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  • Bandelier National Monument, March 2015

    Written on October 6, 2015 at 9:49 pm, by

    In the middle of March, a small faction of the Tamarind Adventure Club participated in a day-hike excursion to Bandelier National Monument. We walked the well-known Frijoles Canyon Trail, visiting cliff dwellings along the canyon walls as well as the Alcove House, which I documented in an earlier post from a solo visit in November. However, it Continue Reading »

    Cadillac Ranch, January 2015

    Written on September 29, 2015 at 9:23 pm, by

    This past January, on our way to Amarillo, Texas via ABQ, the Tamarind crew stopped at Cadillac Ranch located directly on Route 66– The Mother Road. It was a rare, snowy mid-morning– perfect for picture-taking and tagging. Spray paint cans littered the ground, as visitors are actively encouraged to add their own art to the rusted Continue Reading »

    Paliza Canyon Goblin Colony, January 18, New Mexico

    Written on September 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm, by

    Back in January, the Tamarind Adventure Club headed into the Jemez Wilderness in search of the Paliza Canyon Goblin Colony. After fighting our way through some rugged, icy single lane dirt roads, we finally arrived at a nearby campground– the closest we could get to the trailhead in winter. We approached the canyon from above Continue Reading »

    Tent Rocks national Monument, Day After Thanksgiving 2014

    Written on July 11, 2015 at 10:23 am, by

    The day after Thanksgiving, myself and a couple other Tamarindos went for a hike at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, affectionately known as ‘Tent Rocks.’ We weren’t the only folks with this idea; there was a line to get up the mountain! Regardless, the hike is beautiful. We climbed to the top of the outcrop Continue Reading »

    Bandelier National Monument, Fall 2014

    Written on July 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm, by

    In October, I took a solo day trip to Bandelier National Monument, winding along the backroads and approaching Frijoles Canyon from the southwest from the Jemez Mountains, which was a beautiful drive. The peak tourist season was winding down, but I still had to take a shuttle into the canyon from a neighboring town. Several years Continue Reading »

    Ozette Loop, Washington Coast, June 20- 21, 2014

    Written on December 20, 2014 at 11:22 am, by

    My final backpacking trip in Washington before I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico was one of my favorites. A nine mile trek, the Ozette Loop trail took us from Lake Ozette through a coastal forest and thickets to some of the wildest coastline in Washington. This hike had it all– sea stacks, bald eagles, whales, seals, and Continue Reading »

    Astoria and Fort Steven’s State Park

    Written on October 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm, by

    Saturday, January 25th was an abnormally warm day. The sun was shining for the first time in what seemed like months, and the temperature reached 60° on the coast. Friend Sarah and I decided to drive to Astoria, Oregon for the day, visiting the Goonies house and Fort Steven’s State Park, the location of the Continue Reading »