The Fantastical Columnar Basalts of the Diablo Canyon Recreational Area

Diablo Canyon Recreational Area is located to the northwest of the city of Santa Fe, NM. Diablo Canyon Recreational Area is known for its incredible basalt columns and is a popular hiking and climbing location, and has appeared in numerous film sets.

Weekend Trip: White Sands National Park

This past weekend we ventured to White Sands National Park. The park is famous for its sparkling white sand dunes, which exist in the middle of the southern New Mexico desert. I'll talk a bit about kid-organization, and a bit about the geology of White Sands.

Be Here Now Sign in fall aspen foliage.

It’s Fall

The best time of year. I'm spending as much time in the woods as I can, catching the changing seasons and savoring the cooler temperatures. This past weekend we did a 'divide and conquer' hike, with me and kids starting a hike in an aspen wonderland, then returning to the car while my husband hiked …

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Hiking Foot Care, or, I have Bony Feet

As I’ve been training for my Mt. Whitney hike, which will take place later this month, I’ve been doing a lot of hiking. One of the questions I get most often both from runners and hikers is how to prevent blisters.  I have bony, narrow feet. In particular, one of the things that I need …

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Running…at almost one year postpartum

Over the past few months, I have been working slowly on returning to running after having baby #3 on year ago last May. This spring has been a series of starts and stops, far from the consistency I usually work towards. What has been consistent is that I am making progress towards running farther and …

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Hiking and Walking Locally, What’s to know?

Social distancing and continued coronavirus concerns have prompted many to turn to walking, hiking, and running/trail running for exercise as gyms and other group exercise activities remain off limits.  Spending time in nature hiking, walking, or running is a great way to move your body out of work-from-home pose, get some exercise, get away from …

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We’re back (slowly!)

It's been a few months since I've posted here, and what a tumultuous time it has been. Our son was born in late May, healthy and well; he is thriving as we move into his second month, in a record hot summer. Newborn life is a whirlwind and a cocoon. As usual after a new …

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Kids in Charge: Planning Activities

Recently, I wrote about flexibility when planning activities with kids. Today, I'm writing about stepping back and letting my children take more of a planning role in our activities. My family loves to hike. I have a lot of ideas about where and how to hike in and around Albuquerque. My daughters also have a …

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A Fall to Remember

September had two major events for me and my family. First, I defended my PhD dissertation the second week of September. This is huge! I started my PhD at the University of New Mexico, where I study geology, in 2010. I took a year off following the birth of my first daughter (2012-2013), but otherwise, …

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Color in Motion race coupon!

Hey New Mexico Runners! Color in Motion is hosting a 5k race in Albuquerque on August 3, 2013.  You can participate as an individual, or a team in this hilarious get-color-plastered event.  If you're looking for a reason to get some exercise and have fun with fellow runners, sign up and beat the August heat …

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