The new babies are here

I got a little Christmas money, and prepared to have some fun while waiting for hiking weather to return. Twenty-gallon fish tank. I actually plan to use this as a quarantine tank, which I badly need, but which is not as much fun as a display tank. I consoled myself...Read more
Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

It has been an unusually good Christmas. We got just the right amount of snow on Christmas Eve to greet us on Christmas morning. The only drawback is that it put out some of the faralitos. These are a New Mexico Christmas tradition. They are small sacks with some sand...Read more
Holiday Hike

Holiday Hike

This has been an unusually pleasant Christmas season for me, in no small part because of the company of family and close friends. My friend, Alden Stradling, has only just signed on at LANL, and so has not accumulated any vacation. This left him oligated to work Monday, in spite...Read more
Eyes glowing with wonder

Eyes glowing with wonder

This weekend is the annual Earth Treasures Show sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society, of which I am a member. I took a couple of hours Friday to help set up tables and tablecloths. The rest of the day was in Albuquerque, where I attended a service at the...Read more

Winter is upon us

We had snow and rain this week, leaving the trails too muddy for hiking yesterday in spite of sunny weather. Another large storm is predicted for Wednesday, and confirmed by my daughter Kira, who gets fibromyalgia flareups just before really big storms. She’s feeling miserable today. Posting will likely be...Read more
Mousetrap

Mousetrap

Winter came in of a sudden two weeks ago. Temperatures plummetted to the tens and twenties at night and we got a significant dusting of snow, some of which is still lingering in shady spots. This meant no hiking last weekend, since I feared the trails would be muddy. This...Read more
Wanderlusting the Galisteo Formation

Wanderlusting the Galisteo Formation

I had great fun visiting the Dome Wilderness three weeks ago. Well, aside from the frightening encounter with Snakezilla, which has got me in the habit of watching very carefully where I step. But I did not actually make it to the Galisteo Formation beds here. These are of interest...Read more

Morning in White Rock

One morning this week, I stepped outside and saw this, went back in for my camera, and came out to find my neighbor with his camera doing the same thing. It turns out there is a trail to the area south of Cerro Picacho after all. I hiked it today...Read more
Wanderlusting Clayton, day 4

Wanderlusting Clayton, day 4

Dawn over Clayton Lake. After breakfast, I inspect the hole Coonzilla ripped in our tent. As the sun comes up, a large flock of buzzards circles to the south. I don’t think the Benadryl agreed with the raccoon. >:~> The wind has died down and the tent is more or...Read more
Wanderlusting Clayton, day 3

Wanderlusting Clayton, day 3

We awake to find the weather has taken a decided turn for the worse. (Which does not surprise us; we have been following the forecasts.) The vans take us to Folsom and on towards the valley of the Dry Cimarron. We stop at Folsom Falls, which is located in a...Read more