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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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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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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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Creekside City Park, Sisters, Oregon


We took the rv for a test drive to Creekside City Park, Sisters, OR after it came back from having the transmission repaired. We wanted to give it a good distance test with some mountain climbing. It did just great and we had a nice day trip. We meandered through the mountains and stopped here for a bit of exploring.…

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Up the Oregon Coast


We left Portland for a weekend in Astoria and decided to take the coastal route. Our first night was spent at the Big Spruce RV Park in Netarts Bay. This is definitely worth a return trip. The park is small, but quiet (at least when we were there) and we took a pull through spot near the entrance. Right across…

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