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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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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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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Getting out of our bubble

Recently my family and I traveled to Panama City, Panama. We went to one of those beach resorts where folks talk about "relaxing" on the beach, drinking cocktails and swimming in the pool all day. And many people dream of these vacations, I guess. The hotel was a bit off the beaten path, and after …

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Tent Rocks: someplace you gotta go, and my family thought they looked a little like something else . . .

Yes, they're called tent rocks, but as you wander through the trail to the top of the mesa, it feels like you're wandering through another world.  A bit like Star Wars or a bit phallus depending on your state of mind, but in either case, it is magnificent. The monument is about an hour north …

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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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