Monday, December 31, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 31, 2018 at 11:51PM


#GoodBye2018 -I leave you in the dust with faded #memories and the setting sun. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF-S 18-135mm STM lens. #HappyNewYear #HappyNewYear2019 via Instagram http://bit.ly/2AofXsI

Photos from the Trail: December 31, 2018 at 04:49PM


“Don’t park your heart in the past” -It’s been a rough year for everyone, don’t let the past twelve months get your head or your heart in the wrong place. Here’s to #NewYearsEve, the last #sunset of 2018 and bringing in the #NewYear with a glow! #TeamCanon explores the #BlueRidgeMountains with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF-S 10-18mm STM lens. . . . #mycanonstory #canonfanphoto #HappyNewYear #happynewyear2019 #grime #rust #abandoned #lostandfound #found #mystery #offthebeatenpath #neverstopexploring #insearchofquirk #digitalphotography #travel #explore #explorers #roadtrip #mondaymotivation via Instagram http://bit.ly/2AmgYle

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 30, 2018 at 04:41PM


#TopNine of #2018. From the deserts to the mountains, it’s been a long year. My #bestnine IG photos are driven by my passion for #hiking and #digitalphotography. via Instagram http://bit.ly/2EXVe2g

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 27, 2018 at 02:17PM


“Witches Fingers” -Well, when I’m #hiking, my first go-to #trail snack is NOT canned okra, but okay... Stumbled upon this very old canned good tucked next to a tree. Pulled it out and panicked at first “Aaaahhh human fingers!!! Oh, wait...” *No #witches were harmed in the making of this photo, we cool, sis. via Instagram http://bit.ly/2VcIk6g

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 26, 2018 at 12:06PM


“Frosted Corn Treats” -Looks like some critter abandoned their #breakfast. #Hiking thru some rolling foothills in the #WNC Blue Ridge. via Instagram http://bit.ly/2Ae1VK7

Monday, December 24, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 24, 2018 at 11:05PM


🎁 Went for a mini #hike this morning to fetch my #DIY gift wrap since I’m just terrible at wrapping #presents. At least I’m pretty good at picking presents out. #MerryChristmas to someone on my list that definitely deserves this @columbia1938 jacket. #giftideas #hikinggear #HappyHolidays via Instagram http://bit.ly/2EMnKE2

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 22, 2018 at 02:56PM


“Frozen Milkshakes” -A cool pair of chocolate moo-girls playing #hideandseek with my telephoto lens. #MyCanonStory takes place in the #BlueRidgeMountains with #CanonEOS T7i and EF-S 55-250 STM lens. #canonfanphoto via Instagram http://bit.ly/2ShxPwm

Friday, December 21, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 21, 2018 at 02:13PM


“Yuletide Feast” -My bird seed brings all the birdies to yard, and they’re like #NOMNOM... #TeamCanon #explores #WesternNorthCarolina with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF-S 55-250 STM lens. #NorthCarolina #BlueRidgeMountains via Instagram http://bit.ly/2QHhVPj

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 18, 2018 at 09:11AM


“The smirking Thief” -Not my best, but this fluffy jokester would wait for all the birdies to get settled in, eating birdseed and then deliberately run right thru the middle of them so they would fly off. #TeamCanon #explores the #SmokyMountains with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF-S 55-250 STM lens. #SQUIRREL via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Ercz38

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 16, 2018 at 11:50AM


“Dirty Paws, Pure Heart” -Sometimes I think she actually #loves the #snow. #TeamCanon #hiking the #SmokyMountains with the #CanonEOS T7i & EFS 10-18mm lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2LlGJXg

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 15, 2018 at 05:39PM


“Impression” - #TeamCanon in explores #SmokyMountains in #blackandwhite with the #CanonEOS T7i, EFs 10-18mm lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2EzazqL

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pepper meets her favorite snack.

Would you believe that up until this week, Pepper had never met a chicken before?



We went for a wander through our part of the mountain. Met some neighbor dogs, barked at some cows...and then we met this chicken I met earlier this week just hanging out in the snow.  Pepper was fascinated. She's now checked on this chicken two days in a row. 



