Thursday, June 22, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 22, 2017 at 07:52AM


#ThrowbackThursday - Echo Amphitheatre in #NewMexico. In the #landofenchantment, scientific #phenomenon and eerie mythology #coexist. #blueskies #LensFlare #hiking #neverstopexploring #getoutside #travelnewmexico #nmoutside via Instagram http://ift.tt/2su4UuL

Monday, June 19, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 19, 2017 at 08:53PM


#EchoAmphitheater in northern #NewMexico. Super hot & #sunnyday in the #landofenchantment. #hiking #neverstopexploring #getoutside #travelnewmexico #nmoutside via Instagram http://ift.tt/2rPw63D

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 18, 2017 at 08:08AM


"Tie Dye and Sky" - #EchoAmphitheater is a natural amphitheatre located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico. As you drive into the day use area you're surrounded by painted rocks (shown) and hardy scrub trees. #nofilter #hiking #unlikelyhikers #newmexicotrue #purenewmexico #newmexico_igers #travelnewmexico #dukecityigers #travel #505 #abqphotos #outdoors #neverstopexploring #ipulledoverforthis #getoutside #secretplaces #nature #nomad #newmexicoskies #blueskies #clouds via Instagram http://ift.tt/2sLZ4FM

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 15, 2017 at 06:53PM


"LookOut" -Our thoughts are with #NewMexico Forest Rangers & Firefighters fighting the #CajeteFire right now. We cautioned about #firesafety earlier this week 😢😦😭. Here's Bender and Pepper exploring a burn scar area of the #jemeznationalforest. #CanonFanPhoto with the #CanonEOS SL1 and EF 28mm. #onlyyoucanpreventforestfires #nmnomad #unlikelyhikers #hikingdogsofinstagram #nmoutside #findyourpark #hiking #nature #dukecityigers via Instagram http://ift.tt/2sguqlg

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 13, 2017 at 08:12PM


#onlyyoucanpreventforestfires -#TinyDog Pepper lending a paw to #SmokeyTheBear this summer. She walked right up to this camp firepit and donated some liquid lady business. There were 30 unattended fires (including smoldering campsites) in the #Jemez Forest last Memorial Day. Pepper kindly asks you all to not burn down her #forest, ya jerks. #findyourpark #hikingdogsofinstagram #campingwithdogs #neverstopexploring #unlikelyhikers #chihuahua #chihuahuasofinstagram via Instagram http://ift.tt/2s8HdWQ

Monday, June 12, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 12, 2017 at 09:44PM


"The Long way Down" - was #rockscrambling a cliff in the Jemez Forest & Scenic Byway when I spotted this sight below me. Looks like it drove right off the cliff I was climbing. 70-ish foot drop plus pretty rocky terrain below. Impromptu shot with my #Canoneos SL1 off the edge & between the rocks because I'm pretty sure it's a crime scene, plus some guy scared me off. #neverstopexploring #Found #crimescene #abandoned #wrecked via Instagram http://ift.tt/2s4Fvpo

Photos from the Trail: June 12, 2017 at 10:54AM


"A Polished Turd" -Literally... #SneakPeek at a polished #Coprolite (well that's what the experts told me). Drilled some holes and made a pendant from something I #found while #hiking! Wearable #Dinosaur #Poop! #imadethis #handmade #gemsandminerals via Instagram http://ift.tt/2sl7Cnx

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 11, 2017 at 02:43PM


#petrifiedwood slice found on my little #rockhounding #hike. I love how this one looks like a chunk of wood. #gemsandminerals #rockhound #rockcollecting #NewMexico via Instagram http://ift.tt/2rfmHXs

Photos from the Trail: June 11, 2017 at 11:58AM


1.3 miles -It got too hot, too early today. Which sucked for me, but definitely sucked for #TinyDog who always #hikes in a black fur coat. She drank 1/2 a bottle of water (that's alot!) and I dumped the rest on her. I have an #ospreypacks full of water and rocks, and a 5 gal bucket full of petrified wood but I'm still Carrying her the last mile to the car so she doesn't get heat exhaustion 😥🤕😫. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and try to get your dog hikes done b4 it hits above 85* degrees. #hikingwithdogs #fatgirlshiking #unlikelyhikers #hiking #NewMexico via Instagram http://ift.tt/2sReVQR

