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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The Hike That Wasn’t

Compared to my usual, I have not had much time for exploring the great outdoors of my new home state. So when both Brian & I had a Sunday free we took advantage of the nice weather and headed out for a hike.

Having had good beginners luck with different hiking books in various states, I had picked up 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque not long after we rolled into town. The hikes have never really been described well in the book & I have been grateful that the hikes I’ve done in it so far have been urban enough that I didn’t mind getting a little lost. However, Brian & I drove about 45 minutes out of the city for this hike and it wasn’t until we had had enough that we finally found the actual ‘trail’ we were supposed to be on. Overall, we still accomplished 3 miles of… – let’s call it a walkabout – and Kratos got to stretch his legs.DSC_8537
Needless to say, I’m taking a bike ride to Barnes & Noble’s at some point today to check out other local guide books. If you’re from the Land of Enchantment & have any guide books or trails you recommend, please share them!Smile

Petroglyphs

Not far from our home lies one of the most unique parks I’ve had the chance of visiting – Petroglyphs National Monument. Being only a twenty-minute drive from where I rest my head every night, this place was high on my priority list of places to visit soon after arriving in the Duke City. Today we had the chance to head out and explore a bit of the park. I’m more than excited to get to experience more of this place as time goes on.Petroglyphs - 1Petroglyphs - 4Petroglyphs - 5Petroglyphs - 6Petroglyphs - 8Petroglyphs - 9Petroglyphs - 11Petroglyphs - 13

Annual Camping Trip

My mother-in-law has been telling me about the annual family camping trip since before Brian & I got married. Finding myself not working and back in the lower 48, I planned a trip out to Montana to spend the 4th of July with my husbands family. It was a blitz trip in the woods before packing up the u-Haul and relocating our household goods to our future home in New Mexico; that’s for another post…Montana - 1Montana - 2Montana - 4Montana - 6Montana - 18Montana - 17Montana - 16Montana - 15Montana - 3Montana - 14Montana - 13Montana - 12Montana - 11Montana - 10Montana - 9Montana - 8Montana - 19Montana - 20Montana - 21Montana - 22Montana - 7Montana - 23Montana - 24Montana - 25Montana - 26Montana - 27Montana - 28Montana - 29Montana - 30Montana - 42Montana - 54Montana - 53Montana - 41Montana - 40Montana - 52Montana - 51Montana - 39Montana - 38Montana - 50Montana - 49Montana - 37Montana - 36Montana - 48Montana - 47Montana - 35Montana - 34Montana - 46Montana - 45Montana - 33Montana - 32Montana - 44Montana - 43Montana - 31IMG_2556

Bowman the Beautiful

Dogs are to me as horses are to my old roommate Debbie. For as long as I’ve known her I’ve known her love of horses as well as her dream to once again own one someday. Since parting ways & moving to Florida, Debbie has made that dream come true for herself. I had the chance this past week to stop in and meet not only her wonderful fiancé, Phil, but her beautiful horse, Bowman. Cool Tower At DebbiesDebbie McDebberton - 6Debbie McDebberton - 26Debbie McDebberton - 35Debbie McDebberton - 50Debbie McDebberton - 51Debbie McDebberton - 52Debbie McDebberton - 53Debbie McDebberton - 54Debbie McDebberton - 55Debbie McDebberton - 75Debbie McDebberton - 76Debbie McDebberton - 77Debbie McDebberton - 81Debbie McDebberton - 82Debbie McDebberton - 88Debbie McDebberton - 89Debbie McDebberton - 93Debbie McDebberton - 94Debbie McDebberton - 95Debbie McDebberton - 96Debbie McDebberton - 100Debbie McDebberton - 122Debbie McDebberton - 123Debbie McDebberton - 124

Ray in PA

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We immediately hit the road for photo opps at some of my favorite local places.Ray in PA - 9Ray in PA - 8

