Hidden spots in Bandelier

It has been warming up around here, and it makes me yearn for summer and weekend hikes. This weekend I've been daydreaming about places we've been and places I'd like to be if it were warm. So my next few posts will be my summer daydreams. Soon enough it will be warm and we'll be …

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Fall Festivals: Enjoying the best of the sunshine and small town beauty

Once the harvest is mostly complete, we sure do know how to have fall festivals.  Before the snow sets in and we all head indoors for the winter, the weekends are full of arts and crafts, wool, films, funnel cakes, chile and music.  Fall festivals in northern New Mexico always remind me of how truly …

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La Veta: A treasure nestled in the breasts of the earth

La Veta is nestled at the base of the Spanish Peaks, two mountains at the southern most border of Colorado near I-25.  The Spanish Peaks have been among the most important landmarks of the southwestern United States, guiding Native American tribes, trappers, and American settlers.  The Ute, and other, earlier Indian tribes held the Peaks …

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Not recommended for anyone afraid of heights. What?

Tomichi Pass, takes us to a site of an old mining town.  The town had a population of 1500 during the boom years of the 1880s. The silver crash of 1893 brought an end to the town. In 1896 a few prospectors returned, but most were killed in 1899 when a snowslide destroyed the town. …

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