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When trips don’t go as planned – stuck in the desert

Jacking up the car

It’s one of those life lessons that everyone learns sooner or later: sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Considering last week was one of those weeks when family life and holiday preparations seemed to spiral out of control, making it impossible to stick to my initial writing plan, this seems like the perfect time to write about this particular misadventure.

The day started out like any other. We had visited Meteor Crater the day before and spent the night in Holbrook, Arizona. The plan was to visit Petrified Forest National Park and then head to New Mexico. Originally we had […]

New Mexico – Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo

Are you familiar with UNESCO and their World Heritage Mission?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding universal value to humanity.

UNESCO maintains a list of World Heritage Sites that meet at least one of ten selection criteria. There are now over 1000 sites all around the world on the list, including well-known sites such as The Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef, and Macchu Pichu. The list includes a bunch of lesser-known sites too. 22 […]

New Mexico – El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Kitchen - El Rancho de las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish name translates to The Ranch of the Swallows. The authentic ranch dates back to the early 1700’s when it was a stop on El Camino Real, the trading route from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Today it is a fascinating place to learn about the southwest in both Spanish Colonial and Territorial New Mexico time periods.

The ranch sits on 200 acres about 15 miles southwest of Santa Fe. Many of the buildings are original to the property and others have been […]

Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico – Four Corners Monument

Standing in four states at once

There is only one place in the United States where you can stand in four states at once: the Four Corners Monument. This is where Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico all meet.

When we were planning our trip to the Southwest (Trip #5 in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips), one of my daughters was adamant that Four Corners must be on the itinerary. A couple of people discouraged me from visiting, saying there wasn’t much to it. We really wanted to go, and didn’t expect it to be an all-day type of […]

New Mexico – Ski Trip to Taos

This guest post was written by Rachael Moore. Rachael recently moved to Cincinnati from the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in western Connecticut. She is an avid traveler who sometimes moves to her favorite vacation spots. She has lived in places as disparate as the Rocky Mountains, New York City, and London, where she wrote articles on area tourist sites for the expat newsletter, Focus. She is a mom to two very curious and active kids who love to discover new neighborhoods and attractions in Cincinnati. She and her family continue to travel and explore.

 

My family recently made […]