Walnut Canyon National Monument, AZ

Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago. Peer into their homes, cliff dwellings built deep within canyon walls. The presence of water in a dry land made the canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabitants. It remains valuable today as habitat for plants and […]

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, NM

Once, thriving American Indian trade communities of Tiwa and Tompiro speaking Puebloans inhabited this remote area of central New Mexico. Early in the 17th-century Spanish Franciscans visited the area and found it ripe for their missionary efforts. However by 1677 the entire Salinas District, was depopulated of both Indian and Spaniard alike. What remains today […]

Petroglyph National Monument, NM

Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including volcanoes, archeological sites and an estimated 24,000 carved images. After picking Heidi up at the airport we drove a mere 15 minutes to this site in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We had a short PB&J lunch before hiking in the blazing sun along the […]

Manzano Mountains State Park, NM

On Sept. 18th we had to be in Albuquerque to pick Heidi up at the airport. I wanted to camp close enough to the city the night before so that we wouldn’t have to travel too far to meet her the following day. We ended up picking a state park nestled in the Manzano Mountains. […]

Smokey Bear Museum, Capitan, NM

Smokey Bear isn’t the famous icon he used to be. Today’s kids are more interested in the rotating cast of characters on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Disney channels. But that wasn’t always the case. According to a 2001 survey, 95% of adults in the US recognized the mascot for the US Forest Service’s campaign. The […]

UFO Museum, Roswell, NM

The UFO Museum (& Research Center) in Roswell, New Mexico was a bit of a disappointment. I’m not sure what I was expecting – maybe something a bit more visually stimulating? After all, when it comes to alien art even the sky isn’t the limit. However, what you get for your $5 is access to […]

Hiking in the Guadelupe Mountains

You could spend a good two weeks hiking this National Park and not cover half the ground. The park is close enough to Carlsbad Caverns (just across the state line in New Mexico) that we could drive there for the bat flight and then return to camp. The next morning we did the 4-mile Devil’s […]

Monahans Sandhills State Park, TX

We pulled into Monahans Sandhills State Park after dark and set up camp. Trey went to sleep not realizing how big the sandbox he would get to play in was going to be. Before sunrise I got up and headed to the top of a dune to take pictures. A bit later Trey woke up […]

Dallas Fountains & JFK

After the cattle drive in Fort Worth we swung by downtown Dallas where we let the kids cool off in a fountain (it was about 100 degrees with no cloud cover). Not only did they enjoy it, but so did all the business men & women passing by who got quite a laugh at the […]