Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces, New Mexico – Baylor Pass

It’s a hard drive across west Texas with the sun in my eyes.  Visor permanently down.  One hundred miles straight shot, no services.  Moving across the flats of far west Texas toward El Paso, cell coverage drops and I’m counting the miles to what I hope will bring gas in the next forty.  Air conditioning …

Homer Wilson Ranch, Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend National Park, Texas

There is no straight line through the desert. What looks easy is hard. 'Barranco' after 'barranco', all hidden from the horizon. Impassible terrain. Snaking a path is the only way. Driving into Big Bend National Park, shades of purple compete with mounds of desert brush. Each clamoring for the win. Key notes of Freddy Fender …

Footprints in the Sand: Horseback Riding White Sands National Park, New Mexico

Blinding white in all directions.  Footprints erased by wind.  Every route the same. Driving south from Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico the land greets us with open arms.  Ranges and ranches go on for miles.  I can breathe.  I can see.  The chaos of Alamogordo gives way to White Sands National Park, sitting pristine at …