10yrs and Exploring NM

Nichole and I celebrated our 10th anniversary on the 29th of July. It has been a wonderful 10 years and we love each other more than we did 10 years ago. We have had our ups and downs, struggles and trials, and many more joy filled moments. We have a two wonderful kids that are growing up so fast and are loving the outdoors just as much as we do. We are truly blessed!

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It is also monsoon season in New Mexico which can make for some pretty wet afternoons and lately weekends. We had a camping trip planned for the Pecos Wilderness and with the inclement weather decided to try our hands heading south where the forecast was a little more favourable (this probably wasn’t going to happen in the mountains, but oh well). We ended up camping in the Lincoln National Forest and riding in the White Mountain Wilderness Area. The forest is located 12 miles north of Ruidoso, NM. It has been wet down there all year and everything was green and the flowers were out. We has 12 stream crossing each way on the trail and were able to get Yuma trained on water and the kids had an enjoyable trip, even though we did get soaked Friday night. Their highlight was roasting hot dogs over the fire for the first time.

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Derek, Nichole, Heidi, and JW

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