The Death of Backpacking? But Who Cares?

In July 2003 I dropped my backpack at the door of a café in central Finland and walked inside. I’d just come out of the woods and was in need of some food. Next to the stand of newspapers and women’s magazines sat a man with the thickest glasses I had ever seen. He was a […]

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Polluting the River. Polluting your Mind.

A week and a half ago, after several days camping in a spot where we had zero connection to the internet, the kids and I pulled into Durango, Colorado to stock up on food and gas before heading to Mesa Verde National Park. It was hard not to notice the Animas River. The Gold King […]

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Taos’ Multicultural Festival – 4th of July in Arroyo Seco

Well this post turned out to be WAY overdue….it is not quite July 5th anymore….but I hope you’re still able to enjoy these images from the best and more spontaneous multicultural festival I know of. The village of Arroyo Seco is located about 10 miles northeast of Taos, New Mexico tucked right up against the […]

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Fort Union

Fort Union Days – My Shot of the Day – June 26, 2015

  Sunday the kids and I drove across the mountain to the edge of the Great Plains to Fort Union National Monument: A bustling center of frontier defense in the Southwest for four decades, Fort Union was the largest U.S. military post in the region and a base for both military and civilian ventures that […]

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into the wilderness

Into the Wilderness – Photo Essay from Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

One of the big reasons driving my decision NOT to travel out of the country in 2015 was so that I would have more time exploring and re-exploring the region where I live. I’ve been fortunate to have spent much of my life out and about in the wildlands of the Southwestern USA thanks to […]

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the stars align

My Shot of the Day – The Stars Align – June 1, 2015

  I camped out on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge about seven miles north of the small community of Pilar, New Mexico on Saturday night. I was with a small group of old friends and the plan was to run the river the next morning (We did! And it was fabulous!). In the western […]

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My Shot of the Day – International Day for Biological Diversity – May 22, 2015

  Just a quick wish for a happy International Day for Biological Diversity! The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of […]

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Cerros del Norte and a Request – My Shot of the Day – May 8, 2015

  Just the other day I was gushing about our new National Monument and Wilderness. This morning I have still more good news to report: New Mexico’s senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would establish two wilderness areas inside the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Tom Udall, D-NM, and Martin Heinrich, D-NM, announced Thursday […]

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The National Monument – News and The Back of Beyond

  On Sunday I set off on a 25 mile bike ride into the back of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Technically, it is the middle of the monument. There is a road that runs right up the spine of the monument, pretty much straight north, to the Colorado border. But I always […]

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The Boundaries of the Sacred – A Visit to Zuni Pueblo

NOTE: This article was origionally published in the April 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine as a two-part series. ~ ~ ~ On a breezy late-June morning, Tom Kennedy, the Director of the Zuni Tourism Program at the remote western New Mexico Native American pueblo stands atop the remains of the ancient Zuni town of Hawikku, […]

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Moonrise Taos

Moonrise Taos New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – April 4, 2015

  I know, I know. My first post in quite a while. I need to jump back in and spend some time here. Above is a shot of last night’s moonrise over the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains east of Taos, New Mexico. Below is the view west about 30 minutes later as […]

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Out on the Llano Estacado

Did you ever wonder what it looks like out on the Llano Estacado? Oh. You don’t know what the Llano Estacado is? “When we were upon the high table-land, a view presented itself as boundless as the ocean. Not a tree, shrub, or any other object, either animate or inantimate, relieved the dreary monotony of […]

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