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 10, 2017 at 06:07PM


"Concentric" -My cool little #saturday #rockhounding find. I say it's an #agate of some sort, @cheapgeek thinks it's a #geode. #rockhound #gemsandminerals #rockcollecting via Instagram http://ift.tt/2s9STuv

Friday, June 9, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 09, 2017 at 09:25AM


Smiling because I'm pretty sure I just stepped in bear poop. #Wandering around in #Sasquatch territory in the Jemez. #unlikelyhikers #hikenewmexico #selfie #hikingselfie via Instagram http://ift.tt/2rIUZkl

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 04, 2017 at 10:13AM


#FollowMeTo -the tops of the tallest trees and the belly of the deepest valleys. Bender Oak & me doing our best Murad Osmann impression while #hiking the #cliffs of #Jemez National Forest. #neverstopexploring #NewMexico with my furry #BFF. . . . #dog #travel #adventure #unlikelyhikers #findyourpark #mountains #landscape #campingwithdogs #hikingwithdogs #nature via Instagram http://ift.tt/2rTbprQ

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Photos from the Trail: June 01, 2017 at 08:00PM


#Messyhair #LensFlare #DontCare. Sometimes this little cellphone #camera surprises me. Not too bad for a backlit #selfie. #hiking the #RioPuerco #likeaboss. And by boss I mean I'm a dummy, my real camera is in my #osprey backpack along with my desert rock hunting tools. via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qHqWLi

Photos from the Trail: June 01, 2017 at 03:27PM


I need #rockhound help? I was #rockcollecting at my usual #petrifiedwood location in Rio Rancho ( #NewMexico ) this #weekend when I found these two rocks. The one piece has little brown streaks like icicles inside it, and goes down to an almost translucent gray-purple. I don't know what it is, but I'm in love with it. Anyone want to give me a clue? The smaller piece in the corner just has the little brown icicle lines in it. #rockhounding #gemsandminerals #geology #geologyrocks #crystal #Found #TBT via Instagram http://ift.tt/2su3tJY

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 31, 2017 at 09:46AM


When you realize just how much #petrifiedwood you have, and figure you should probably start selling it or doing something with it all. Pretty sure I have like 8 different types just on this table. #rockhound #rockhounding #rockcollecting #rockcollection #wood #jasper #forsale #gemsandminerals #minerals #collection #NewMexico #505 via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qFUPGW

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 28, 2017 at 06:31PM


"Hey Omi, what did you do #memorialday #weekend?" -Well, I didn't drive around, that's fo' sho. #Chevy #Trailblazer getting new struts. All freaking day just to get the driver side done. #DIY #repair sucks. #hadtobedone #auto #trucks #blackandwhite #ugh #mallrated via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qquwcm

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 27, 2017 at 02:05PM


When it's so #hot outside your #hiking buddy has RDF ("resting disgustipated face") and the sun has burned your eyebrows off. Hiding in the shade for a much needed break. #unlikelyhikers #hikenm via Instagram http://ift.tt/2r7DNmF

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 24, 2017 at 07:02AM


Surprised by all the #desert #cactus #flowers still blooming in #NewMexico. #hiking via Instagram http://ift.tt/2rTTL2W

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 21, 2017 at 12:09PM


"It's not where you're going, it's whose with you along the way" - My big doggo, Bender Oak, hasn't been hiking with me lately...In his older age he's just too freaked out with all the coyotes he smells in the foothills (such a cautious, grumpy old man he's turned into)...So today I drove us to the suburbs and we played Pokemon Go for our #weekend #walkies. This is him annoyed with me putting a camera in his face. Again. #doggosdoingthings #blackandtan #liveloverescue via Instagram http://ift.tt/2r6n1HC

