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Adventure in Copper Canyon

Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains

Canyons in general have a wonderful impact on me, and I want to go and explore them. In this case, the attraction is heightened by the fact that Copper Canyon enjoys a winter climate that must be considered balmy, especially when, like me, one wants to escape a particularly icy February in Philadelphia. Therefore, one recent winter morning, I set out for Mexico, intent on backpacking into and through some of those magnificent canyons that are often compared with, or against, the one and only Grand Canyon. I had read a couple of books, I had ordered some topographic maps, and I had stowed all my travel and hiking gear in my recently acquired 1987 Dodge Ram minivan. I was ready. How was I to know that this simple backpacking trip was to become an epic that would cost me the car, almost destroy my tent in a little kitchen fire, send me to a foot doctor, have me hire a local to recover my cached equipment, and give me the opportunity to make new friends from across the ocean and across the country.

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Game of Faro in the late 1800s

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Poised on the far side of a natural amphitheatre, Delicate Arch is a grand sight to see.  Maybe it was the stormy sky or the rainbow in the distance, but it felt like I was on top of the world and somehow closer to heaven.  My eyes scanned the landscape as I took in the scene in front of me.   As time slowly ticked by I became lost in the moment.  It was so peaceful there.  It was a place where you could detach from the noise around you and just be still.   Read more…

Anita Pallenberg, Gram Parsons and Keith Richards in Joshua Tree

Top 10 Reasons to Visit White Sands National Park

By Debra Lane | Photos by Debra Gulbas

White Sands National Park is known for its majestic white, rolling dunes that blanket the northern part of the Chihuahuan Desert. Most visitors come for the scenic view, but many don’t know the reasons that make the park so special.

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Art at East Jesus

Przewalski’s Horse 

(Equus ferus przewalskii)
by Jay Sharp

Przewalski’s horse — pronounced “sheh-val-skee’s,” according to the Smithsonian National Zoo — is the last of the world’s truly wild horses, a designation it earned by always resisting any attempt at training. As a matter of note, the famous mustang that ranged in great free-running herds across the plains of Texas was not a truly wild horse. It descended from domesticated Andalusian horses imported by the Spanish, and it would submit to training.   Read more…


Fun for Kids!

If you’re looking for a fun thing to do with your kids, check out our “Break-at-Home” geode kits. This hands on rockhounding experience is a great way for kids to learn about geology, how geodes are formed and to experience the excitement of discovery when they break one open.  Learn more about “Break-at-Home” geodes.

Mojave Road Guide

An adventure through time. Explore the route used by pioneers on their way to California. The Mojave Road lets your SUV act as a time machine, guiding you on a trail that stretches for 138 miles through country virtually unchanged since prehistoric times.  Learn more about the Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier.

Southwest Taffy Cactus Chews are manufactured by Cerreta Candy Company, located in Arizona.  The delicious taffy flavors are inspired by prickly pear, jumping cholla and saguaro cacti.  The Prickly Pear Taffy is pink, the Saguaro Blossom Taffy is yellow and the Jumpin’ Cholla Taffy is light green. Shop for Taffy