The Great Chile War

Hatch, NM logo. chile.
This says it all! (Logo for Hatch, NM)

New Mexico and Colorado usually get along just fine. In fact, the two states share ownership of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which runs between Chama, New Mexico, and Antonito, Colorado, and which many of the attendees of the Alamosa conference enjoyed riding.

However, a rivalry has developed over who has the best chile (or chili).

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Laines Thrown out of New Mexico State Park!

By Don Laine

Tired of northern New Mexico’s cold and windy spring weather, on March 11 Barb and I, and our wonder-dog Zoe, headed south in Thor, our 24-foot motor home. Since our plan was to spend at least three or four weeks in New Mexico’s southern (and warmer) state parks, our first stop was at state park headquarters in Santa Fe to buy an annual camping pass. With pass in hand, we headed down to Brantley Lake State Park, just north of Carlsbad. 

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Autumn Splendor

Text & photos by Maryann Gaug ©2020

Dallas Divide, Colorado, fall color
Autumn Splendor at Dallas Divide © Maryann Gaug

After a summer of hanging close to home, Rover, my camper van, begged me to take it camping somewhere, anywhere. Perhaps my restless spirit grew more restless as the aspen on the hills near my house started to change. With kids back in school, the campgrounds wouldn’t be quite as full and insane as during the Covid-19 summer. Time to look for gold in them thar’ hills!

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The Round Barns of Indiana

Text & photos by John T. Hanou

“Generally speaking, our farms are utterly devoid of anything like artistic features. There being no indication of original thought or beauty, much less actual practical utility.”
Benton Steele: Father of “the ideal circular barn”

Menno S. Yoder's 1908 Brown Swiss Dairy Twelve-Sided Barn, Shipshewana, IN. John T. Hanou
Menno S. Yoder’s 1908 Brown Swiss Dairy Twelve-Sided Barn, Shipshewana, Indiana. © John T. Hanou, 2018

New Year’s Day, 1985, was a typical winter day in Indiana—cold, wet, and overcast—but the roads were clear. Days like this are wonderful because of the solitude, and in my opinion, these days are the best times to take photographs. On this particular day, a photo excursion took me to Jackson County in southern Indiana. Heading over a small rise on a country road a beautiful white round barn came into view. I stopped, photographed it, and proceeded down the road.

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Rescues, Communications, and Connectivity

By Virginia Parker Staat

White Mountain, Wyoming, sunset
White Mountain Sunset © Virginia Staat

In our last newsletter, I extended a gentle challenge to each of you, asking for photos or articles to let us know what you’ve been up to during the pandemic lockdown. The ink was barely dry on that article when David and I loaded the camper on the truck and took a six-week road trip. We had planned to return to Alaska this summer, but with the Canadian border closed, we chose Idaho and its cooler climes instead. Over those wonderful six weeks, we drove over 8,100 miles, dodged fires and cities, and found hundreds of wild horses to photograph. 

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November – December 2020

Judy Lehmkuhl’s rescue dog Lucky wants you to read this issue of the newsletter.

This issue of Rocky Mountain Outdoors is chockful of great stuff. First there’s the 2020 contest results, then you can read some fun and interesting stories about what you and your fellow RMOWPers have been up to this year. Click here to read or download the pdf.

2020 Writing & Video Contest Results

Best of Show: Richard Holmes

“Am I Really Retired?” © Richard Holmes
1st Place Unpublished Written Works
“Though this is a very brief essay, it stands out for the authenticity of the writer’s voice as he reveals himself to the reader. Showing your vulnerabilities is frightening, causing many writers to avoid it, thus losing an opportunity for strong connection to the reader. When a writer opens up authentically, as this writer does, it is a strong tool to engage readers.” ~ Judge Mary Taylor Young

Click here to read Richard’s winning article.

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2020 Photography Contest Results

Best of Show: Frank Zurey

Bison mom helps calf swim the Yellowstone River

“Mom Helping Calf Swim the Yellowstone River”
© Frank Zurey
1st Place Published Images.
“The image of the swimming American Bison pair conveys the essential nature of wildlife. The younger animal is being carefully escorted through the water by an older animal, probably its mother. This depiction of maternal care brings home the interior feelings of the animals through a wonderfully captured photograph of the scene.” ~ Judge Fred Lord

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Hello RMOWP Family!

White Sands National Park; sunset
Sunset from White Sands National Park © 2009 William Horton

I hope that you are all healthy and as happy as possible in these strange times. 

It has now been more than half a year since the Coronavirus Pandemic first hit the news and upended our lives, and despite some of the misinformation being distributed on social media, we don’t know how or when this will end.

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A Gentle Challenge

Text & photo by Virginia Parker Staat

One of our fountains is losing water. At first we thought we had a crack in the concrete. Curiously, however, some days the water level stayed the same. Other days, the level dropped two to three inches overnight. It was time for some detective work. We set up the game camera and quickly discovered the problem. Our rather large, resident raccoon had quadruplets this spring. The kits are old enough to forage with their mother now. They find the fountain irresistible. 

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