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Good Times and Hard Times in Las Cruces, New Mexico

FRIENDS, the southwest feels rather like home to me.  I seem to be nothing but a deep-dyed southerner, an aged vagabond from Waycross, Georgia.  In Las Cruces, though, people seem just as friendly.  1,408 more words

2018-02-17 Black Peak via CDT (Gila National Forest)


This is a mellow hike along a wonderfully maintained tread to a 9000-foot summit and back. Despite the altitude and season the tread was almost entirely snow-free. 1,825 more words

New Mexico

A Few New Mexico Side Trips

Lake Roberts

One day we decided to take a drive north just to see some new sites. We stopped at Lake Roberts  for a little walk. 360 more words

New Mexico

Ups and Downs

I don’t like “up” very much. To be honest, it depends on how much “up” there is, and whether “up” is complemented by “flat” and “down.”  Too much “up” pushes my breathing and burns my thighs.  578 more words

2018-01-25 Signal and Black Peaks (Pino Altos Range in Gila NF)


This is a short hike, steep in the early stretches and distinctly civilized in terms of the antennae and fire lookout on Signal Peak.  The tread is clear, much of the route is sunny and at 9000 feet it is low enough to to tempt when winter starts to drag. 1,671 more words

New Mexico

Smokey Bear to Bear Tracks

Smokey Bear, National Zoo

Black Bear track

I grew up in metro DC in the 50s.  That was the heyday of Smokey Bear.  Smokey was a native of New Mexico, a victim of a forest fire in the Capitan Mountains and rescued by a fire crew; he was brought to the National Zoo in DC and served as an iconic image for the US Forest Service, in service to fire prevention–his image still lives on in memes and posters. 567 more words

Public Lands

Fall-ing in Saddle Rock Canyon

Autumn is unwrapping her colors in Saddle Rock Canyon. Willow and Walnut are beginning to glow, just a little bit.  Soon they will be in full golden glory.  319 more words