Friday, May 19, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 19, 2017 at 06:16PM


"Hidden Monuments" - #secretplaces never stay #secrets for long. Recently found out a locals #hangout, "The Dirt" was sold off & due to several bad apples, access is now restricted. The area is full of weird #hoodoos (pictured) that put part of #bistibadlands to shame, as well as old ruins, petroglyphs, amazing #hiking and so much more. Met the new security team this #weekend, learned the private owner is struggling with all the vandalism, trash dumping and people trying to get mineral rights to his land. Really feel for the owner. This was my last day out here. #RespectTheLand people, #leavenotrace. #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1 & EF 10-22mm. #monochrome #sepia via Instagram http://ift.tt/2pUH9MH

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 18, 2017 at 02:40PM


"Catch me in the details" - #canonfanphoto with the #CanonEOS SL1 & EF 28mm. #NewMexico #dandelion. #macrophotography via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qwh8Sw

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 17, 2017 at 09:50AM


"Day II: My steed is quite stubborn and mumbles terribly" - #TinyDog Pepper gets a 1.5 mile ride back to the truck after #exploring the mesa west of Rio Rancho. #hiking #unlikelyhikers #hikingwithdogs via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qwvDUK

Friday, May 12, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 12, 2017 at 02:41PM


#furryfriendfriday - #TinyDog Pepper #exploring the desert hoodoos with me. #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1 and EF 28mm. #unlikelyhikers #hikingdogsofinstagram #campingwithdogs #NewMexico via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qemr7i

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 11, 2017 at 02:12PM


"Land of the rising Sun" - #secretplaces never stay #secrets for long. Recently found out a locals #hangout, "The Dirt" was sold off & due to several bad apples, access is now restricted. The area is full of weird #hoodoos (pictured) that put part of #bistibadlands to shame, as well as old ruins, petroglyphs, amazing #hiking and so much more. Met the new security team this #weekend, learned the private owner is struggling with all the vandalism, trash dumping and people trying to get mineral rights to his land. Really feel for the owner. This was my last day out here. #RespectTheLand people, #leavenotrace. #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1 & EF 10-22mm. #NewMexico #Blueskies via Instagram http://ift.tt/2ppztBX

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 10, 2017 at 12:45PM


"Last night in Neverland" - #secretplaces never stay #secrets for long. Recently found out a locals #hangout, "The Dirt" was sold off & due to several bad apples, access is now restricted. The area is full of weird #hoodoos (pictured) that put part of #bistibadlands to shame, as well as old ruins, petroglyphs, amazing #hiking and so much more. Met the new security team this #weekend, learned the private owner is struggling with all the vandalism, trash dumping and people trying to get mineral rights to his land. Really feel for the owner. This was my last day out here. #RespectTheLand people, #leavenotrace. #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1 & EF 10-22mm. via Instagram http://ift.tt/2r0Zy6m

Monday, May 8, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 08, 2017 at 06:34PM


"Last night in Neverland" - #secretplaces never stay #secrets for long. Recently found out a locals #hangout, "The Dirt" was sold off & due to several bad apples, access is now restricted. The area is full of weird #hoodoos (pictured) that put part of #bistibadlands to shame, as well as old ruins, petroglyphs amazing #hiking and so much more. Met the new security team this #weekend, learned the private owner is struggling with all the vandalism, trash dumping and people trying to get mineral rights to his land. Really feel for the owner. This was my last day out here. #RespectTheLand people, #leavenotrace. via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qUuVAr

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 07, 2017 at 03:04PM


"Lazy Lizard Sunday" - lounging in the sun, this guy did not take to kindly to #TeamCanon #Exploring. #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1 & EF 10-22mm. . . . . . #hiking #unlikelyhikers #newmexicotrue #purenewmexico #newmexico_igers #travelnewmexico #dukecityigers #travel #505 #abqphotos #outdoors #neverstopexploring #ipulledoverforthis #getoutside #secretplaces #undiscovered #nature #nomad #nmnomad #blueskies #lizard via Instagram http://ift.tt/2pajQhE