It also just happened to be Ray’s birthday, so my mom whipped up a birthday cake for the occasion & a special dinner (that may or may not have coincidentally been my favorite meal).
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After dinner, and with daylight quickly fading, we hurriedly picked up my brother and headed off to Mt. Davis – the tallest point in Pennsylvania. We arrived in the parking lot to find a man with the hood of his car popped scratching his head. My brother, knowing a bit about cars himself, stopped to help the guy out while Ray & I wandered off to snag a few quick photos and pick up a couple nearby geocaches. When we returned to the parking lot my brother was loading stuff from the stranded car into his. Turns out, it was going to need a tow back to New Jersey so my brother was kind enough to open his home up to a total stranger and his traveling companion: a full grown mastiff. (We grew up in a very small town in a more remote part of the state – getting a hotel for the guy wasn’t an option and getting him to one would mean driving a few hours round trip for us). This brought back strong memories to a time when I was stranded in the middle of nowhere Canada and a strangers kindness saved me from disaster. Or at least further disaster. So I wanted to take a paragraph and humble brag about my brother & him proving that there are still good people out there in the world. Also, what are the odds that there would be two serial killers in one car?Ray in PA - 14Ray in PA - 15
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Before Ray left on Sunday afternoon we biked a 15+ mile section of the Allegheny Passage in order to eat some ice cream cones and not feel quite as bad about it. Worth it. Thanks for stopping by Raymonzelle!  I look forward to adventuring with you again in the south west!
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Ferncliff Trail

Ferncliff Trail presides in Ohiopyle State Park near where I grew up in southwestern PA. My dad shocked me one morning by letting me in on the secret that he had never hiked the short two-mile loop so we set off for a quick morning hike along it’s dirt path. Kratos and I got to stretch our legs before another long car ride and Dad got to put another check mark on his bucket list.Ferncliff Trail - 11Ferncliff Trail - 10Ferncliff Trail - 9Ferncliff Trail - 5Ferncliff Trail - 7

Montana Memories

Load the car & write the note.
Grab your bag & grab your coat.
Tell the ones that need to know.
We are headed East.

The time has come to once again say my goodbyes to Montana. It’s always such a bittersweet moment when we part, but it’s time to step forward into the next adventure. We’ve yet again had some good times my old friend. I’m already looking forward to my next visit. Xoxo.Montana Memories - 4Montana Memories - 6Montana Memories - 8Montana Memories - 9Montana Memories - 11Montana Memories - 12Montana Memories - 14Montana Memories - 15Montana Memories - 16Montana Memories - 18Montana Memories - 19Montana Memories - 23Montana Memories - 24Montana Memories - 28Montana Memories - 29Montana Memories - 30Montana Memories - 31Processed with VSCO with fs1 presetMontana Memories - 33Montana Memories - 38Montana Memories - 39Montana Memories - 40Montana Memories - 41Montana Memories - 43Montana Memories - 45Montana Memories - 49Montana Memories - 50Montana Memories - 51

Portage Pass

While the tiny town of Whittier, Alaska is only 60ish miles from downtown Anchorage, it requires a paid pass through the longest highway tunnel in North America. The 2.5 mile tunnel is a one way tunnel and shares its time with the Alaska Railroad, meaning traffic only flows one way at a time and is occasionally paused for the train to use the space as well.

I’ve not spent much time in this town, only having really explored it once a few years ago, Brian & I set out with Kratos to complete a short hike through Portage Pass that we’d been hearing so much about.Portage Pass - 1Portage Pass - 2Portage Pass - 3Portage Pass - 4Portage Pass - 6Portage Pass - 8Portage Pass - 9Portage Pass - 10Portage Pass - 11Portage Pass - 12Portage Pass - 13Portage Pass - 14Portage Pass - 15Portage Pass - 16Portage Pass - 17Portage Pass - 18Portage Pass - 19
After having trekked (and down and up and down again) this short trail, I can’t believe we haven’t spent more time on it’s dirt pathway to heaven. Hopefully we can make a trip up here again after the snow has fallen for another unique view, although I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the lake completely freezes over and we can walk straight up to Portage Glacier before we depart Alaska.