Wedding wanderlust, day 3

The previous day may be found here. I had started to feel achy and with a sore throat on Tuesday, though it was easy to chalk this up to hiking in a dry climate. Wednesday I woke up feeling crummy enough to realize that I had a bad cold. Well,...Read more

Wedding wanderlust, day 2

Day 1 may be found here. I slept reasonably well, considering, and was up before the crack of dawn to work on breakfast. Yeah, I know. There is decidedly some dawn already cracked in that photograph. I had been up some time before taking it, and the tent is already...Read more

Wedding wanderlust

My niece, Jenni, got married this week in Logan, Utah. This is my brother Scott’s first child to get married, and I thought it was important to attend. Cindy could not come along (the usual difficulty with one of us needing to be here for the sick kids) so it...Read more

Wanderlusting the Valles north rim

Today was the first day of this season in which I had the whole day open, the Valles Preserve was issuing back country permits, and the weather was forecast to be excellent. So I decided this would be the perfect day to go and repeat some panoramas with my new...Read more

Wanderlusting Plaza Blanca

With a brief digression. Last weekend was a bit insane. I had routine appointments with my doctor and my dental hygienist Friday, and a trip to Albuquerque with Nathan on Saturday that had enough other things going on that I had no opportunity to hike while there. I had to...Read more

Wanderlusting Buckman Mesa

No wanderlust last weekend. And that’s Friday, before the big snow hit. Saturday I awoke to six inches of snow on the ground. This ruined my hiking plans, but I got a lot of work done on the book, and the late snow is going to help a lot with...Read more

Just another Placitas wanderlust

I was having a pretty good week until Tuesday night, when my throat became increasingly sore and I started feeling pretty crummy. I woke up in the early hours of Wednesday morning feeling like death warmed over, turned off my alarm clock, and gave up on work that day. I...Read more

Ticket to wanderlust

This is going to be a twofer. I was going to take Thursday the 30th off for my birthday, but my department scheduled a meeting with guests from out of town that I couldn’t get out of. Friday the 31st, my actual birthday, I had off already on my 9/80...Read more


I have a tradition of going on an especially grand wanderlust to celebrate my birthday each year. I try to pick somewhere close by but which I’ve never been before. For example, last year I visited the Cerros del Rio, which has been right across the canyon from my home...Read more

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