

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. …

Boondocking: An Outsider’s Perspective on Dispersed RV Living

Boondocking: An Outsider’s Perspective on Dispersed RV Living

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 …

City of Rocks Picture Jeopardy!

City of Rocks Picture Jeopardy!

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 …

Driving On The Edge

Driving On The Edge

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 …

El Update de Comida Mexicana

El Update de Comida Mexicana

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 …

My Second Tangle with a Deadly Animal

My Second Tangle with a Deadly Animal

It wasn’t like last time when there was a gun, a hunting party, and an illuminated kill zone. This time, I got ambushed. It all started with a mesquite fire. Well, more accurately, it was a mesquite log, a few charcoal briquettes, two spent fire starters, and a bunch …

White Sands National Monument (and Missile Range)

White Sands National Monument (and Missile Range)

FFFZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZTTTT! An F-15 screams overhead, followed by another. They rapidly climb, then nosedive, looping, banking, firing smoke bombs at each other in a mock dog-fight. We’re not watching some airshow. We’re in the middle of White Sands National Monument, which is in the middle of …