The American Southwest, the Land of Enchantment, the city different. I’m new to this amazing landscape and have been trying get out and see as much as possible. Hiking and camping with my dog and husband have been a great relief and way to connect to this new state. A bit about me: I don’t like to hike more that 8 miles in a day, and I love car camping, I love being outside, and taking pictures of my dog, Brandy.

The desert landscape is a lot to learn. Here’s what I’ve gathered so far:

  1. Bring lots of water. It is DRY. You can sweat and breathe out over a gallon an hour when you are exerting yourself on a warm summer day.
  2. Wear sun-protecting clothing. I bought a great light weight long-sleeved top that has a hood and it has been a lifesaver! I look a little like an oompa-loompa (even though it is blue), but that’s alright.
  3. Bring tweezers if you’re hiking with a dog. They WILL find cacti and you WILL have to get it out somehow.
  4. The parking lots will seem full at certain trailheads, but people disperse once you get going.
  5. Have fun. After a long hike go back to your place, or campsite and have a beer or margarita, you’ve earned it.

Get out there! Have fun! Explore!