Rounding up the summer at Bobcat Pass

To celebrate summer and the beginning of autumn, my family and I ventured up to a special spot near Red River on the Enchanted Circle for an evening of good food and good entertainment. At 10,000 feet at Bobcat Pass, there's the Moreno Valley's Cowboy Evening. There they serve you up a ribeye hot off …

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Raining in Fall

Every year as school starts, there is one event that really tells me that autumn is finally here. That one big rain that clears out the summer air and brings with it the crisp sweet smell of autumn. It always happens after school starts, usually the second or third week of September. When it arrives, …

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Hot springs on hot days: Hooper Pool

“Hooper Pool,” officially known as the Sand Dunes Swimming Pool, feels like it sits back in time. If you weren’t looking for it, you’d never see it, but it is sure not to be missed. In the sand and the sagebrush, two miles off the highway, 20 miles north of Alamosa, sits the sparkling warm …

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If you wanna be on the edge for a night: Kokopelli Cave

We've been thinking about summer.  It was warm yesterday, finally.  And as we were eating lunch in the sunshine we were remembering our trip to Kokopelli Caves near Farmington, New Mexico.  My son was laughing about feeding the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks, while my husband and I were remembering carrying our coolers and luggage down …

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Sunset Project at Daylight Savings

Over the weekend the time of the sunset shifted by an hour. I adjusted by alarm to remind me to take my photograph. But I laughed because "sunset photo!" is becoming a part of our family evening. . . a family activity as we think about our evening walk or run, or part of our …

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Farmers’ markets and the best of summer small town

Farmers' markets in mid-summer in small towns abound with flowers, honey, vegetables and fresh fruit from local trees.  Locals sitting in the backs of pick-ups talking with friends, selling my favorite green gage plums, grapes,  chile and other summer produce are a lovely reminder of small town beauty.  A Saturday morning in the center of …

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