Dripping Springs Natural Area

Dripping Springs Natural Area – Trail into the Organ Mountains

Last Day in New Mexico for this trip.  9/22 is National Public Lands Day meaning it was time to get outside and stretch my legs.  No better place than the Organ Mountains right in Las Cruces just miles from the house. My mom Sue wanted to see Dripping Springs and hit the trails with me.  … Read more

Gila National Forest Scenic Drive

Gila National Forest - Views of Gila River

Tried to reach Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument– succeeded in visiting, but was too late for the main ranger-led hike and the trail was closed.  Decided to save for another time and just enjoy views of the Gila National Forest on Highway 15. This one is from the Senator Clinton P Anderson Overlook.  I’m not … Read more

City of Rocks State Park

City of Rocks State Park – Rock formations

Today was a bit more relaxed than typical.  Did laundry & packed up my hunting gear for shipment which kept me in Las Cruces all morning.  Headed out to Deming for lunch with Dad at Irma’s Restaurant which has some dynamite food (best chicken gorditas anywhere).  Plan for the day was to check out the … Read more

Chamizal National Memorial

Chamizal National Memorial - El Paso Gracias A Dios

On my way back to Cruces I passed through El Paso again.  Flash floods in the desert aren’t much fun to drive through and today looked like a good time for indoor activities. Lucky for me I was passing right by Chamizal National Memorial.  This site commemorates the peaceful settlement of the Chamizal boundary dispute, … Read more

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park - Covered in Clouds

Against my best efforts today was a bit of a bust.  Yesterday I got caught in a speed trap in Carlsbad which requires a mandatory court appearance (seriously?!).  Delayed my morning and ruined any chance of a decent hike.  I’m not a fan of this town and don’t plan to return.  Back on the road … Read more

Sitting Bull Falls

Sitting Bull Falls - Main Falls

Climbed out from Carlsbad Caverns with enough daylight left for long-shot destinations.  Where am I headed next?  Upwards into the mountains a bit in search of places less traveled.  Clouds were getting moody and threatening rain – not much fell, but the backdrop they provided was fantastic. Sitting Bull Falls If you follow this blog, … Read more

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Views in the Big Room

After a quick stop in Roswell I continued down the road to Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Couldn’t find any good camping but was able to score a surprisingly affordable AirBnB.  Word to the wise – DO NOT rely on getting any cheap accommodations here, it’s oil country and they price gouge for everything!  After driving all … Read more

International UFO Museum And Research Center

Roswell UFO Museum - Alien Landing

I left elk camp in search of something new.  Something that was true, that gave me answers to the emptiness I felt inside.  Oh wait – I just needed lunch.  Well anyways I was in Roswell now so figured I should check out some alien tourist traps.  I give you the tinfoil-hat Mecca known as … Read more

2018 New Mexico Elk Hunt

New Mexico Elk Hunt – Storm views across the plains

Our friend Jason drew an archery elk tag for New Mexico GMU 37 in September.  I didn’t draw myself but was lucky enough to help on the hunt for a few days.  Can’t give away our “secret” spots but this was near the town Capitan on Lincoln National Forest / BLM lands. We moved around … Read more