Desert Flowers Trip: Day Five

– Roswell, New Mexico to Denton, Texas – Well, getting in so late and going to bed around midnight last night caught up with us. When our alarm went off this morning to get our butts out of bed and go run, we just couldn’t do it. It was still dark out, and we were…

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Desert Flowers Trip: Day Four

– Mesa, Arizona to Roswell, New Mexico – It has been a very long day. We have packed way too many things into one 5-day trip. I wish we could’ve done 6 days, or even 7. Alas, Mark and I are teaching a Software Carpentry event on Wednesday and Thursday, so we will just have…

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Desert Flowers Trip: Day Three

– Tucson, Arizona to Mesa, Arizona – Well, we did it. We found some flowers in the desert, so our trip has at least lived up to its name. They weren’t everywhere, and it certainly wasn’t a super bloom, but we definitely got to see some flowering cactus and some wildflowers. Success! Today ended up…

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Desert Flowers Trip: Day Two

– El Paso, Texas to Tucson, Arizona – Well, today didn’t go as planned. It was also a very long day, even though we did not run this morning, and made it out of our hotel at a reasonable hour. We got up at 5, we showered and had our hotel breakfast, and we hustled…

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Desert Flowers Trip: Day One

– Denton, Texas to El Paso, Texas – The name of this trip is somewhat hopeful, I suppose. In years past, Mark and I have heard about super blooms of flowers in the desert this time of year, and tried on several occasions to plan spur of the moment trips to places like Death Valley…

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Horseshoe Bend Trip: Day Five

– Santa Fe, New Mexico to Denton, Texas – I love running in Santa Fe. We’ve gotten so used to the route now. I think we have run in Santa Fe the most out of almost any city, save for Denton and maybe Beggs, where Mark’s parents live. As always, the altitude is pretty different…

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Horseshoe Bend Trip: Day Four

– Durango, Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico – Today began with a bit of a disappointment. We were all ready to go run this morning when we realized that the temperature was 14°F outside, and the wind chill made it feel like 5°. Even though we were prepared with plenty of clothes for cold…

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Horseshoe Bend Trip: Day Three

– Page, Arizona to Durango, Colorado – Oh my gosh. Today has been such a busy day that I’m surprised I’ve even managed to find the time to write this tonight. Let me begin by saying my day began at 5:30am, and I am absolutely exhausted. What a day. Like I said, we started early,…

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Horseshoe Bend Trip: Day Two

– Albuquerque, New Mexico to Page, Arizona – Man, it was chilly for our run this morning. Albuquerque has an elevation of somewhere around 5,000 ft, and this is never more apparent than just around dawn in the winter. Luckily, we brought plenty of warm running clothes, so we were all bundled up for our…

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Horseshoe Bend Trip: Day One

– Denton, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico – Whew. Christmas is a lot of work. It’s over now, and so is school. It’s finally time to have some fun. So, where are we going this winter? And are my parents along for the ride? As to where we are going, our ultimate destination is basically…

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