Phantastes Underground

First off, before even looking at these images go order yourself a copy of George MacDonald’s PHANTASTES. The man was C.S.Lewis’ inspiration (Lewis didn’t write a single book that didn’t quote MacDonald at least once) and the fantasy world he creates in that novel is nothing short of beautiful. Ordered it? Good. Now you can […]

El Malpais National Monument, NM

Molten rock created an eerie world of lava tube caves, cinder cones, pressure ridges, and bridges. A closer look reveals diverse flora and fauna adapted to exotic environments. Ancient cairns, prehistoric ruins, and homesteads show how people have related to this primeval place. El Malpais is one of those vast wilderness areas that would take weeks to explore […]

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 […]