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 11, 2018 at 05:47PM


“Forgotten Harvest” -When you’re so #rural even the corn whispers #lonely rustles... Sometimes it gets a little #creepy while #hiking out here. #TeamCanon #explores #NorthCarolina with the #CanonEOS T7i and EFS 18-135mm STM lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2GdW3Gm

Monday, December 10, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 10, 2018 at 10:26AM


“Catawba Cabins” -It’s quiet out today... #TeamCanon #hiking my #NorthCarolina #Mountains with the #CanonEOS T7i and 18-135 STM lens. #littleredbarn via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Lf9AfT

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 09, 2018 at 12:46AM


#itsthelittlethings -I stayed up til 2am to see my first #NorthCarolina #snow! #WNC is a #winterwonderland at #night! via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Eln5tB

Photos from the Trail: December 08, 2018 at 05:58PM


“Futility in the Forest” -Stumbled upon a pile of six #abandoned and #rust covered contraptions while #hiking deep within the #WNC #forest. It looks like a whole logging crew said “screw it” and just walked away into the #wilderness. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2L5mddk

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 06, 2018 at 12:00PM


“Ready for my close-up” Playing around with #macrophotography using my new @aukeylens and #iphone8plus smartphone! This is a “mystery cab” -meaning it was a random rough rock at the bottom of sale bin at a crystal shop, and I polished it myself during a #lapidary class. It’s not the best (I’m still pretty new to #cabbing), but I’m surprised how it turned out. BTW, any of you #rockhound peeps know what it might be? #rockcollecting #rockhounding via Instagram https://ift.tt/2EiIjZc

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 04, 2018 at 01:44PM


“A challenger Appears” - When you shoot things #POV (Pepper’s-Ol’-View?), everything looks a lot more intimidating, or hilarious. #TinyDog’s arch-nemesis, Brown Cow approaches. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2zBLXJJ

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Photos from the Trail: December 02, 2018 at 04:57PM


“Met the Newt Neighbors” -One of my neighbors stopped by late last night. Didn’t say much, kinda judgey, tbh... #ncwildlife #Testing out my #macrophotography smartphone skills with the #Aukey clip lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2BMzyE8

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 28, 2018 at 12:41PM


“Wanna go for an adventure?” -That Face says it all. She’s the reason I #hike. #hikingwithdogs #happytraildogs via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Qo0D8F

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 27, 2018 at 12:47PM


“Bug Eyed” - #VW Slug Bug Ranch, Texas. #TeamCanon telling #MyCanonStory in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and STM lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2TS1L3E

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 25, 2018 at 06:27PM


“This Motel has Bugs” -VW Slug Bug Ranch, outside Conway, Texas. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF-s 10-18mm STM lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2PXJDHj

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 24, 2018 at 01:50PM


“Found On Roadside Daily” -Sumtling thru the #NorthCarolina #wilderness, found an old baler on the side of an #abandoned logging road. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Ao7fKy

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 21, 2018 at 11:51AM


“Long Term Parking Ahead” -Cadillac Ranch, Texas. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF-s 10-18mm STM lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Qc4829

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

TBT: Warmer Weekends in the Desert with the Drone


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Monday, November 19, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 19, 2018 at 11:01PM


“Group Effort” -Sometimes you get by with a little help from your friends. La Luz Trail, Sandia Mountains. #Hiking #nofilter via Instagram https://ift.tt/2OSM6Nr

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 18, 2018 at 12:20PM


“Tricky Descent” “-Bighorn Sheep grazing near the #RioGrande Gorge Bridge, #NewMexico. #MyCanonStory captured with the #CanonEOS T7i & EF 55-250 STM. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2PCdyod

Friday, November 16, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 16, 2018 at 03:41PM


“Lost Treasure” -In the desert, sometimes it’s impossible to tell if you’ve stumbled across an ancient #abandoned #treasure, or if someone just dropped something accidentally on their hike. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2zbxJis

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 15, 2018 at 06:52PM


#TestedTough - RIP to my first @columbia1938 #hiking jacket, Calais Peak in a safety yellow (even back then I wanted to make sure people could see me on the trails). I’ll miss ya, but you made a lifelong fan out of me. got two of your “grandkids” to break in this season! via Instagram https://ift.tt/2K8gKBV

It's already Icy on the Trails -Where's your snow gear?

