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One Star Review: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The natural beauty and majesty of nature overwhelm many people when they visit national parks. Others, however, have a . . . less enthusiastic response. One visitor to Carlsbad Caverns National Park left a review on Yelp who fell into the latter category. "Unless you...

Photo Friday: Sky City

Happy Friday! This week's Photo Friday features the ladders at Sky City, Acoma Pueblo. This is the time of year when the pueblos hold their feast holidays, some of which are open to the public. According to the cultural center's website, Sky City is "part of New...

Professional Wanderer: A Business is Born

Bruce settled into life in Flagstaff, Arizona. At one of his residences in town, he lived next door to a man named Joe Anderson, a business professor at Northern Arizona University. After hearing Bruce's plans for his future, Joe encouraged Bruce to take his...

From the Newsletter: Santa Fe BITE’s Green Chile Cheeseburger

Green chile burgers are huge in Santa Fe and, somehow, they're even better in the summer! "It's very popular and a really big deal," says John Eckre, owner of the Santa Fe BITE restaurant in New Mexico and creator of their famous green chile cheeseburger. "People...

Photo Friday: Enchanted Squirrels in Trees

Happy Friday! This week's Photo Friday feature comes from our very own Bruce Sawyer, a feature he calls "Enchanted Squirrels in Trees." Bruce was hanging out near a lake one day, relaxing and enjoying the sun. On the slopes leading down to that lake, there is a...

From the Newsletter: Spanish Summer Market

The 67th Annual Traditional Spanish Market is coming! This July, make your way to Santa Fe for the Spanish Summer Market! Approximately 250 Spanish Colonial artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado will take part in this enchanting event. Enjoy music, local...

Photo Friday: 4th of July

Happy Friday! This week's photo feature comes to us all the way from Flagstaff, Arizona, featuring a participant in the annual downtown 4th of July parade. With the holiday weekend upon us, we wanted to offer up a few safety tips to help keep your 4th of July fun!...

Professional Wanderer: School Shuffle

In the fall of 1992, Bruce began school at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He maintained a focus in geology and enjoyed life at the small school where he experienced a very traditional liberal arts education. However, something still didn't feel quite right....

From the Newsletter: Mariachi Madness

Celebrate 28 years of Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque! This spectacular event lives up to its name by presenting world-renowned professional groups showcasing a variety of styles within this cultural music tradition. Performances are passionate, heart rendering...

Photo Friday: Sunrise over Navajo Mountain

Happy Friday! This week's photo features a breathtaking sunrise over Navajo Mountain: Our fearless leader, Bruce Sawyer, took this photo from the east side of the Kaibab Plateau and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Yesterday was the summer solstice, so this...

From the Newsletter: Aliens are Coming!

Prepare for an intergalactic event! Thousands of aliens, humans, and pets are expected to invade Roswell, New Mexico to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the much debated 1947 UFO crash. Special events will include the alien human/pet costume contests (which now...

Photo Friday: Santa Fe Railroad Station

Happy Friday! This week's photo feature is of the Las Vegas, New Mexico Santa Fe Railroad station. Built in 1899, this railroad station was a major transportation hub for the growing southwest. It is the second largest train hub in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and its...

Professional Wanderer: University Life

At an elevation of 7,700 feet, Gunnison, Colorado was, to Bruce, an icebox in a hole. The town is completely surrounded by mountains and the cold air collects inside. Of course, after hitchhiking in the middle of a blizzard, Bruce knew he could easily withstand the...

From the Newsletter: Fireworks Galore!

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like...

Photo Friday: Pueblo Bonito

Happy Friday! This week's photo features the lovely Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon. Literally translated to "beautiful town", Pueblo Bonito is the largest and best known great house in northern New Mexico. According to the National Park Service, "Pueblo Bonito is the...

Professional Wanderer: Canyonlands Camping and Back to School

With summer drawing to a close, Bruce wanted to take advantage of the end of camping season. With that in mind, he and his dog headed to the southern area of the Utah campgrounds in Canyonlands National Park. There, Bruce set up camp. About 150-200 feet away, another...

From the Newsletter: Sparky’s Green Chile Milkshake

If you combine Santa Fe's official nickname "The City Different" with the oh-so-common question "red or green?", what do you get? Why, a crazy-unique dining experience at Sparky's BBQ and Espresso restaurant, of course! Celebrating more than 20 years in Hatch, New...

Photo Friday: Rio Chama

Happy Friday, everyone! This week's photo features the Rio Chama as it runs through Abiquiu. The Rio Chama is a major tributary of the Rio Grande that runs through New Mexico and Colorado. Humans have used this river for over 10,000 years, dating back to when humans...

Professional Wanderer: Camping and Edward Abbey

After Bruce realized he wanted to spend his life outside instead of inside a kitchen, he began to make plans. It took all winter for him to close out his life in Denver, including selling his house and nearly all of his possessions. In fact, he kept only what would...

Photo Friday: Santo Tomás El Apóstol

Happy Friday! This week's photo features Santo Tomás El Apóstol in Abiquiu, New Mexico. This Catholic Church was founded in 1754 by the Franciscans, a religious order within the Catholic Church that was founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. Known for his affection...

From the Newsletter: InterPlanetary Festival

Okay, nerds, here's your mission: go explore the upcoming InterPlanetary Festival, where no human has gone before! This is the first ever expo of its kind, and it's happening right here in Santa Fe! Oh yes, you need to make a road trip! This absolutely free two-day...

Photo Friday: Ghost Ranch Tree

Happy Friday! This week's Photo Friday feature is a juniper tree near Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu by our very own Bruce Sawyer. Bruce said the tree reminded him of a Georgia O'Keefe painting, which is fitting considering O'Keefe's relationship to Ghost Ranch. After falling...

Professional Wanderer: Capitol Reef and Moab, Utah

With three weeks of vacation time from the bank, Bruce decided to head towards Yellowstone with his dog, Chalaco. Having worked in Yellowstone for a summer as a teenager, Bruce went back to Wyoming for a new adventure. However, snow and rain began to fall and, needing...

From the Newsletter: Taos Lilac Festival

Taos Lilac Festival: May 18-20, 2018 Finally, a time and a place for lilacs to show their true colors! Taos Lilac Festival attendees can meet and mingle with dozens of talented artisans and crafts people as they display their work. The goods available range from...

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