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Travel the State with Presenter Bill Dunmire Thursday

on September 26, 2012 - 10:19am

By Kirsten Laskey

New Mexico is unique to the rest of the nation in many senses including the amount of unspoiled natural landscape in the state.

Viewing these expansive open spaces is a real treat, although it would probably require some lengthy car trips.

On Thursday, however, Los Alamos residents can tour their state by simply heading down to Mesa Public Library. Bill Dunmire is the featured speaker for this month’s Authors Speak and his talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda.

Dunmire served 28 years in the National Park Service, mostly as a naturalist in a number of parks

Redbook Names Albuquerque and Santa Fe Among 'Most Romantic Date Destinations' in America

on August 31, 2012 - 11:10am

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Staff report:

Redbook magazine has released its list of the "Most Romantic Date Destinations" in America and Los Alamos has three of them in its own back yard ... or just a day's drive away. 

Redbook's list:

  • The Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York
  • St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Top of the Rock, New York City
  • The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
  • St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Harvest Inn, Napa Valley, Calif.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Newport, RI.
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Sedona, Ariz.
  • Charleston, S.C.

In Albuquerque,

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: South Fork

on July 25, 2012 - 7:03am

Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey

Seeing a Whole New Side to South Fork

One of the great things about leaving your front door is that you can encounter anything. Anticipation for what you might stumble upon hums loudly as you move down the road.

I heard that hum of excitement as my parents and I recently drove to South Fork, Colo., despite the fact that I have visited this tiny “burg” several times in the past.

Photo: D&RGW water tower in South Fork. By Kirsten Laskey

My parents own a parcel of land in the area and were members the Rio Grande Club golf course.

I’ve spent many afternoons

Boy Scout Troop 22 Completes Philmont Cavalcade

on July 9, 2012 - 6:44pm

Standing on top of Mount Baldy from left, Jonathan Osden, Matthew Davenport, Miles Barkley, Walter Barkley, Jack Barkley, Ben Shirey, Bridger Spearing, Alex Shirey, Robert Shirey, Brad Morley, Steven Calhoun, Devon McCleskey, Nick Greenfield and Dane Spearing. Courtesy Photo

Boy Scout Troop 22 of Los Alamos has completed the cavalcade at the Philmont high-adventure camp in Cimarron.

Eleven boys, aged 14 through 16 and three adults, spent eight days riding horseback through the rugged mountains of northeastern New Mexico near the Valle Vidal.

Starting at base camp, this group was often up

Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

on May 16, 2012 - 9:34am

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.

Thayers Travel to Africa

on May 8, 2012 - 8:08am

Longtime Los Alamos residents Nina and Gary Thayer pose outside their accomodations while traveling in Africa last year. The couple spent Oct. 22 to Nov. 7 on their Serengiti Safari to Tanzania and presented photographs and a talk about their adventures to the Rotary Club last Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo from the Thayer Collection

Rotarian Nina Thayer shares details of the couple's trip last fall to Tanzania wth the Los Alamos Rotary Club as her husband Gary Thayer operates a computerized slide show of the adventure. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A Quick Weekend Getaway to Taos

on March 16, 2012 - 12:06pm

 

San Francisco de Asis Church

My wife and I decided we needed to get out of town overnight. We didn't want to spend a lot of time in the car so we decided to head to Taos and hit some of the museums we hadn't seen yet.

We called and got last minute reservations at the Sagebrush Inn, which is a funky historic adobe hotel on the left as you are driving into Taos from the South (a little before the Wal-Mart). We got a last minute room rate of $89 bucks for a suite, which included a nice hot breakfast with eggs, bacon, hash browns and juice/coffee. (Mmmmmm Bacon and such a deal!) 

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A Day Trip Excursion by Rail

on February 6, 2012 - 5:00pm
 
My wife and I decided to take an excursion down to Albuquerque for the afternoon on the Rail Runner a while back. We parked in downtown Santa Fe at the Rail Yard in the new underground parking lot. It cost a buck to park all day.

We took the short walk to the train depot and jumped on board at 11:20 a.m. Upstairs in the train there are groupings of four seats that face each other with a narrow table in between.

A ticket taker shows up after a while and you pay with cash or by credit card. The round trip to Albuquerque cost 8 bucks for adults, 6 for seniors and kids under 10 free.

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