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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 25, 2017 at 03:28PM


Today's #rockhounding #haul. Not sure what the blobby white thing is in the middle? #rockcollecting #rocks #gemsandminerals #petrifiedwood via Instagram http://ift.tt/2n3q6lb

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A quick trip to the Laguna Pueblo...for a feast!

So...while I didn't go hiking this weekend, I did get the rare opportunity to witness a feast.  The Laguna Pueblo had their St. Joseph's Feast this past weekend, and I was invited.  While this was an event that did not allow photography in some areas, some Feasts and Festivals do allow them. I hope to be invited to another soon, if not for the photography, but the GIANT frybread tacos and burgers!

Photos from the Trail: March 21, 2017 at 07:46PM


"Messy Hair, Don't Care" -when your #bestie @lovely_lights_romero invites you to your first Feast, you come as you are! A First Peoples/Native American feast invitation is an honor. Many feast/festivals have a strict no media policy, so no photos of the amazing traditional dances , sacred buildings or ceremonies, it's just something you need to witness on your own. If you're ever invited, check with locals about rules and always show as much respect as this giant Navajo taco I'm holding. #roadtrip #messyhair #nofilter #southwest #ipulledoverforthis via Instagram http://ift.tt/2nHK5us

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 19, 2017 at 10:47AM


"We now interrupt your regularly scheduled #hiking Insta for...." Took a day or two off hiking to check out rocks! The #dukecity had a gem and mineral show...Had to go and lighten the pockets, then fill said pockets with rocks. #albuquerque #bobatea #travelnewmexico #rockcollecting #rockhound #gemsandminerals #505 #southwest via Instagram http://ift.tt/2mJnzgO

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 16, 2017 at 02:11PM


Obligatory #hikingboots photo! #shoutout to @keen for making a wide #hiking shoe that fits. The Men's Durand WP wide boot helped this little lady hiker scale these slippery cold rocks above frozen Jemez Falls. Jemez Springs, New Mexico. #hikenm #unlikelyhikers #nmnomad via Instagram http://ift.tt/2nwQXaR

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 12, 2017 at 04:45PM


She's the smallest little #dog #hiker, and I'm trying to get smaller via #hiking. We're quite the #unlikelyhikers. Since moving to such a high elevation, I can't run as much as I used to, but I'm definitely going to put more energy this year into becoming a better version of me. #healthy #outdoors #thisiswhyihike #hikenm via Instagram http://ift.tt/2mgH670

Photos from the Trail: March 12, 2017 at 10:40AM


"Littlest Rockhound" -not my best pic, but Pepper and I are definitely excited over this piece of #petrifiedwood we found. #rockhounding in #NewMexico just 2 miles from my house. #rockhound #hikingwithdogs #hiking via Instagram http://ift.tt/2mX69AJ

Friday, March 10, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 10, 2017 at 09:37AM


"Whaddya mean we have to go already?" -Bender Oak at the Sandy Bluffs. El Malpais National Monument, #NewMexico. #hikingdogsofinstagram #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1. #hikingwithdogs #hiking #landofenchantment #findyourpark via Instagram http://ift.tt/2mrB70Y

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 08, 2017 at 10:24AM


Sandstone Bluffs Overlook. El Malpais NCA, #NewMexico. #blueskies and #fluffyclouds with the #Canoneos SL1. #thisiswhyihike #canonfanphoto #findyourpark via Instagram http://ift.tt/2mBVASK

Monday, March 6, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 06, 2017 at 09:11PM


"Adventures Ahead" - Edit #1, #blackandwhite. This is my entry for @hikingdogsofinsta #k9perspectives contest. Bender Oak looks towards the Sandia Crest Peak. #SandiaMountains #NewMexico. via Instagram http://ift.tt/2mZqdPU

Friday, March 3, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 03, 2017 at 10:53AM


#Goodbye #Winter - melting #icicles near Jemez Falls, New Mexico. #ipulledoverforthis #travelnewmexico #travelphotography via Instagram http://ift.tt/2mmX6Zz

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blue Chalcedony

So....

Along with my Social Media presence being affected by work, it's also eaten into A LOT of my hiking time.  I'm LUCKY if I get a single day during the weekend for a simple day hike.

A recent short trip to Socorro allowed for some brief rockhounding, and it re-invigorated my interest in rock collecting.  Despite only a few small specimens, I was able to gather some decent Chalcedony.  I think I got myself some Blue Chalcedony! Check this out:



Chalcedony (especially Rose and Blue) used to be all the rage a few decades ago.  It makes for some lovely pendants and rings.  Recently, it's made a come-back with younger generations.  Just check places like Etsy and Pinterest....

I'll be adding it to my collection of unique stuff.  Below is a fire agate I was lucky enough to snag on a day hike in "The Dirt" and a broken botryoidal I got from my first camping trip in Socorro. 

I really love rock hounding, and hiking.  I'm lucky that New Mexico has so many places where you can do both...Now if I could just get the chance to do both more often!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 01, 2017 at 10:20AM


"Ugly Pretty" -A #botroyoidal #chalcedony & possible #fire #agate (feel free to let me know if I'm wrong, I'm still learning!)... #macrophotography #closeup with the #Canoneos SL1 & EF 55-250 STM lens. #rockhounding in #newmexico is awesome. #travelnewmexico #teamcanon via Instagram http://ift.tt/2ld5sTQ

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Photos from the Trail: February 28, 2017 at 02:18PM


"The Magic in Mistakes" - This is what happens when you sneeze. Brightly lit "M" marker on top of the mountains as you're driving #southwest in #newmexico. #ipulledoverforthis #travelnewmexico #travel via Instagram http://ift.tt/2mazYNN

Monday, February 27, 2017

Photos from the Trail: February 27, 2017 at 09:20PM


"The Dirt" The western edge of Rio Rancho, #newmexico literally drops off into a vast expanse of mesas, mountains, hoodoos and endless #blueskies. #Canoneos SL1 & EF 55-250 STM lens. #hiking #dukecityigers #newmexicotrue via Instagram http://ift.tt/2m5C5lT

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Photos from the Trail: February 26, 2017 at 07:11PM


#rockhounding find from my last trip to Socorro, #newmexico. I think it's blue #chalcedony but if any #rockhound out there can help, I'd appreciate it! #canonfanphoto #macrophotography #closeup with the #canoneos SL1 & EF 55-250 STM. #rockcollecting #gemstones #rocksandminerals #hiking via Instagram http://ift.tt/2m0iun3

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Photos from the Trail: February 23, 2017 at 08:51AM


"Springtime in the Springs Ruins" -Jemez Historic site near Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Snows melting, and blue skies are here. #canonfanphoto with the #canoneos SL1 & EF 10-20mm. #newmexicotrue via Instagram http://ift.tt/2moXPpg

Monday, February 20, 2017

Photos from the Trail: February 20, 2017 at 09:25AM


"Malapropos" haven't made many posts on Social Media lately...I have a #bully that won't stop texting/calling/messaging me & it's gotten to the point of menacing. All I wanted was to have a few days off away from the world...but its all left me an empty shell... #ghosttown #blackandwhite #abandoned #canoneos SL1 & EF 10-20mm. via Instagram http://ift.tt/2lenrYs