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