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  • Inside the fall

    A writer celebrates finding happiness and finding herself, as she romps with her children in the beautiful season of autumn

  • Odes to an urban mountain range

    Two recent guidebooks – Mike Coltrin’s Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide and The Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains by Robert Julyan and Mary Stuever – are excellent guides to the trails and histories of the mountains outside Albuquerque

  • A long walk into hope

    Bill McKibben’s new book, Wandering Home, is a hopeful account of a leisurely hike across northeastern America, as relevant to the West as it is to the East

  • The end of something really big

    The chance to see a huge dead whale draws "carcass tourists" to the California coast

  • The day they close the pass

    As mountain towns get more accessible and lively, even in midwinter, the author relishes the way his tiny, remote town slows to a stop once the mountain pass highway is closed for the season

  • Wild in the city

    "Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas," edited by Michael Houck and M.J. Cody, gathers maps, site guides, and essays celebrating the city's wildlife and preserved landscapes.

  • A sand-brown world

    "Getting Over the Color Green: Contemporary Environmental Literature of the Southwest," an anthology edited by Scott Slovic, is a fine and inclusive work that features familiar and unfamiliar writers.

  • The importance of being nowhere

    The writer muses about his good fortune in falling in love with an Arizona landscape that nobody else seems to have noticed.

  • A winter drive into oblivion

    During a long drive through a Western blizzard, times seems to come to a stop as you wonder whether you will ever make it home – in safety –a gain.

  • High tea in the wilderness and a toast to the light

    Forty women meet in a Montana wilderness to celebrate the solstice with high tea and drink a toast to returning light.

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