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 06, 2017 at 11:22PM


One of today's #rockhounding finds. Identification help from my fellow #collectors and #rockhound nerds? #Found #gemsandminerals via Instagram http://ift.tt/2pmu5vg

Friday, May 5, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 05, 2017 at 02:42PM


"Fly into the weekend like" -Where me and my #syma #drone would rather be on a #Friday. . . . . . #stuckatwork #hiking #unlikelyhikers #newmexicotrue #purenewmexico #newmexico_igers #travelnewmexico #dukecityigers #travel #505 #abqphotos #outdoors #neverstopexploring #getoutside #secretplaces #undiscovered #nature #nomad #newmexicoskies #blueskies #505 via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qKc4Ib

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Photos from the Trail: May 04, 2017 at 11:06PM


"Stand Tall" -Derelict #Windmill skeleton #Found along the expansive Rio Puerco #wilderness. . . . . #hiking #unlikelyhikers #newmexicotrue #purenewmexico #newmexico_igers #travelnewmexico #dukecityigers #travel #505 #abqphotos #outdoors #neverstopexploring #urbex #secretplaces #undiscovered #nature #nomad #forgotten #abandoned #newmexicoskies #blueskies #clouds via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qKNhD9

Friday, April 28, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 28, 2017 at 04:53PM


"Remnants" - The #closeup remains of a silo at the Trinity Nuclear Test Site. #canonfanphoto with the #CanonEOS SL1 & EF lens. #roadtrip #macrophotography #teamcanon #rust #grime #americanhistory #perspective via Instagram http://ift.tt/2qorWiP

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 25, 2017 at 08:50AM


Tumbled Down -Final stage of all my rocks through the rock tumbler. Lots of #petrifiedwood and #agate. via Instagram http://ift.tt/2oGM8uL

Monday, April 24, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 24, 2017 at 03:12PM


"Found my heart along the dusty trail" -#Exploring & #hiking some cobble fields out past Rio Rancho, #NewMexico. . . . . . #rockhounding #gemsandminerals #geology #crystals #Found #heart #offthebeatenpath #nature #gypsy #crystalhealing #neverstopexploring #hike #igersabq #dukecityigers #petrifiedwood #hearts #naturalbeauty #rockcollecting via Instagram http://ift.tt/2pb1sly

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 23, 2017 at 06:59PM


Been #sick for a week. I feel like this car. #urbex #urbanexploration #lost #found #hiking #secretplaces #grime #abandoned #wander #metal #ruins #horizon #dusk via Instagram http://ift.tt/2oWAhw9

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 13, 2017 at 12:40PM


Totally not #hiking related: During the week I'm pulling a sedentary 9-5 as a #computernerd. Also, I'm old and #dgaf about styling my hair anymore. Just looking like a very tired #shirleytemple here. #selfie #callcenter #life #blargh #messyhairdontcare #curlyhair via Instagram http://ift.tt/2owafQ5

Friday, April 7, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 07, 2017 at 11:15AM


"Have Dogs, will Travel" - #TinyDog Pepper getting her tourist on from the safety of her warm @ospreypacks at the Trinity Nuclear Test Historic Site. White Sands, #NewMexico. Trinityis only open 2x/year but the site is #dogfriendly! . . . #newmexicotrue #campingwithdogs #hikingwithdogs #travelnewmexico #chihuahua #dukecityigers #nomad #dogs #travel #newmexico_igers via Instagram http://ift.tt/2oK2F5D

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 02, 2017 at 12:25PM


Trinity Site: Where the world's first nuclear device was detonated on July 16th, 1945. White Sands Missile Range, #NewMexico. The site is only open 2x/year and I was #lucky enough to go this #weekend! #CanonFanPhoto with #Canoneos SL1 & EF 10-22mm. . . . . . . #newmexicotrue #purenewmexico #newmexico_igers #travelnewmexico #newmexicoskies #dukecityigers #travel #505 #abqphotos #outdoors #neverstopexploring #onceinalifetime #insearchofquirk #ipulledoverforthis #getoutside #findyourpark #roadtrip #sundayfunday #secretplaces #undiscovered #Blueskies #clouds #nomad #ontheroad via Instagram http://ift.tt/2oqdtFu

