Spring in Albuquerque

So, having had no takers on the invitation to climb Buckman Mesa, and having gotten an email reminder of the mineral and gem show in Albuquerque, I decided I’d take today to go to the mineral and gem show and visit some interesting spots along the way. I figured I...Read more

8th annual Kent Is Getting Older adventure

Spring is approaching, the weather is getting warm, and I am getting the wanderlust. Besides, I turn older on March 31, and I’ve gotten in the habit of taking that day off and going somewhere I’ve never gone before. Since some of you have expressed interest in hiking with me...Read more

Wanderlusting Truchas

So there was enough rain yesterday that I decided not to go to the effort of trying to find a hiking partner, and decided instead to follow another New Mexico Geological Society road log. This one was to the Truchas area, and dated back to 1979. It had the merit...Read more


I took Nathan to his smash tournament yesterday. We arrived in Albuquerque a little after 11:00 and he got checked in. Nathan is the one with the blue backpack. I headed to the Mormon temple, where I would be receiving ordinances (sacraments) on behalf of John Haddow (1669-?). John is...Read more

Mastering Hugin

It’s warm and dry today, but overcast, so I may hike in the neighborhood but will probably not make a full wanderlust of it. Tomorrow I’m scheduled to take Nathan to another smash tournament in Albuquerque, and rain is predicted, so I doubt I’ll do much in that area. Monday...Read more

A tip of the Wanderlust hat

To friend of the Wanderlust, Teejay, who nudged me into looking into software for stitching together photographs into a panorama. It turns out that there is a pretty decent freeware package out there for Ubuntu, Hugin, which I tried out on some of my old panoramas. At its most basic,...Read more

A fistful of wanderlust

So I got up at 7:30 and checked the weather. Hardly a cloud in the sky. Well then. I had the usual breakfast; packed up the new camera, spare memory cards, spare batteries, my backpack, my new walking stick, a couple of road logs, my glucose meter, an orange and...Read more

Lenticular clouds

Lenticular clouds form when there is a steady wind at middle altitudes and moisture levels not quite at saturation. When the wind passes over a mountain range, such as the Sangre de Cristo range seen here (east of my home), the flow is displaced upwards, the air expands and cools,...Read more

Playing with the new camera

So I was headed to Albuquerque today to attend the sealing of an older couple from my Mormon congregation. In their case, as a couple married for decades, this amounts to a renewal of vows in a Mormon context. It was sweet. I did not plan to stay in Albuquerque...Read more