Literally a month ago, an internet friend started doing cute PSA's on the hiking groups regarding snow shoes and microspikes. Being in New Mexico, ask me if I listened to her....

Nope.

And then Pepper and I decided to tackle the La Luz Trail, less than a week after Halloween.  After spending an hour driving and sneezing (hey, it's still allergy season, how could it be snow, my naive southern self thought).

After a half-mile, we were greeted by the slippery, ice-underneath switchbacks of the La Luz covered in snow.


After the first mile of this: 

Pepper was rather annoyed with me, and honestly, I was annoyed with myself. 

I went on to Amazon and IMMEDIATELY ordered some YakTrax.  Thinking back, I realize I'm going to need these not just for hiking, but a couple years ago in NC, I slipped just trying to get the dogs to go pee in the morning. It was a pretty serious slip, not only could I not get up, my big dog just decided to wander off (thanks Lassie) and I had a mild concussion. Not FUN.

And seriously, for only a couple bucks more than the ones I had been looking at when my hiking friends were like "Well, you should probably look into some snow protection" I picked up the YakTrax with the strap.  As I've got wide feet, and I'm clumsy, the strap is going to help while trudging through the snow, tripping on rocks, or being my usually accident-prone self.

Here's the ones I picked up:



I'll be testing these out in the next couple weeks, and if I need more grip or more protection (again, I'm mostly in the desert and less icey conditions), I will get it.  I'm not 20 anymore, and I can't recover from a slip or fall like I used to.

 <--- Blurry photo of me slipping instead of paying attention to the trail. 


PS: Pepper wouldn't even look at me for half the hike. It takes her a while to shake off her little big attitude.

The best hiking boot I can't wear. Vasque Sundowner GTX.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 14, 2018 at 12:33PM


“Treasure in the Desert” -The #Southwest is one of the few places where you can go for a wander with the dog and stumble across #hidden #treasure. #rockhound trip in the foothills of #NewMexico. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2DllSRK

Monday, November 12, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 12, 2018 at 02:52PM


“The Standing Guard” - Plaza Blanca. Abiquiu, #NewMexico. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and STM lens. #blackandwhite via Instagram https://ift.tt/2RKSS9S

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 11, 2018 at 10:41AM


“LensFlare Hair, Don’t Care” - Sandia Crest House, 10,378 ft above sea level. Was really looking forward to a pumpkin chai from @sandiacresthouse, but they were closed. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2JWYfQO

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 10, 2018 at 04:39PM


“Low & Slow” -Usually used to describe a #hiking style, I’m pretty sure #TinyDog counts as low, and I’m the slow. If looks could talk, Pepper would be screaming “hurry up” right now. #hikingwithdogs #thisiswhyihike #weekend via Instagram https://ift.tt/2PYuLaR

Friday, November 9, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 09, 2018 at 12:34PM


#fridaymood -Actual photo of me getting excited to go #hiking this weekend. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and 18-135mm STM lens. #hikingwithdogs #happytraildogs via Instagram https://ift.tt/2JTNhvl

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 06, 2018 at 05:02PM


“March toward the Setting Sun” -So many faces and oddities formed within the stone at Plaza Blanca in Abiquiu, New Mexico. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and 18-135mm STM lens. #blackandwhite via Instagram https://ift.tt/2AQmDRm

Monday, November 5, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 05, 2018 at 03:09PM


“Bosque Bluff” -There’s a point in between Corrales and Bernalillo #NewMexico where you can see all the best parts of #Albuquerque. Funny that you have to step away from things to see them at their best. #landscape #newmexicotrue via Instagram https://ift.tt/2yOx5r1

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Adopting Sasquatch,Human Vessel and Britain's Roswell

Adopting Sasquatch,Human Vessel and Britain's Roswell

Photos from the Trail: November 04, 2018 at 02:31PM


“Stand Tall” - Just #TinyDog Pepper being magnificent. Plaza Blanca geologic formations just outside Abiquiu, New Mexico. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF-S 10-18mm STM lens. #mycanonstory #hikingwithdogs via Instagram https://ift.tt/2D0WDE8

Photos from the Trail: November 04, 2018 at 09:58AM


“The White Place” -Stumbling around in the footsteps of #georgiaokeeffe. Plaza Blanca was a nearby #hiking favorite of the artist where she would often draw #inspiration. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and STM lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2F6eLz5

Friday, November 2, 2018

Ordinary Hiker Update: I co-host a Paranormal Podcast!

