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If you think you’ve seen everything that shines in New Mexico, just look up at the night sky from Cosmic Campground and you’ll find even more to admire. Las Cruces astrophotographer Bob Kimball, a retired college dean from Michigan, describes it as a place where coyotes serenade visitors during the beautiful, quiet nights. When he visits, he is often accompanied by his 4-inch refracting telescope as well as other astrophotographers from Las Cruces. Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary (CCIDSS), … Read More
Old Chairs, Old Memories | By Snowsports Journalist Daniel Gibson | A fun, new, short film I ran across online, the Solomon-produced 12-minute documentary titled “The Chairlift,” got me thinking about these mechanical devices that are so essential to downhill skiing as we know it. While self-powered backcountry skiing is growing by leaps and bounds, almost every skier or snowboarder first stoked their snow passions by riding chairlifts and skiing within developed areas. It is probably the single greatest invention … Read More
A visit to City of Rocks State Park puts me in mind of Jonathan Swift’s 18th century satirical novel, Gulliver’s Travels. During a recent visit, I couldn’t help but feel like the book’s Lilliputians, the tiny people who “capture” Gulliver — a giant to them — who washes up on their shores. Except in this case, I am the Lilliputian surrounded by the park’s jumble of massive rock formations: boulders, hoodoos, and pinnacles, some soaring 40 feet in height from … Read More