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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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Pikes Peak Cog Railway Adventure


Pikes Peak Cog Railway, located in Manitou Springs, Colorado, is a fantastic ride through dense spruce and aspen forests up to 14,000 feet. Our Pikes Peak Cog Railway Adventure started nearly 2 hours late. There were high winds on Pikes Peak, with gusts up to 90 mph. Because of this, we could only go up to 12,000 feet that day.…

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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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How to Use a Life Straw


One of the best portable water filters you can get is the Life Straw. We love ours. It does take a bit of practice to get used to. You could end up very thirsty before you figure it out. Our hike in the Cumbres gave us the perfect opportunity to practice with the life straw some more. The boy’s had…

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