Finding a Good Hike for a Good Old Pair of Boots

Today I went for a mountain hike with my almost sixteen year old son, and our exuberant and lovely dog. We were alone on the trail, and we both spent time reminiscing about all the time we've spent on the beautiful Italianos Trail. It was delightful to listen to my son remember his stories -- that …

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Why Dirt Road?

Why Dirt Road Journal? The short answer is because my family loves to get off road and have an adventure. But there's a lot more to it too. We are adventurous souls. Being on the road of life pushes boundaries and comfort zones, and adventure makes new rules and breaks old ones. That is where real …

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Finding the Santa Fe Trail (Part I)

Sometimes things that aren't lost are pretty hard to find. And once you discover them, you realize you've simply got to tell everyone you know because the treasure just might disappear forever if other people don't know about it. This is how we felt about finding Fort Union National Park about thirty miles north of Las …

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Sunday morning walk to Petaca Point

A short drive over Taos Junction Bridge and up a steep dirt road with several switchbacks to the West Rim of the Rio Grande Gorge will take you to the trailhead of Petaca Point Trail. Petaca Canyon is an easy four miles, along the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. Because the trail runs along …

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Where to run or ride for the fun of it, and the health of it . . .

In the summer and winter months, we can go to the gym to get some exercise. But more often then not, water cooler conversation at my office consists of talk about new trails or secret spots to take a run or a ride to get an hour of sun and exercise. Summer or winter, we …

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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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