Get Outside!

New Mexico has fantastic weather year round enabling a variety of options for enjoying the outdoors! A key part of healthy living!!


Twin Warriors Golf Club at the Tamaya Resort

Tamaya golf

This October, my husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary with a round of golf at Twin Warriors and one night at the Tamaya resort located in Bernalillo (about a 20 minute drive from Albuquerque). You can see some lovely pictures of the golf course at their website however,…

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Cienega Canyon Nature Trail

Meadow Cienega Nature Trail

One of my favorite areas in the Sandia Mountains is Cienega Canyon. This is a gorgeous, peaceful picnic area with a lovely spring and plenty of hiking. This area is also special because it has several paved trails. The Cienega Canyon Nature Trail, also known as the Cienega Canyon Interpretive…

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Countdown to Brazil-Starting with Coyote Call Trail

iris valles caldera brazil

Written by Shannon McCoy-Hayes My husband and I are traveling to Brazil and Argentina in August. Our destination is Iguazu Falls but we’ll also be staying at an eco-lodge in the rainforest in Misiones. Sounds idyllic, right? Well, I’m not going to lie. I’m terrified. I have been sedentary for…

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Kasha-Katawe Tent Rocks- An Unforgettable Day Hike

slot canyon view tent rocks

The cool, clear, brisk days of late fall is the best time of year to visit Tent Rocks, a favorite day trip of mine, and a fantastic place to take the kids. An adventure of slot canyons and whimsical rock formations that look like tents, or if you are hungry,…

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TWA Canyon Hike

Sandia Mountain TWA

Today we are going to the TWA crash site in the Sandia Mountains. Back in 1955, a TWA flight headed for Santa Fe left Albuquerque in a snow storm. Sadly, the flight lasted only a few minutes when it veered off course and crashed into the mountain. There were investigations…

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Anniversary Adventure #2: The Balloon Fiesta by Bike

There really isn’t too much that is healthy at the Balloon Fiesta. It has long been a pet peeve of mine because first, you have to get up at 4 am to get there. It is an international event, so people from all over the world come and there are…

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Anniversary Adventure #1: Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course

Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course

This weekend is our 21st wedding anniversary and we have several adventures planned. The day started out nicely with me waking up to roses. My  husband and kiddos are on fall break so I decided to take the day off and we played 9 holes at Arroyo Del Oso Golf…

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The North Golf Course

The UNM North Golf Course is a 9-hole course with a 2 mile, paved running track on the perimeter. I have run this track for more than 16 years. If you want to make your run a little longer, you skip the path and run along the arroyo on the west side of the trail.

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Albuquerque Academy Cross Country Trail

Sunrise at the Albuquerque Academy

The Albuquerque Academy is a private middle/high school in Albuquerque’s NE Heights. The route around its perimeter is approximately 3.5 miles and it has an official 5K cross country track inside that the school team utilizes.   The outside has a wide path and accommodates bikers. There is an actual…

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Sandia Foothills

New Mexico Sunset from Sandia Foothills

The Sandia foothills are a wonderful free resources for walking, biking, hiking, running and photography. Most access points from town are free. When frequented in the early morning and evening hours, wildlife abounds! Here is a link to a map of the Sandia Foothill trail system maintained by the City of Albuquerque.

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