Underground Wonders at Carlsbad Caverns and Foggy Hiking at Guadalupe Mountains

East of El Paso, in a remote corner of the Chihuahuan Desert, two national parks straddle the border between Texas and New Mexico. Since we were in the area, we made sure to plan a visit to the almost-adjacent Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Camping at Guadalupe Mountains The only campground … Read moreUnderground Wonders at Carlsbad Caverns and Foggy Hiking at Guadalupe Mountains

Sun, Sand, Space, and Nuts in Alamogordo, NM

Driving from T or C to our next destination in Alamogordo was a challenge, because a weather front brought us 20 mph winds that whipped up the fine New Mexico sands into fog-like sandstorms. Despite the inauspicious start to our stay, we ended up really enjoying Alamogordo. We took our cues directly from our friends … Read moreSun, Sand, Space, and Nuts in Alamogordo, NM

Quick Stopover at Cochiti Lake, NM

In a true testament to the ruggedness of New Mexico terrain, the distance from our campground at Bandelier National Monument to our next campsite at the Cochiti Lake Recreation Area is less than 10 miles as the crow flies, but our relocation drive was 75 miles long and involved backtracking through Santa Fe. We had … Read moreQuick Stopover at Cochiti Lake, NM

Atomic City Explorations

As certified science geeks, we could not visit northern New Mexico without making a stop at Los Alamos, home of the scientific laboratory component of the Manhattan Project which created the world’s first nuclear weapons. The extreme secrecy of the project’s purpose and location – personnel, supplies, and mail all arrived in Santa Fe – … Read moreAtomic City Explorations

Enjoying Dark Skies at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

One place that we did not want to miss on our grand summer tour of Colorado is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Although this park seems to be one of the lesser-known national parks – perhaps because it was only upgraded from a National Monument to a National Park in 1999 – we … Read moreEnjoying Dark Skies at Black Canyon of the Gunnison