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Joined 11 years ago from Alamogordo, New Mexico

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I lived in the beautiful Sacramento Mountains of Southcentral New Mexico for 4 years. I lived in an off grid, unfinished cabin on five acres that border the Lincoln National Forest. My cabin was a split level timber frame. I heated and sometimes cooked with a wood stove, I cought rainwater, and I powered my cabin with solar panels and batteries. My goal was to live as self sufficiently and eco friendly as I could. I have been a writer of one sort or another for most of my life but consider myself an outdoor history and animal rights writer now. My hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, caving, photography, and taking care of my dog Riley.

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  • How to Cook Beans
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    How to Cook Beans

    10 days ago

    I eat beans. I eat little beans (lentils). I eat big beans (lima). I eat red beans (kidney). I eat black beans (black). I eat green beans. I’ve even eaten beans I’ve never heard of (mung) and beans I’ve heard too...

  • Wild Caving in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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    Wild Caving in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

    6 years ago

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Southeastern New Mexico is home to the infamous Carlsbad Cavern. Chances are you’ve heard of it, chances are you’ve been there. After all, it is a popular summer time vacation...

  • Carlsbad Cavern
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    Carlsbad Cavern

    10 days ago

    Many people are confused about the name of this famous cave and its surrounding land in the Southeastern comer of New Mexico. Previously known as the Bat Cave, the Big Cave, and Carlsbad Cave National Monument, Carlsbad...

  • Explore Commercial Caves
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    Explore Commercial Caves

    10 days ago

    Most die hard, eat dirt for breakfast cavers would scoff at the very notion of visiting a commercial, show cave. To them, I say, "Think again cave boy," because show caves are some of the most interesting places...

  • Cave Exploring Basics
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    Cave Exploring Basics

    10 days ago

    When you say the word "caver" to folks who don’t know what it is, you will probably get a blank look from them. But if you say the word "spelunker" then you are likely to hear something like, "Oh that’s someone who...

  • Animal Rights and Reality Television
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    Animal Rights and Reality Television

    10 days ago

    Almost everyone who watches television has watched one form of a reality show or another. These shows have become an epidemic in the realm of television programming if not crammed down our collective throats. Some shows...

  • Beneath The Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
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    Beneath The Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

    10 days ago

    While on my way to the Jemez Mountains in Northern New Mexico for a long awaited vacation, I found myself in the Sandia Mountains after avoiding a traffic jam in Albuquerque. I soon realized that I was on the road to...

  • Explore A Cemetary
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    Explore A Cemetary

    10 days ago

    What comes to mind when you see a cemetery? What deep seeded, dark, or scary thoughts enter your brain as you glance across a field of headstones and tombs? Are they thoughts of finality, the unknown, or eminent death?...

  • Homemade Truck Bed Storage And Sleeping Platform for Camping
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    Homemade Truck Bed Storage And Sleeping Platform for Camping

    13 days ago

    Sometimes, a tent is inconvenient or just plain uncomfortable and an RV is a hassle and just too expensive. This truck bed platform with storage is a happy compromise.

  • Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma
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    Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

    6 years ago

    Since moving back to my childhood home of Wichita Falls, Texas, I have rediscovered the great playground of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in south central Oklahoma. The mountains are only a little over an...

  • Fall Hiking at Quemado Lake, New Mexico
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    Fall Hiking at Quemado Lake, New Mexico

    10 days ago

    Fall is a great time to take advantage of the solitude and scenery along the hiking trails of the Quemado Lake Recreation Area of New Mexico. Located 20 miles south of the town of Quemado on State Highway 103, the lake...

  • New Mexico Cave Search
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    New Mexico Cave Search

    10 days ago

    Once in a while during a caving career, a caver will fatefully end up exploring a "sucker cave." This would be a cave that contains absolutely nothing of interest but the caver doesn’t know that until he has sweated,...

  • Decorate With Natural Objects
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    Decorate With Natural Objects

    10 days ago

    For those of us who choose to live off-the-grid, off the land, and off of the beaten path, it’s only natural that we would want to adorn our living spaces with natural objects. Ancient people did it and so can we....

  • Explore a Lava Tube in Arizona
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    Explore a Lava Tube in Arizona

    10 days ago

    Let’s get one thing straight. There’s a difference between a spelunker and a caver. With the most commonly displayed bumpersticker reading "Cavers rescue spelunkers," this is hardly a definition no matter how true...

  • Mountain Climbing in the Mojave Desert
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    Mountain Climbing in the Mojave Desert

    10 days ago

    The little-known Providence Mountains State Recreation Area is home to one of the East Mojave’s tallest peaks. It’s the caves that attract underground hikers to California’s Providence Mountains State Recreation...

  • Dog Canyon, New Mexico
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    Dog Canyon, New Mexico

    6 years ago

    Cañon del Perro Journey through time in Dog Canyon. Cañon del Perro translates into more than just Dog Canyon. It translates into some of the fiercest Apache Indian battles in the state of New Mexico not to...

  • Cornudas Mountains, New Mexico
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    Cornudas Mountains, New Mexico

    10 days ago

    Guadalupe Mountain caver, Robert Nymeyer, found more than just caves in the little-known Cornudas Mountain range of Southeastern New Mexico. It's been nearly sixty years since Robert Nymeyer's article "Cave Men of the...

  • Largo Canyon, New Mexico
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    Largo Canyon, New Mexico

    10 days ago

    PUEBLITOS OF DINÉTAH Secrets on Stones As I wandered along a dry sandy wash, the scream of a red-tailed hawk lingered on the wind. I scanned the clouds for this raptor but saw nothing. I searched the high canyon...

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