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The Dark Side of the Moon

Like astronauts circling the moon, we will lose contact with the rest of our world when we entered Canada.  No phone, text or internet (Verizon roaming rates are prohibitive).  So we’ve scheduled our online bill paying, unsubscribed from everything we … Continue reading

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Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos NM

  Ever since our first trip West when our kids were young, we have always been fascinated by ancestral Puebloan sites in the American Southwest.  Bandelier has been on our radar for a long time. On our way from train … Continue reading

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Mushroom Collecting in the San Juans

August is mushroom season in the southern Rocky Mountains.  Doctors, dentists, students, professors, locals and tourists all head to the high country to search for wild tasty mushrooms.  The most prized are the chanterelle which occur from 8000 to 10000 … Continue reading

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Purgatory Flats Trail

Purgatory Flats is another fabulous hiking trail in the Durango CO area.  We were fortunate to hike with David and Kathryn from the hill country of Texas.  Hiking with another couple allowed us the ability to shuttle to the trailhead … Continue reading

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Yosemite and Gold Country

Yosemite National Park has to be one of the most beautiful places on this planet.  Everywhere you turn in the valley there are gorgeous views of massive rock formations, waterfalls, forests and pastoral meadows.  There are 3 groves of Giant … Continue reading

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Monterey California

Monterey was our re-entry point from our time in the wild Big Sur country.  Time for a minor re-stock.  We found Monterey to be a lovely small city surrounded by more lovely towns and coast.  It was the capital of … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree

Just a little north of Palm Springs CA is Joshua Tree National Park.  It is a fascinating place where the Sonora and Mohave deserts meet.  The high country (3ooo to 6000 feet) is Mohave and home to the fantastic Joshua … Continue reading

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Mohave Preserve, Kelso Depot, Zzyzx

A great day trip from Twenty Nine Palms CA takes us North into Mohave National Preserve.  This is a huge natural desert  area with a visitor center housed in the beautifully restored Union Pacific Kelso Depot originally built in 1924. … Continue reading

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Cascade Hike

Another great day in Durango.  One of the unique activities afforded by the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is the chance to be dropped off in the wilderness for dayhikes or overnight hikes.  The train gets you deep into … Continue reading

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Railfest 2012

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad celebrated Railfest again August 17-20.   This year the fest was managed by True West Magazine.  We think this was an attempt to broaden the appeal beyond train fans.  Of course , to … Continue reading

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