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 …

Hiking the Dog Canyon Trail at Oliver Lee State Park, NM

Hiking the Dog Canyon Trail at Oliver Lee State Park, NM

It’s 2.9 miles to Frenchy’s cabin via the Dog Canyon Trail … and 1,500 feet up (Frenchy used the trail to move his cattle between his summer and winter grazing fields). Lisa mentioned the elevation change when we were starting, but it took a while …

The Last Steam-Powered Locomotive Purchased by Union Pacific Crosses Our Path

The Last Steam-Powered Locomotive Purchased by Union Pacific Crosses Our Path

Yesterday started like many days — with a drive — but why were all those people hanging out along the railroad tracks? Curiosity got the better of us. Turns out, the last steam-powered locomotive purchased by Union Pacific was rolling through Alamogordo on its way …

Shout Out to Gelato Vero!

Shout Out to Gelato Vero!

Thanks to our pals at Gelato Vero for sponsoring us a drink in Taos, NM at the Adobe Bar in the Historic Taos Inn!  Of course we went for the local produce: a glass of Gruet sparkling wine for me and a Santa Fe pale …

Out Of The Blizzard And Into The Haboob

Out Of The Blizzard And Into The Haboob

Well, we survived a blizzard, and we survived Albuquerque. Why not a haboob? In haboob terms, this one wasn’t too bad, but it was our first. We’re in the desert in New Mexico and all Paul could think about while driving was the red dot …

As It Happens, Time Isn’t Everything

As It Happens, Time Isn’t Everything

Given that we now have all the time in the world, I thought that we’d always be able to do all that we wanted. As I am discovering, though, time is not the only limiter. The factor that’s elbowing in now? Temperature. Last night was …

Well, We Got Snowed On

Well, We Got Snowed On

Like the Donners on their way west, we too got snowed on … but we didn’t have to resort to cannibalism. Instead, we’re shacked up at a hotel in Raton, New Mexico. Now that the snow has stopped and we can see more than a few …