Chicken Corners

Down the Reddit rabbit hole I fell. The longer I lay awake, the further, and harder I fell.

It started with an image of a dust covered Jeep. Although it was the beautiful red rocks that surrounded it that really captured my attention. It only took me a few days to track down all the information I needed to know I could pull this off. Anything else was up in the air, but that’s all I needed at that time. Once I knew it was doable with what I already had on hand, I knew it was only a matter of time.


Moab is exactly a 6 hour and 4 minute drive from my house. After packing the truck and kissing my critters goodbye, Brian & I took off for the New Mexico border. Now while we’re fully aware that there is a global pandemic going on, we packed in such a way that required no human contact for the duration of our trip – extra gas, all the food (and them some) for all meals in the Yeti cooler, Tepui tent sleeping quarters, and all the other ammenities to make travel comfortable and devoid of all human contact.

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Kane Springs Road

We arrived with plenty of time to scope out our camp for the night. It was a balmy 107 at the peak of the afternoon when we arrived. Brian stayed in the air conditioned truck, while I basked in the heat after freezing my butt off in Alaska for 4 years.

The prettiest bathroom.
Baby lizard seeking out shade
Home Sweet Home

I will say when the sun finally set it was the perfect temperature for sleeping. We were up with the sun and it was a beautiful time for photos while breakfast cooked on the grill.

Sunrise in Moab
Close up
Red Rocks

After packing up, we hit the trail for the off-road adventure we had come here for: Chicken Corners OHV Trail. There’s not much I can say about my experience of climbing over 4,500 feet of rocky trail in one of the most beautiful places I have had the priveledge of exploring, so I’m just going to let my pictures doing the talking for me. Enjoy.

Potash Mines from the top of Hurrah Pass
Coming down the pass
Rock formation
Chicken Corners
Layers of the Valley
Colorado River basin
Tepui
Contrasting colors
Sheep!
Sheeps!
Baby jumps
Three’s a crowd
The whole gang
The mighty Colorado
End of the road
The Red Rocks that brought me here

I’m supposed to be back on the East coast visiting my family for the first time in over two years, but thanks to Covid, that trip will have to wait until another time. I’d take time with my family over just about any adventure any time, but as a consolation prize, this was about as good as they get.

New Mexican Kidnapping

It takes all kinds to make the world go round. Even so, it still amazes me that there are people out there who prefer to stay in their own little bubble over getting out and exploring the world around them.

My friend, Monica, is one of them. I’ve been threatening to kidnap her since just after I met her roughly 1 year ago. Today, I finally made good on my threat.

See you on the next adventure… xoxo.

Overnight at the Aquarium

As a kid at heart, when I learned that the local Aquarium does overnight stays, I knew I had to do it. Unfortinately, as they only open up about 30 slots per overnighter, they fill up fast. I missed my chance at the first few, but finally got lucky & in March I drug both my sleeping bag & Brian to the aquarium for an overnight adventure.

The behind the scenes tour into the food preparation room and above the shark tanks was certainly the highlight of the night.

Full lobster shed
Behind (and above) the scenes

Due to the small size of the aquarium here, I’m not sure that I would go again, but if given the chance for the experience somewhere like the Baltimore Aquarium, I’d jump on it in a heartbeat.

I just adore this little guys teeth

xoxo.

Gilman Tunnels

Just a few miles up FS Road 376, in the Jemez Mountains sits two tunnels, carved out of rocks. The original purpose of these tunnels was to assist the former Santa Fe Northwestern Railroad safe passage through the canyon hauling lumber out of the heart of the Jemez.

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This also happened to be the scene of Yago’s first off-leash adventure since he was adopted into the Bennett family. I do believe he enjoyed his first day of freedom.

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Merry Christmas

Another Christmas has come and gone. I had a little fun with my co-workers this year by surprising one of the Attorneys with a custom creation of themselves AND snuck in to work over Thanksgiving weekend and created a bit of a holiday wonderland for the co-workers in my building.

Greggles

I hope you & yours had a wonderful 2019 holiday season & a beautiful 2020. See you next year! xoxo,

Date Night(s)

Life has been a little hectic and more than a little stressful lately. Despite all that, we’ve been trying to carve out a little time to forget about the world and just have a good time. Date nights have included a few random road trips, bowling for a cause, professional bull riding, winning big at the casino, a magic show, and even a cat show.
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Feel free to share your favorite date night ideas!

Wedding Season

One of my co-workers threw a lavish Old School Hollywood style wedding that Brian & I were lucky enough to be on the guest list. It was fun to get dressed up for the night & celebrate the love of two awesome people.5F873E8A-2D92-44AB-9D82-A89A56BF339C