Autumn Camping with My Daughters

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Oct 092009
 
Autumn Camping with My Daughters

Last week I gathered my daughters up for a camping trip to kick off their fall break. We drove from Tucson east to the Guadalupe Mountain National Park of west Texas (where I went last November to photograph fall foliage), then up to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, over the Sacramento Mountains to White Sands National […]

Apr 082009
 
Southwest Excursion : Part 3

Continuing our journey, after Aztec Ruins National Monument we spent the night in Flagstaff, Arizona. The next morning, we made the loop through the sister monuments of Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki Ruins, then on to the Grand Canyon. Photos from the third and final leg are now available. Below are ten of my favorites, […]

Southwest Excursion : Part 2

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Apr 022009
 
Southwest Excursion : Part 2

Continuing our journey, after Great Sand Dunes we drove west through the lovely San Juan Valley into southwestern Colorado, where we visited Mesa Verde National Park. From there we drove south into New Mexico, and then — after Aztec Ruins National Monument — west to Arizona. Photos from the second leg are now available. Below […]

Southwest Excursion : Part 1

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Mar 302009
 
Southwest Excursion : Part 1

Over spring break, my daughters and I took a road trip from Tucson to Denver and back, putting 2,700 miles on the Honda Fit and visiting seven national parks and monuments (and many great friends) along the way. Photos and narratives from the first leg of the trip — Tucson to Great Sand Dunes National […]

Autumn in the Guadalupes

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Jan 202009
 
Autumn in the Guadalupes

For several years I had been itching to get over to the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas and southern New Mexico. Known primarily for their geological features — the Guadalupes are the remnants of a large Permian reef that was part of a vast shallow sea that once covered the entire region — I was […]

Death Comes to the Archbishop

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Jul 162007
 

“But the Spanish Fathers who came up to Zuni, then went north to the Navajos, west to the Hopies, east to all the pueblos scattered between Albuquerque and Taos, they came into a hostile country, carrying little provisionment but their breviary and crucifix. When their mules were stolen by Indians, as often happened, they proceeded […]

Road Trip: Day 14

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Jun 272007
 
Road Trip: Day 14

I just realized I may be off by a day on my road trip count, that perhaps this is actually day 13. Ah well, math was never one of my better subjects. Today we made it back to Tucson! The girls were very excited, especially since the mobile DVD dual-screen player broke on the way […]

Road Trip: Day 1

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Jun 152007
 
Road Trip: Day 1

A pleasant 730-mile drive from Tucson to Amarillo today. Not many stops—for photos, anyway—but snapped a few here and there: For example, here’s dad, in his infamous “Republicans for Voldemort” t-shirt. At least once today someone asked me who Voldemort is…. My wife Billie doesn’t much like it when I drive and take photos at […]

Redux: What the Southwest Means to Me

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May 092007
 

The Organ Mountains of south-central New Mexico rise like a granite-ridged hogback, glowing to near scarlet on a cool March evening. With my younger daughter, I cut through the Chihuahuan scrub that masses into a tangled poetry of desert plants at the mountains’ base: ground-dwelling yucca, creosote, cane cholla, prickly pear, sand verbena, lupine, white-thorn […]