The Mystery and Allure of Petroglyphs (By S. Mally)

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

We are fortunate to be living in New Mexico where you can find petroglyphs in several locations. We have been to the better-known sites such as Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, the Wells Petroglyph Preserve near Velarde, and the Three Rivers Petroglyph site north of Tularosa. Near Santa Fe, we have found amazing panels of […]

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Introducing our downtown walking tour! (By J. Abbiss)

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Santa Fe is a place that stays with you. From the smooth adobe walls to the 300 days of sunny skies, “The City Different” is consistently ranked one of America’s best small cities. As the nation’s oldest capital city, Santa Fe has acted as a convergence point for Pueblo, Spanish, and Anglo people for centuries. What […]

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Chimayo – The Lourdes of America (By J. Abbiss)

Friday, April 1st, 2016

On the days leading up to Good Friday, Interstate 285 North was sporting some new additions. Having never lived in New Mexico in the Spring, I had no explanation as to why hundreds of orange cones sprinkled the side of the highway. Nor did I have an explanation for the sign that read “Walkers Ahead,” […]

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Snowshoeing in New Mexico (By J. Abbiss)

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Growing up in a heavily populated suburb close to New York City, the most outdoor activity I was exposed to were trips to the crowded playground and sprinting across the potholed street to the bagel store. So when I up and moved to New Mexico this past summer, the sheer vastness of unpopulated land and […]

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The Revenant, Winter in the Rockies, and Snowshoeing (By J. Lewis)

Friday, February 5th, 2016

In “The Revenant,” which is now in theatres, Leonardo de Caprio portrays mountain man Hugh Glass who was a real trapper in the early 1800s in the Western United States. The movie is spectacular and has already been nominated for a variety of Oscars including Best Actor and Best Cinematography. But how much of it […]

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New Mexico’s Rock Art (By J. Abbiss)

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Rock Art in New Mexico, or petroglyphs and pictographs, offer a glimpse into southwestern life dating back nearly 3,000 years. Petroglyphs, which are images cut into rock surfaces, can be found throughout the entire state, with large concentrations present at the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque and La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site near Santa Fe. Petroglyphs […]

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O’Keeffe Country – Abiquiu (By Julia Abbiss)

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Farmhouses, cottonwood trees, and endless blue skies accompany us as we make our way down the dirt road leading to Plaza Blanca. Plaza Blanca is a white limestone canyon made famous by artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who named the area the “White Place” in her paintings. Once out of the car, we make our descent down […]

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Rio en Medio (By Julia Abbiss)

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Rio en Medio is a locally-loved, picturesque trail located in the Santa Fe National Forest. The entire trail runs along the river, requiring hikers to make multiple river crossings – a task made more adventurous with the high water levels resulting from this past monsoon season. For this reason, hiking poles are recommended to help […]

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks (By Julia Abbiss)

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Growing up, I was always told to stop looking down when I hike. I can’t help it. My eyes naturally and automatically fixate on the ground in front of me so as to scan the safety of the area I’m treading on. This habit of mine was broken, however, when I visited Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks […]

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Winter Adventures in Santa Fe (By Sue Mally)

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I’m on a mission. To promote winter! Many of us, myself included, often dread the shorter winter days, frigid temperatures and snow-covered roads. Winter seems to be a time for hibernation, a season to burrow into our dens or warm homes, and await the coming of Spring. Winter in Santa Fe, however, is different. Of […]

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Purple Adobe Lavender Farm (By Sue Mally)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Lavender – the word alone conjures up vibrant images of Provence, France, and delights the senses. Lavender has a multitude of uses – as an herb for culinary purposes, as an ingredient in bath and beauty products, as a stress reliever, or as a soothing scent in your closet or lingerie drawer. I have always […]

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Bandelier – Ancient Puebloan Ruins (By Sue Mally)

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Bandelier, located approximately 43 miles from Santa Fe, is a popular destination for many visitors to northern New Mexico. Designated a National Monument in 1916, the park covers 33,750 acres and has 70 miles of hiking trails. The park is best known for the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings located a short distance from the Visitor Center. […]

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