• Bandelier National Monument || TERRAGOES.COM
    Adventures,  National Parks,  New Mexico,  U.S.A.

    Finding Solitude at Bandelier National Monument & also a Tarantula

    It’s been four months since I went to New Mexico. It was the first solo trip I’d ever taken and I can’t stop thinking about it, especially lately as I put together my next adventure, this time to Arizona for my birthday in March. I keep coming back to the way I felt while I was there, to these specific moments that seem suspended in my memory. They’re glowy, like an old television flashback, with a certain amount of sparkle around the edges. In New Mexico, I visited my two favorite parks on the same day. I started at Valles Caldera, arriving just after the gates opened at 8 a.m.,…

  • Fort Union National Monument || TERRAGOES.COM
    Adventures,  National Parks,  New Mexico,  U.S.A.

    Chasing Ghosts at Fort Union National Monument

    When the park ranger at Fort Union National Monument asked me what I thought about the site, I told him it was creepy. He said that was an unusual response, one he didn’t get regularly, but that I was the second person that day to call the place creepy. I tried to qualify the statement. I told him creepy wasn’t exactly the right word. The place felt eerie, maybe, sort of ghostly and maybe even haunted.

  • Petroglyph National Monument || TERRAGOES.COM
    Adventures,  National Parks,  New Mexico,  U.S.A.

    Exploring History at Petroglyph National Monument

    In going to New Mexico, I wanted to experience two things: National Parks and really good food. So, upon my arrival in New Mexico, I went straight for the tacos, at Kelly’s Brew Pub, where I met a bartender who shared my name. I took meeting her as a good omen since she was only the second Terra I’d ever met and then I scampered to Petroglyph National Monument, to get my first taste of New Mexico’s national park scene.

  • Six Days of National Parking in New Mexico || TERRAGOES.COM
    Adventures,  National Parks,  New Mexico,  U.S.A.

    How to Spend 6 Days National Parking in New Mexico

    My trip to New Mexico was my first-ever solo trip and I launched into planning mode before I even booked the tickets. I ordered a travel guide, started a Pinterest board, perused the National Park Service website and flipped through some of my favorite travel blogs to see if they had any suggestions on what I should be doing with my time in New Mexico. The result of all that planning was a six-day adventure, with an early flight in and a late flight out, that took me across 800 miles of northern New Mexico, though five National Park units and one bonus park managed by the Bureau of Land Management.