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August 17, 2022
by David Ryan

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Black Place

As one of the foremost, if not the foremost American artist of the 20th Century, Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings hang in most of the top art museums around the country. Rather than fading away, her reputation seems to be growing stronger over time. One of her paintings, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, sold at auction for $43 million in 2016! And most of her famous paintings were done while staying or living in New Mexico.

O’Keeffe first visited New Mexico in 1917. By the end of the 1920s, she was staying in New Mexico for part of the year on a regular basis – first in Taos and then by the mid-1930s in the Ghost Ranch/Abiquiu area. She would eventually buy houses at both Ghost Ranch and in Abiquiu and started living year-round in New Mexico in 1949. She continued to live in New Mexico until her death at the age of 98 in 1986. She once wrote to a friend, “… the country seems to call me in a way that one has to answer it …”

One of the locations in New Mexico that inspired many of her paintings from the 1940s is a “badland” area a little more than 100 miles to the west of Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu in the middle of Navajo country. She called the area the Black Place. With the roads not being what they are today, her trips to the Black Place were serious expeditions that included several days of camping out with one of her friends at her chosen painting location.

As you can see, the heavily eroded landscape has exposed volcanic ash and river deposits from tens of millions of years ago.

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July 12, 2022
by David Ryan

Checking Out Ramah Falls

If you’re planning a visit El Morro National Monument (Inscription Rock), you might want to consider Ramah Falls as a very cool add-on to your adventure. El Morro itself with its inscriptions, water hole, and two-mile hike to the Ancestral Pueblo ruins on top of the rock face more than warrants a trip on its own. Checking out Ramah Falls will only make your adventure better, and it’s only 14 more miles of driving!

El Morro

One of the hundreds of inscriptions along the base of El Morro. This one is from 1709.

The inscriptions are there because of this reliable water source at the base of El Morro. All of the water is from runoff from the top.

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June 15, 2022
by David Ryan

Checking Out the Alaska Highway

Because the current forest fires in New Mexico shut down most of the local hiking trails, my dog Sparky and I decided that this would be a perfect time to drive on the Alaska Highway. The Alaska Highway is something that I have been wanting to do for decades, and, for one reason or another, I never got around to it. So with my personal runway getting shorter, this was the time.

If the Alaska Highway is on your personal radar scope, be prepared for a long drive. Just getting to the official starting point of the Highway in Dawson Creek in the far north of British Columbia took us four full days of very scenic driving.

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Albuquerque’s 2022 Jane’s Walk a Complete Success

Thank you to all of you who attended and volunteered to make 2022’s Jane’s Walks a complete success. You can still do a self-guided walk by clicking on Jane’s Walks on the Menu Bar to select a self-guided walk that you can do anytime.

Jane’s Walks are held in 200 communities around the world on the first weekend of every May. They celebrate urban neighborhoods and are organized and led by volunteers. The walks are named for Jane Jacobs who is credited with starting the urban revival movement.

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Exploring Galena and Dubuque on Foot

Exploring Galena and Dubuque on Foot is a series of walking tours through two of the most scenic and historic communities in the entire country! Along the way you’ll climb stairways into historic neighborhoods, ride a funicular railroad, discover Native-American mounds, pass the finest collection of 19th century buildings in the country, trace the footsteps of Ulysses S. Grant, run into vibrant murals, and uncover many other surprises. Galena and Dubuque were built to be explored. Especially on foot!

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The Bisbee Stairs: Exploring the Stairways, Trails, and Hidden Corners of Bisbee, Arizona The Bisbee Stairs is a remarkable guide to exploring America’s most interesting small town on foot. This guide will lead you to the hidden corners of Bisbee. Along the way you’ll climb hard-to-find stairways, pass by amazing houses with wonderful yards, discover shrines, and see works of art everywhere! When you finish your walk you’ll think of Bisbee as a continuous three-dimensional folk art exhibit and find yourself wanting to come back again and again. Bisbee is that interesting!
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Gentle Art of Wandering

The Gentle Art of Wandering is about being mindful when walking. Wandering as described in the book is allowing yourself to see and then letting what you see guide you on where you go. The book, through many examples, will show you the power of wandering and how you too can adopt the mindset of wandering. When you do this you will soon discover that you’ll always find something and have an amazing adventure every time you go out.
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Long Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail for the Older Adventurer is an invitation to older adventurers (late forties and up) to consider the world of long distance hiking. The book shows how long distance hiking is an accessible adventure that offers a sense of clarity and simplicity that is difficult to find elsewhere. It is based upon what the author, David Ryan, learned during his end-to-end hike of the Appalachian Trail that he completed two days after his 51st birthday. This second edition of the book has several new pages, new insights, and incorporates changes in long distance hiking that have occurred since the first edition was published ten years ago.

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