Snow Lake

The Yellow Bathtub

December, 2020 - January, 2022

The guest bath at the Bungle-Oh was a sad little room with gray walls, a handmade washstand and fake woodgrain peel-and-stick vinyl flooring. We knew we wanted to replace the shower stall with a bathtub, but we had no idea how much work it would take!

Starvation Draw

December 14 and 25-26, 2021

We took a few days off from scraping, scrubbing, sanding and painting to get acquainted with a storied area near Cooke's Peak. Traversed by the Butterfield Trail, it is also home to two major petroglyph sites and several abandoned fluorite mines.


Box Canyon

December 4, 2021

Two years ago while exploring in the vicinity of Gila Lower Box, we peeked into a canyon and wondered if there would be possible to make our way down. It's been on my list ever since, and an unusual 70-degree day in early December was the perfect opportunity.

Box Canyon

Thanksgiving at Faywood Hot Springs

November 24-26, 2021

This Thanksgiving, we decided to try something we never do — just relax! So we booked a couple of nights at Faywood Hot Springs, which is a short drive from home now that we live in Silver City.


Hells Half Acre Redux

November 18, 2021

We returned to Hell's Half Acre with new hiking buddy Susan Z-M, hoping to make it all the way to the slots after stumbling upon the cairned trail on our last attempt

Rain Creek Exploratory

November 15, 2021

Finally, a day off from digging holes or destroying the guest bathroom! We chose an exploratory hike of Rain Creek, on the west side of the Mogollon Mountains, where 10,000-foot jagged mountains soar up from the the yellow grass plains of Wildhorse Mesa.

Mogollon Mountains from Rain Creek

Hot Springs and Slot Canyons

October 30-31, 2021

We were invited to lead a hike with a group of friends from Tucson who were staying at Wilderness Lodge. Why not stay over, get another soak, and maybe check out some of the side canyons that have been on our radar for more than 20 years?

hot pools

Warm Springs on the San Francisco River

October 23, 2021

I've been itching to return to this spot for years! No more excuses now that it's a mere hour's drive from home! This summer's monsoon and some eager beavers have certainly reconfigured the stream bed! We did manage a soak, but we had to work for it!

dropping into the canyon

A Little Fall Color on the Dragonfly Trail

October 22, 2021

Silver City doesn't get Fall color like New England, but the afternoon light this time of year is still pretty wonderful.

Twin Sisters

Gila Hot Springs

October 16-17, 2021

We headed north to the Gila to scout the route for a hike we're leading later this month. On a whim — and at the last minute — we packed enough extra gear to allow us to spend the night. That gave us time to wander along the Gila River in search of a small hot springs we last visited 10 years ago.

hot springs

Exploring Hell's Half Acre

October 8, 2021

It was our first time in the area, so of course we did everything wrong. We dropped into the canyon at an oblique angle, which made for greater elevation loss and a more difficult down climb. When the canyon narrowed and became choked with brush, we scrambled up the east side, seeking a way around the multiple side canyons. It was a poor choice that nevertheless provided some great views.

Hell's Half Acre

Return to Middle Fork Warm Springs

October 2-3, 2021

We planned a two-day backpack along the Gila River, in search of a tiny hot spring we visited a decade ago. But we've had a terrific monsoon, and NM Streamflow showed huge spikes on both the West Fork and the main stem Gila River. When we found the Gila flowing fast, dark and furious, we redirected to our old favorite trail to the warm springs on the Middle Fork.

Middle Fork Trail

Biking the Mimbres River

September 21, 2021

Since moving to Silver City, I've been fascinated by the Mimbres River. This tiny, sparkling, partly ephemeral stream has no outlet. It simply sinks into the desert sands east of City of Rocks State Park. Yet the Mimbres is Silver City's primary watershead, since the mighty Gila lies west of the Continental Divide. Several months would pass before I realized that an old jeep trail runs right along the Mimbres, offering a great way to explore the upper reaches of the river.

crossing the Mimbres by bike

Hamming it up at the Grand Canyon

September 9-14, 2021

We missed Field Day this year because Doug's Denali was getting a makeover. So we we switched our annual campout to the September AARL VHF Contest, aiming for our preferred dispersed camping location just outside Grand Canyon National Park. In addition to great free camping, the area also boasts an excellent radio horizon.

bike at Grand Canyon

Snow Lake, Middle Fork and Loco Mountain

August 18-21, 2021

Some trips are quests, some are for a change of scenery, and some result from viriditaphobia. Yes, that's a real word meaning "fear of weeds". With our favorite travel buddy Ann H., we hatched a plan to camp at Snow Lake and hike the Middle Fork Trail.

The Great Northern New Mexico Loop

July 12-25, 2021

When our friend Ann H. proposed a joint camping trip in honor of her late husband and our dear friend, we eagerly signed on. But hey, once we drove nearly all the way to the Colorado border, why stop there?

mariposa lily

Devils Garden

June 17-18, 2021

The hot, hot weather has arrived, and while I am profoundly grateful that Silver City temps are 10-15 degrees cooler than Tucson, I swear our sun is hotter! So were a bit skeptical when Ann H proposed a hiking and camping trip in the Piños Altos range, less than 15 miles from Silver City. But it worked out brilliantly, and it was great to get some serious outdoor time despite the heat.

sunset in Webb Gulch

Meadow Creek

June 4-5, 2021

Meadow Creek was a last-minute improv after a more ambitious trip was quashed by a combination of overwork, dentistry and unsettled weather. In retrospect, we couldn't have chosen a better place to spend the first few days of summer heat. Less than 20 miles from town, Meadow Creek is a world away.

Meadow Creek

North Star Mesa

May 20-21, 2021

We are surrounded by mountains, and just north of us is the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico's largest wilderness area, flanked by the equally impressive Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area. The two are separated by a narrow corridor of national forest land, traversed by FR 150 aka North Star Mesa Road, which runs all the way from Mimbres to Beaver Head. Let's go!

hiking buddies

Mogollon Box

May 13, 2021

I've always wondered what the Gila River does between the Turkey Creek access and the cluster of farms in Cliff/Gila. Now I know it meanders through a sweet, sweet canyon shaded by giant cottonwoods and sycamores. With premier local guide Ann H., we spent the day just walking in the water.

cattails in the water and big cliffs

Allie Canyon

April 7, 2021

A perfect spring day in a wet canyon deep in the Gila National Forest. We four-wheeled to the trailhead and then hiked into dreamy Allie Canyon, which meanders through lush meadows and Ponderosa pine forest across the Piños Altos Range.