ICYMI: I'm the co-host of a paranormal and weird news podcast.

The CreepGeeks Podcast features the latest fortean news from around the world, as well as some very lively off-beat conversation and interaction with friends.

If you want to check us out, go to CreepGeeks.com or find us on iTunes!

We just got done doing a really awesome Halloween special, and you can listen to it here:




One of the cool things about podcasting about weird topics is finding a way to integrate it into something you already like.  For example, I love hiking in the Jemez Mountains, and there's a lot of paranormal and cryptid reports from that region.  So, why not tie in any of my hikes with some brief investigations or exploring known hotspots?

Well, stay tuned, I hope to do just that in the next couple weeks.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Photos from the Trail: November 01, 2018 at 02:24PM


Dia de Los Muertos - The #DayOfTheDead celebrations in #NewMexico focus on gatherings of family & friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died, and assist those that have passed in the next phase of their #spiritualjourney. #diadelosmuertos #iamnewmexico #newmexicotrue #hikingselfie #sugarskull #calveras #blackandwhite via Instagram https://ift.tt/2P18Css

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Photos from the Trail: October 31, 2018 at 01:23PM


“Hey kid, wanna eat some candy and dance to Darude’s Sandstorm for 10 hours?” -We interrupt your regularly scheduled hiking photos for a #Halloween #photoshoot with #TinyDog! #TeamCanon tells #MyCanonStory with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF 24-105mm lens. #HappyHalloween everybody, Pepper’s off to catch a plane to Ibiza. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2zlE3Ds

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Photos from the Trail: October 30, 2018 at 08:27PM


“Sky Fire & Spires” -A place where #silence sets your soul on fire. Plaza Blanca, #NewMexico. #TeamCanon in the #Southwest with the #CanonEOS T7i and STM lens. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2yGs97y

Photos from the Trail: October 30, 2018 at 01:30AM


“Hooligan Hiker” - #shoutout to one of the first #hiking groups that took me in as one of their own. It’s hard enough meeting other hikers #IRL, much less Social Media. #TeamCanom with the #CanonEOS T7i and EF-S 10-18mm. #selfie #unlikelyhikers via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Q0yJw1

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Photos from the Trail: October 27, 2018 at 06:01PM


“Abandoned Tech” -Sometimes it makes me smile to see technology cast off in the wilderness, but this #haunting sight along the bosque cast a rather ominous vibe. #TeamCanon with the #CanonEOS T7i, EFS 18-135mm STM. #HappyHalloween #Spooky #Creepy #Found #Abandoned #blackandwhite via Instagram https://ift.tt/2O5gLXH

Friday, October 26, 2018

Photos from the Trail: October 26, 2018 at 10:53PM


#CabinFever -Stuck at home and bored. Broke out my supplies and #handmade some #crochet stitch markers and beaded zipper FOBs. #imadethis #fridaynight #fridayvibes #DIY #buyhandmade #crafts #crafting #crafty #makersgonnamake #makeityourself via Instagram https://ift.tt/2z5MCC1

Photos from the Trail: October 26, 2018 at 04:23PM


This is what #cabinfever looks like. I’ve been really sick the past couple weeks and we haven’t been on any big #adventures so #TinyDog decided to play #hideandseek. When I finally #found her she was moping in the blankets. #dogsofinstagram #blackandwhite #chihuahua #stayathome via Instagram https://ift.tt/2PugbY2

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Photos from the Trail: October 23, 2018 at 11:45AM


“Fleeting” Fall brings many journeys. Can’t wait to start mine. #CanonEOS T7i, 18-135 STM. Ghost Town of Madrid, #NewMexico. #nature #travel #hiking #butterfly #monarch #macro #macrophotography #getoutside #fall #roadtrip #newmexicotrue via Instagram https://ift.tt/2O2vcf4