Hiking in New Mexico

El Morro National Monument

First trivia question:  “What is the nation’s first national monument?”  You’ve got it.  Devils Tower.  A matter of Wyoming pride, it adorns our license plates.  President Teddy Roosevelt made that declaration on September 24, 1906. So what is the nation’s second national monument?   Tough one, isn’t it? Hint:  Also a big rock, but sandstone.  And in a […]

Mapping the Continental Divide Trail

“Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.  Honor and recognition in case of success.”   That was Ernest Shackleton’s ad in 1907.  This one, run by Backpacker magazine last February sort of reminded me of it. “Want to Make Hiking History?  Join our team to […]