Photos from the Trail: April 02, 2017 at 09:03AM


"Ominous Obelisk" - #Found the Trinity Site on our #roadtrip today. The first nuclear #bomb tests were performed here. White Sands Missile Base, #NewMexico. #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1 & EF 28mm. #dukecityigers #nomad #neverstopexploring #travel #ipulledoverforthis via Instagram http://ift.tt/2nLhf9O

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 01, 2017 at 08:33PM


"Loud & Clear (And Faded)" -#Found the Trinity Site on our #roadtrip today. The first nuclear bomb tests were performed here. White Sands Missile Base, #NewMexico. #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1 & EF 28mm. #dukecityigers #nomad #neverstopexploring #travel via Instagram http://ift.tt/2oM9csJ

Friday, March 31, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 01, 2017 at 12:39AM


Went #hiking out in the place the locals call "The Dirt"....my personal stylist today was 40mph winds. #unlikelyhikers #messyhairdontcare #hikenm #nmnomad via Instagram http://ift.tt/2om2nlB

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 30, 2017 at 03:13PM


"Hoodoo Horizon" -Sculpted Gypsum & Calcite Hoodoos speckle the Ojito Wilderness #landscape. #blueskies #NewMexico #travelphotography via Instagram http://ift.tt/2omBIS4

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Balance = Rejuvenating the Etsy Shop!

Did you know I run an Etsy shop? Like the Blog badge on the right wasn't apparent enough, lol!





Yep, I've been on Etsy since 2008 (if you include my old Yarn and Crochet shop), but I've been creating and selling handmade or vintage jewelry since October, 2009.




Since moving to New Mexico, the Etsy shop updates have been less frequent... Since getting a better schedule at my current job, I have more time to devote to my true love: Arts & Crafts!


Handmade Crochet items are always popular, but since I'm the most tedious crocheter, I've been putting more and more focus on jewelry.  I love the fact that jewelry creations have a shorter time investment, but the results are always eye-catching an unique!




Single Leather-Wrap Evil Eye Protection Bracelet featuring Evil Eye Connector Bead!
Lately, most of my jewelry products have functioned as props on the CheapGeek Instagram Gallery!  CheapGeek has put his focus on watches and other accessories, so I've been blessed with quite a few features in his gallery!
Beaded Howlite Skull and Obsidian Adjustable Knot bracelet, featured on CheapGeek Instagram!




I'm also finishing up a few of my woven leather pieces, and I've already got one listed up on Etsy!






"Night on Route 66" is a FIVE ROW hand-beaded leather wrap featuring hematite skulls and a limited edition TierraCast brand Route 66 button! This is a much larger bracelet than my traditional wraps. It features five rows, and I designed it to fit men's wrists over 8 inches. So I can total picture this on a "dude's" wrist!




Square Czech-Mates Azure Beads and Sterling Bracelet

See that thread? Yep, I'm a little disappointed with my current nylon thread, but I plan to power through it since this is a piece for myself! I'm still working on a few of my bracelets, and others I'm just waiting for my supplies to come in. The Evil Eye bracelet featured in the first image is a FAV of all my friends, but the focal connector bead is always out of stock. I finally found a supplier that I can get these from on a regular basis!





In the meantime, be sure to check out my Etsy Shop here!



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 28, 2017 at 12:27PM


The Approach - La Luz #Trail, Sandia Mountains. #NewMexico #hiking #nmnomad #travel via Instagram http://ift.tt/2o3cISB

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 26, 2017 at 02:12PM


#Sunday #Treasures: 2 great #rockhounding finds & I finished my #handmade #leather wrap bracelet with natural stone #beads! #petrifiedwood #geode #crystals #quartz via Instagram http://ift.tt/2nCLZMh