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Try Not to Breathe

Try Not to Breathe

“I have seen things that you will never see” – REM Although today seemed a bit like cheating since we only hiked 4 miles, we made up for the lack of mileage with some awesome sights! Of course, the Saguaro cacti that Saguaro National Park is named for are amazing. They towered over us as we hiked along the washes that run through the Cactus Forest in Saguaro’s Rincon Mountain District. As the girls worked to complete yet another junior…

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From Eden

From Eden

“Babe, there’s something wretched about this / Something so precious about this / Oh what a sin” – Hozier Another day, another NPS site visit! Today we hit the Coronado National Memorial which sits on the north side of the Arizona / Mexico border. We’d be planning on a quick visit to Coronado Cave and Coronado Peak, but after stopping at the ranger station we slightly amended our plan. We began by driving most of the way up Coronado Peak,…

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I’m Too Sexy

I’m Too Sexy

“I’m too sexy / Too sexy for my shirt / So sexy it hurts.” – Right Said Fred Day 10 has brought us to Bisbee, Arizona. This isn’t a place that I knew existed a couple days ago. But it does, and we’re here now. Last night we decided to roll with our decision to camp. It may not have been the right decision because as soon as we finished setting up our tents the thunderstorms began. Zoe and I…

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Like A Prayer

Like A Prayer

“Life is a mystery . . . It’s like a little prayer . . . I wanna take you there” – Madonna Wow, what a day Day 9 has been! Since the the area is finally getting some much needed rain we were forced to improvise a bit, but it sure did turn into an interesting day! After sleeping in a bit and breakfast at the hotel we headed for our first destination of the day – Pistachioland. We learned…

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The Cave

The Cave

“‘Cause I need freedom now and I need to know how; To live my life as it’s meant to be” – Mumford & Sons We must have hit the part of the trip where we all need a little down time. As soon as we arrived at our hotel in Alamogordo, NM we decided that we would get some pizza and eat it in the room while writing and watching the Food Network. Since there was still plenty of cold…

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Short Skirt / Long Jacket

Short Skirt / Long Jacket

“She’s touring the facilities” – Cake We completed our tour of Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas today! I’m the last person to write today, so I’ve already read what the girls have written and I think I need to clarify my attitude toward today’s hike. As I’ve written all along my biggest concern this summer is heat. And if it is 100 degrees out, or even anywhere near that, no one in their right mind would climb a…

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Castle on the Hill

Castle on the Hill

“I’m on my way; Driving at ninety down those country lanes; Singing to ‘Tiny Dance’” – Ed Sheeran With only one NPS site on the agenda for today it seems like it should have been a low key day. Since that one site had a visitor’s center as well as three other units and we also included two museums and 5 hours worth of driving, it’s amazing that I’m sitting at the Wellhead Brewery in Artesia, NM sipping on a…

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Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

“I’m walking on sunshine, And don’t it feel good” – Katrina and the Waves No, no it doesn’t feel good at all. I mentioned previously that my biggest fear for #RTXVIII was heat. Today was hot, but I’m a bit concerned that I may have used that title too soon since there are likely many more hot days ahead of us, and today wasn’t even that bad. What a busy day 5 it was though! Since we wrote early afternoon…

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Can’t Stop The Feeling!

Can’t Stop The Feeling!

“I got that sunshine in my pocket Got that good soul in my feet” – Justin Timberlake Today’s stop, Bandelier National Monument, was one of those parks that left me wanting more. As I mentioned a couple days ago our original plan to backpack here had to be nixed due to the high fire danger. Instead we caught the shuttle into the park and got off at the first stop at the top of the Frey Trail. This trail was…

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Carefree Highway

Carefree Highway

“Carefree highway, let me slip away, slip away on you” – Gordon Lightfoot With three NPS sites in one day, day three of RTXVIII was absolutely packed. Molly and I are sitting by a lovely pool on a lovely night outside Santa Fe, NM, but I’m exhausted so I’m going to do my best to keep this brief. Our first stop was at Capulin Volcano National Monument. To the best of my recollection it’s the first volcano I’ve ever been…

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