New Mexico

    Mesilla, New Mexico: Historic and a Colorful Regional Flare

    5/30/15 •

    We’ve visited New Mexico often. But my husband and I somehow missed picturesque Mesilla until recently, when an RV park owner steered us that way. Many of the village’s adobe buildings near its central plaza date to the 1850s. In fact, the historic building that houses La Posta de Mesilla restaurant once was a stagecoach…

    Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, New Mexico: Home To Smokey the Bear

    10/07/15 •

    Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, New Mexico is a tribute to the most beloved symbol of forest fire prevention — and the actual resting place of the real Smokey. The U.S. Forest Service chose a bear to illustrate its fire-prevention program in 1944. Six years later, a 4-pound cub was found after a disastrous…

    Mystery Stone Near Los Lunas, New Mexico: Hike to This Hidden Wonder

    12/25/15 •

    The Mystery Stone near Los Lunas, New Mexico is a hidden wonder — almost too well-hidden, I grumbled to my husband as we climbed a trail. No one knows who chiseled the 216 characters on the 80-ton boulder, or when. Some scholars speculate it’s thousands of years old, while others believe it’s a college student…

    Photographing Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Mexico

    2/17/15 •

    I took a trip to Mexico in February in part to see the monarch butterflies in their overwintering homes. I went to 3 sanctuaries in the mountains around Mexico City: El Rosario near Angangueo, Chincua also close to Angangueo, and Piedra Herrada close to Valle de Bravo. They were all worth visiting and I’m pretty…

    Monarch Butterfly Photography Tour in Mexico: A Natural Habitat Adventure (1)

    2/18/15 •

    Nature is at its most magical when animals in the millions, without the means to communicate, all perform the same action at the same time. How else could you describe the monarch butterfly which en masse make their way from Canada to the mountains of central Mexico and cluster together on the same evergreen trees…