In the mid 1980s, Vermont friends injected a little levity into a local cross-country ski race that had become a bit too competitive.
On what felt like the first day of spring, we returned to Skates Canyon with the Gila Hikers.
At the last minute, a major storm swung south, releasing over two feet of snow in the Sacramento Mountains.
After 23 years of trying, I finally succeeded in chasing a major snowstorm north into the higher mountains for a couple of days of phenomenal cross-country skiing!
It was 10 years ago that we wandered into the Gila Lower Box while exploring some back roads along the AZ-NM border. I've been hankering to return to the area ever since.
How to relive some of the excitement of my initial visits to the Cat Walk, which is now hopelessly tamed by a series of overbuilt industrial-grade steel skyways? One way is to approach it from above, via the Gold Dust Trail.
The West Fork Gila just might be the perfect fall hike. A cold start is the price you pay for maximum color, but it's totally worth it.
In 1986, I took a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad, and fell in love with the Southwest. For my 70th birthday, my gift was to take that ride again.
After an extraordinarily hot, dry Summer, we got a week of intermittent rain courtesy of tropical storms pounding the Gulf of Mexico. We decided it might be a good time to check out a possible alternate access to Noonday Canyon.
After a most welcome bout of cool, rainy weather, the heat has returned. We had to cancel our trip to Chaco Canyon, but we promised ourselves some local adventures as compensation. At the top of the list was Sheep Corral Canyon. This is one of the few roads that provides access to a remote section of the Continental Divide Trail.
Fortunately, in late August, our thirsty forest was blessed with backwash from a series of tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico. With the rain came some relief from record high temperatures. Our hiking group had been waiting for the weather to cool off enough to splash in the Middle Fork of the Gila River.
The Forest Service is throwing everything they have at the fires, but there are too many! What will happen if the crazy heat continues? Or if it gets worse? I've been hiking, backpacking and camping in the Gila Wilderness for 25 years. Will there be anything left of it when this awful Summer is over?
This year's monsoon is dangerously late, and temperatures are averaging 10 degrees above normal. But we were heading north, and the monsoon was on its way. How bad could it be?
The very hot weather has arrived, but the Gila Hikers kept their cool in a high wet canyon.
We are just emerging from the bubble that was Fiesta Latina 2023. What a lovely four-day event, filled with art, music, dance and thoughtful discussion! We were dazzled by the extraordinary talent it brought to our town.
Since 2007, we've been celebrating Field Day with our ham radio buddies at remote, high-elevation locations in Arizona and New Mexico. This year we had planned to return to a prime spot in the Gila National Forest, but when temperatures suddenly soared into the high 90s, we redirected to one of our favorite camping areas in the White Mountains of Arizona.
We rarely camp more than one or two nights at any one location. But we stayed five days at Snow Lake, and it was barely enough time.
Though it gets far less press than the Gila, the Rio Grande or the San Juan, the Pecos is one of New Mexico's most important rivers. The purpose of this trip was to follow the Pecos north from Bottomless Lakes to Villanueva, enjoying our New Mexico State Parks pass along the way.