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Travels with Cats now available in paperback

My memoir of the 4,700-mile road trip I took with Sauks and Andy in 2016 is now available on Amazon, both in paperback and on Kindle. If you buy the paperback, the Kindle version is included for free. It includes dozens of maps and photographs, which are in color in the ebook. Travels with Cats…
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Waiting for the monsoons

By Anne Leonard | Jun 28, 2018

Virtually all of the hiking trails in New Mexico are closed due to extreme fire risk. This explains the elbow-to-elbow crowds my houseguests and I encountered at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks between Albuquerque and Santa Fe on Tuesday. This slot canyon is maintained by the BLM and there is little vegetation to ignite, so it is one…

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Hiking in a mountain garden

By Anne Leonard | Jun 23, 2018

Went on one of my favorite hikes in the Vail Valley yesterday, East Lake Creek. It’s been a few years since I’ve been on this trek through an aspen forest. I also don’t recall being on it when the wild raspberries were in bloom. I know they are raspberries because I’ve eaten many when hiking…

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Telluride Flashbacks

By Anne Leonard | Jun 20, 2018

“Have you been here before?” asked the unknown woman I was following back to camp in the dark my first night in Telluride. “No,” I lied. Actually, it was so long ago I was at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (1979? 1980?) I don’t think it really counts. It’s a much bigger deal today. Back then…

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Changeable weather in Mesa Verde

By Anne Leonard | Jun 18, 2018

It wasn’t raining when I pulled into Mesa Verde Saturday evening, but I’d already wimped out and booked a room at the Far View Lodge. And I should have known that once I settled into my room with a view, I wasn’t about to abandon it for a tent. It rained hard Saturday night and…

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Much-needed rain

By Anne Leonard | Jun 16, 2018

Woke up to rain this morning. Not one of those monsoon gully washers (we’re still a few weeks away from those), but a nice soft rain. To say it is needed is an vast understatement. In a farewell-for-the-time-being move (since they were closing the forest and I’m heading to Colorado for a week), I went…

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Cibola National Forest is closing

By Anne Leonard | Jun 14, 2018

It is dry, dry, dry in New Mexico. The state didn’t get any snow to speak of this winter and the monsoons are still a couple weeks away. I heard that the Santa Fe and Jemez national forests were closed due to extreme fire risk as I was driving in two weeks ago. While hiking…

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Settling into my summer home

By Anne Leonard | Jun 6, 2018

I’m not going to check and see if I used the same blog title for my first posting in Tijeras last year. Sauks, Andy and I crossed the New Mexico state line on Friday. When I stopped in Santa Rosa for gas, I noticed it was appreciably cooler than the Texas Panhandle. The cats are…

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My last day in Texas

By Anne Leonard | May 31, 2018

I am sheltering from 100-degree heat in a tiny cabin in the Texas Panhandle. So much for hiking the fern cave loop. It was doable first thing this morning, but that wasn’t in the cards. I slept in, drank coffee and enjoyed a cool morning breeze. Yes, it is hot here but I have now…

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On the road again

By Anne Leonard | May 28, 2018

After an unusually nice spring, Houston’s heat and humidity has moved in with a vengeance. So I am now on the road to New Mexico. I got to Waco just after dark last night. The plan was to visit a friend, but alas she is sick. Today I am backtracking to Burnet to visit friends…

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