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My Drive Home…

January 12, 2013

gallina peak

View of Gallina Peak on my drive home.  I usually hike to the top every year.

 It is very beautiful in fall when the aspens turn golden.  The trail begins right out my door.

Santa Barbara Canyon, NM

January 5, 2013

Each summer my family goes on a camping trip.  This past summer we chose Santa Barbara Canyon, New Mexico.  It rained while we hiked in, rained each afternoon, and hailed while we hiked out.  I guess that is to be expected when camping during monsoon season.

The hiking trail is well maintained. and easy to hike.  It passes through tall coniferous forest, open meadow, aspen forest, and follows the Rio Santa Barbara.  Unfortunately the almost all of the Aspen leaves have a dull green look due to some kind of fungus.

We hiked to a huge beaver dam. Later, a ranger explained that there are no beavers left in the area due to hunting and the dam was from the 1950’s.  Also we saw many grazing cows including a calf. Cows are ver large up close.  My dog enjoyed rolling in the cow poop.  We had to dunk her in the river and only pet her head.

beaver dam

beaver dam 2

santa b

santa b 2

santa b 3

Garden Pet

May 2, 2012

Earlier today I was digging and found a new pet.  Never have I seen a tarantula in the yard before.  Maybe it is up at this altitude (8000 ft) because the winter was so mild.  I am glad they are not aggressive to humans, especially since I accidentally ruined its lair.


Heart Lake

July 24, 2010

This past week I went backpacking  to Heart Lake, NM.  After 2 miles of very rough road, we parked by Cabresto Lake and hiked 4.5 miles uphill in the rain to Heart Lake. It was gorgeous and due to the weather no other campers were present.



Osa and Truper

Osa and Truper

This is a photo of Truper, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and Osa, an Akita mix.  Below they are pictured with their best friend, the neighbors’ dog, Lucky


Osa, Truper, and Lucky

Osa, Truper, and Lucky





Blanca by the chicken coop.  She really doesn’t like to be outside on snowy days.