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January 2010

After reading about the Great Sand Dunes over at Colorado Lifestyle the family and I decided to head over to Monahans to play in Texas’ own oversized sandbox. The Monhans Sandhills State Park is located about an hour west of Midland on interstate 20. The park consists of 3840 acres of sand dunes, some up to 70 feet high. The park invites people to come and play in the sand in a verity of ways.Since we were visiting in January

Who is to say for sure? I have to admit I have always been a little skeptical of the Global warming bandwagon. Its not that I don’t believe in protecting the earth. Or that mankind has a tremendous impact. I am just a little skeptical when everyone starts to jump one aspect of the very broad issue of conservation.Well now I read On Walkabout that temperature data all over the world is being manipulated to make it look like the

Guadalupe peak is the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet. Last April a good friend and I set out to summit on a two day backpacking trip. The hike to the peak can actually be done in a fast day trip with the trail to the top lasting just over 4 miles. A group of teens and I once made it to the peak and back in less than five hours one unusually cold august day. But this last

Long's Peak, Elevation: 14,259, Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo Credit: Flicker user UHLMANI would like to join Compass Points in saying happy birthday to Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is 95 years old today January the 26th.

I have recently applied to teach youth at Camp Blue Haven near Las Vegas, New Mexico. I do not know yet if I will be accepted, but if I am I will get the opportunity to work for one week this summer with teenagers ranging from the fifth grade to recent high school graduates.Camp Blue Haven sprawls over 1,100 acres in the heart of Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The camp has an abundance of rugged mountain terrain covered

The Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountain Preserve has released their open day weekends for 2010. The Davis Mountian Preserve (home of Mt. Livermoore 8378 feet, highest in the Davis Mountain range) will be open on the folowing dates:Open Weekend March 12-14: Open from noon on Friday March 12th, until 2:00 pm Sunday March 14th.Open Day April 17th: Open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday April 17th.Open Weekend May 7-9: Open from noon on Friday May 7th until 2:00 pm Sunday May

At the foot of the Davis Mountains on Farm to Market Road 3078 a little church was built more than 100 years ago. We don’t know when Mission Mary was built but the first written records began in 1902. Sometime around 1940, when travel became easier and people moved away, the mission was abandoned and became the home for bats and livestock. Now, thanks to the La Calera Foundation who restored the mission in 2003, Mission Mary is open to

Starting in Fort Davis and continuing 75 miles around Hwy 166 and 118 is the Davis Mountains Scenic Loop. Taking approximately 1.5 hours to drive the loop begins and ends in the small town of Fort Davis.One of the least crowded and most scenic drives in Texas the loop takes you around Mount Locke, Fowlkes, Madera Canyon, Sawtooth Mountain and other sites such as McDonald Observatory. The loop reaches its highest point at 6700 feet which, consequently, is the