Sunday, January 17, 2016

2015 Sock Monkey Trekkers Adventures

We love to travel, but our hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico also offers beautiful
views and dozens of hiking trails and three nearby national parks/monuments
I thought about writing a year in review after reading so many other blogs, but thought maybe not since we are only part-timers and don't have as many adventures to share. Friends always tell me that we seem to have more trips and adventures than anyone else they know. I decided to make a list. Wowzers! We went a lot of places in 2015. So, I guess a 2015 wrap-up would be appropriate. Links are to the original posts in case you missed one.

Maui and Honolulu for our niece Sarah's wedding  [Destinations]
Waikiki Beach from the air

Greg drove to Las Vegas to meet me to watch our nephew compete in a Warhammer tournament.
      Los Alamos to Yuma
      Yuma to Laughlin 
      Tecopa Hot Springs, Pahrump, Red Rocks & Las Vegas
      Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Valley of Fire & Snowbird Mesa
Vegas for Warhammer and a snowy Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Touring Taos Earthships (New Mexico)
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV Park (Colorado)
Hiking the Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

Sand Dunes National Park
Hiking across from the Sand Dunes Swimming Pool

Chaco Canyon National Monument (New Mexico)
I didn't write about this year's trip, but here is blog post from year the year before. [2014 Post]
We love Chaco Canyon and try to go several times each year. Great hiking and amazing night skies. But a rough road to get there.

Faywood Hot Springs & Silver City (New Mexico)
Gila Hot Springs & Gila Cliff Dwellings (New Mexico)

2015 Chaco Canyon
Orient Land Trust/Valley View Hot Springs (Colorado)
Utah for family graduation & baptism - Lake Jordanelle
Utah to Mt. Rushmore
    Part 1 - Utah
    Part 2 - Wyoming
    Part 3 - Mt. Rushmore & Custer State Park
    Part 4 - Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and back to Los Alamos NM

Buffalo at Custer State Park

We made it to Mt. Rushmore

Crazy Horse Memorial

Valles Caldera and hiking Pajarito Mountain (Los Alamos, NM)

Valles Caldera

4th of July in Pagosa Springs (Colorado)
Boondocking at Alta Lakes (Colorado)

Pagosa Springs, Colorado looking down into the valley where we camped

Boondocking site near Alta Lakes

Crestone Music Festival (Colorado)
Cumbres, Toltec Railroad (New Mexico) & Ouray (Colorado)

Crestone, Colorado

Breckenridge, Red Rocks, Strawberry Hot Springs & Aspen (Colorado)
      Part 1 - Breckenridge
      Part 2 - Strawberry Hot Springs and Aspen

Difficult Campground in Aspen, Colorado

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and Xscapers 1st Convergence (New Mexico)

Greg drove to California to meet me for family birthday party
      Los Alamos to Salvation Mountain to San Diego to Lake Tahoe to Concord
      Concord to Laughlin to north rim of Grand Canyon
Homemade go cart fun with our niece and nephew

The heat of Laughlin, NV to the wet, cold of the Grand Canyon all on the same day
Cloudy north rim of the Grand Canyon

Elephant Butte & Bosque del Apache (New Mexico)

Blogger Meet-ups 
We had our first blogger meet up in 2014 when we got the chance to hike and eat with Amanda and Tim of Watsons Wander. This year, we went to our first blogger/fulltimer gathering at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. It was the first convergence for Xscapers. We met a number of bloggers who we have followed including Wheeling ItTechnomadiaRV WanderlustDrive, Dive DevourRolling RecessThe Roaming PintThe Kuhl OdysseyRV OutlawzWanderWasiRolling Under the StarsThisawayz and Thatawayz. We also drove to Abiquiu Lake to meet and chat with Evie and her mom (Joy). Before the Balloon Fiesta we went to Santa Fe to have dinner with Brittany & Eric of RV Wanderlust. We camped next to Rolling with Grass and met Kate and her dogs at Elephant Butte and chatted with Lynne of Winnie Views at Bosque del Apache where she was volunteering.

It was an adventure filled year and we can't wait to see where all we go and who we meet in 2016!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh you guys really get around. I'm so glad that mom and I were a part of you year. We hope to see you again sometime in 2016. Safe travels and keep it up.
    Evie and Joy


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