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Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats Incredible Journey

In a remote part of the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, an abandoned iron mine is the site of a unique and special wildlife display. Each summer, people hike to the Orient Mine at Orient Land Trust (OLT) to witness the outflight of the largest bat colony in Colorado. The population of this colony […]

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Sensational Outdoor Concert in the Pines

Picture yourself traveling through historic mountain passes with tunnels, horseshoe curves, seeing abundant wildlife and spectacular views of the San Luis Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Ranges all in the comfort of a restored 100 year old steam engine on the Rio Grande Railroad.   On Aug. 25th, a dear friend and I […]

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Hiking up the East Fork of Mt. Baldy

This is one of my favorite hikes in the White Mountains.  Actually, I do have several favorites, but this area is especially dear to me.  Mt. Baldy is the third highest peak in Arizona and about 40 miles away from the town of Pinetop.  This sacred mountain is shared with the White Mountain Apache Indians […]

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Chiricahaw Rites of Passage -Part 2

If you missed last weeks posting- This is a true story about 10 delinquent teenage girls that were required to hike 12 miles into the Chiricahaw Mountains of Southern Arizona.  I was also along to guide these troubled youth. Solo time was next. For three days, everyone (including staff) was to be alone.   Every girl […]

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Chiricahaw Rites of Passage

The Plains Indians “Rites of Passage” involves a wilderness experience or “Vision Quest” in preparation for the world.  This is a story about 10 teenage delinquent girls that were required to participate in a similar ritual through a 10-day backpacking trip in the Chiricahaw Mountains of Southern Arizona, however, these girls were more streetwise than […]

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Canyoneering In Arizona’s Best Kept Secret

  If you love exploring country off the beaten path, consider this little known area.  Rondeho Canyon hides among the sage and sand, but it still has a sense of purpose.  Murals of petraglyphs etched into red sandstone cliffs tell their stories of the ancient ones.  A single dusty trail meanders below a small canyon […]

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