Public Comment on National Monuments Review

A recent executive order signed by President Trump orders Secretary Zinke to review a significant series of National Monuments declared by prior presidents over the last 20 years.Public comments are now being accepted at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001

I have decided to make my comments public here, and I encourage all US Citizens to consider submitting their own comments (please try to make your own arguments, in your own, personal words) in support of our National Monuments–land currently being protected as the birthright of not only ourselves as US Citizens but for all future generations to come after us.  Continue reading Public Comment on National Monuments Review

Bandelier and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monuments, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Manhattan Project NHP

This last weekend, I finally headed out to visit some of the national parks around the Los Alamos area. On Saturday, I went to Bandelier National Monument and then drove up to Valles Caldera National Preserve, doing some light hiking at both. Not finished quite yet, I drove back into Los Alamos and visited the open areas of Manhattan Project National Historical Park. On Sunday, I then made the drive down to Kasha-Katuwe National Monument for the available hiking there. Continue reading Bandelier and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monuments, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Manhattan Project NHP

El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments

Time to catch up on the blog! After hanging out just outside of El Malpais National Monument for a week, I spent last weekend exploring El Malpais itself and also El Morro National Monument before heading up to Los Alamos. The next week brought snow and cold in the mountains, so I didn’t get out this weekend, but I did actually enjoy hanging out in the snow and tasting some New Mexico Chili with locals.

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