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El Malpais, New Mexico


One of our favorite stops in New Mexico is El Malpais National Monument. Conveniently situated off of Interstate 40, El Mal is surrounded by tribal lands and the Cibola National Forest. It’s a great place to pause in the drive between Flagstaff and Albuquerque. The National Park Service has a free guide to the history and culture of the El…

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Boost 02 review


I have always had respiratory problems. Spending the majority of my adult life in the dryer air of the desert and the mountains has helped significantly. Being back in the city with the heat and the smog and the congestion has taken its toll. I haven’t had an asthma attack yet, but the breathing is a little bit labored. When we…

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Florida – Making the Most of Not Enough Time


The Silver Bullet is coming up on her first birthday. With me, anyway. Last year, the man-of-the-place purchased a truck bed off Ebay, and decided for the price of shipping, we could go to Florida to pick it up and have some fun while there. It also provided an opportunity to test out the new-to-me truck, pulling the trailer on…

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5 Steps to Avoid Altitude Sickness


We normally reside at about 7500 feet, but even then, at above 10000 feet I notice the effects of the altitude. Cumbres Pass is over 10,000 feet in elevation. When we went on our hike, I noted several symptoms of altitude sickness in myself and immediately took steps to prevent it. Drink lots of water As we started out on…

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What’s in Your Day Pack?


A light, but well-stocked day pack is essential to an enjoyable hike. Snacks, first-aid supplies, water, camera, notebook, rain poncho – these are just the basics. Most supplies are small and light, so you don’t have to carry a heavy or bulky pack. After hiking the Cumbres, my new plan is to walk or ride our bikes into town every day…

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