Santa Fe Reporter - Summer Guide <![CDATA[Summer Guide 2013 - 93 Days of Summer; 93 Ways to Enjoy Them]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger and Mia Rose Carbone
 Here at SFR, we love summer... ]]>
<![CDATA[Lovin’ Summer - 2012 Summer Guide]]>
Recently—although it now seems impossibly remote—I was lounging on the back of a boat in the Pacific. A friend from New Mexico, now a boat captain in Hawaii, leaned over and said in a low, rapt voice, “I think they’re going to let us do a blue-water swim.” I’ve spent many years of my life in coastal places, but I’m sure I looked back at her with utter confusion. “The water is so clear—there’s no pollution, no algae, nothing—that it’s perfectly blue,” she explained. “You can open your eyes underwater, and it doesn’t hurt at all.” Sure enough, the captain, a friend of hers, stopped the boat. We were out in the middle of the ocean, bobbing in a way that made our high-powered craft seem tiny. My friend and I dove in before he could finish explaining (to the paying customers) what a blue-water swim was. I just wanted to see that ocean: pure, perfect blue, just as my friend had described it. I dove—eyes open—as deep as I could into the seemingly endless abyss of color. It was silent and magical.]]>
<![CDATA[A Stolen Swim - Hi, Desert]]>
By: Dani Katz
It’s hot. Not like regular ol’ summer hot; we’re talking desert-mountain in July kind of hot, sweltering in the shade and wishing on an Ice Age kind of hot. You need water—big, enveloping water, not your usual mid-afternoon cold tub soak (which is really more confusing than relaxing because it’s shallow and porcelain and indoors, and there’s soap scum around the rim and your scrubby sponge is all janky and matted with hair).]]>
<![CDATA[Rivers Make Glad - An ode to the sometimes neglected, always underestimated, Rio Grande]]>
By: Laura Paskus
Staring at a killdeer skittering across a sandbar, I wonder why we don’t see anyone else up or down the Rio Grande here in Albuquerque. “Most people,” says my friend, a biologist (and an irrigator, too), “seem to think you come to the river to take water or to fish—or to drown.” We think about that for a minute, then shove our way back through the salt cedar and Russian olive that separate the river from the system of trails through the bosque.]]>
<![CDATA[Plan B - What an update to the state water plan means for New Mexico]]>
By: Sigmund Silber
Nine years ago, New Mexico’s Interstate Stream Commission released the latest version of the State Water Plan, a document designed to guide state and local agencies by providing a master plan for water use and conservation in New Mexico. But much has changed since 2003, and now, the ISC—the sister agency to the Office of the State Engineer—plans to release a long-awaited update to the plan.]]>
<![CDATA[Climb On - Everything Hollywood taught you about rock climbing is wrong]]>
By: R Harrison Dilday
As anyone who has spent a week outside Santa Fe knows, trends have a hard time finding traction in this city. That’s good for plagues like chain restaurants and big-box stores, bad for 24-hour gyms and specialty dessert fads. Unfortunately, rock climbing has mostly been beaten back by this aversion to development.]]>
<![CDATA[A Bevy of Beverages - Summer in the desert making you thirsty? Here’s where—and what—to drink.]]>
By: Tess Cutler
Yeah, it’s hot this summer, and you probably want to recline and sip on something cold in between museum hopping, gallery strolling and whatever else is on your summer itinerary. Take our five suggestions for quenching your thirst this season, ranging from legally laced margaritas to ginger-lime pick-me-ups.]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Your Jets - Yes, as we’ve stated several times in this issue, it’s hot. But if you follow our guide to staying cool in Santa Fe, you’ll survive.]]>
By: Tescia Schell
SFR staff's favorite activities for staying cool when it is HOT!]]>
<![CDATA[WHEEEEEEEE! WE, WE, WHEEEEEEEE! - Your summer is about to get a lot more exciting]]>
By: R Harrison Dilday
This past winter, my uncle sent me a text message asking if any ziplines are located near Santa Fe. He and his family want to ride one when they visit this summer. My first thought: I didn’t know he was visiting this summer. But I quickly shook that off and dutifully set about trying to locate the nearest wire-cable attraction.]]>
<![CDATA[DEEPER - Bending further into yoga with Body’s new Vinyasa School]]>
By: Ali Carr Troxell
“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha.” If you had asked me what these words meant nine weeks ago, I wouldn’t have had an answer for you. But now, sitting cross-legged on the stone patio in front of my house, facing the Sangre de Cristo mountains, I’m trying to repeat this tongue-twisting Sanskrit chant 108 times per day for 40 consecutive days. I’m on day two of my fourth attempt.]]>
<![CDATA[50 Ways to Love Your Summer - Do these 50 things, and we guarantee you’ll have the best summer Santa Fe has to offer]]> SFR
Even we summer-lovers have had that moment of heat-induced ennui, in which we run out of things to do and contemplate just sitting inside, watching the full 16-hour Lord of the Rings trilogy (with extra footage) on Blu-Ray. But wait! Your friends at SFR have come up with a painstakingly curated, totally awesome list of the 50 must-do activities in Santa Fe this summer. A six-pack of beer to the first person who can prove to us that you’ve done them all (ie provide photographic evidence)—not to mention, of course, the glorious feeling of a summer well spent. Ready…go!]]>
<![CDATA[Hash Tag - Sweat 2011]]> Alexa Schirtzinger
It’s best if this story begins with an explanation. “Hashing,” the verb that describes the favored pursuit of the World Hash House Harriers, generally involves a three-mile run, lots of cheap beer, copious raunchy jokes and, ultimately, camaraderie—though not necessarily in that order.]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Guide 2011 - ]]>
For this year’s Summer Guide, SFR profiles a handful of those people—the ones we think best epitomize both summer and its attendant pleasures.]]>
<![CDATA[City Cowboy - A Brooklyn transplant trades the office for the outdoors]]>
By: Rani Molla
Jeff Kennedy is a bit of a novelty. He’s the manager of The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch, Resort & Spa stables, and he’s in charge of wrangling horses and guiding guests through the more than 400 acres of Bishop’s Lodge trails adjacent the Santa Fe National Forest. Oh, and his name tag also reads Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised.]]>
<![CDATA[ReFlexology - Forget Bruce Wayne—Felix Cordova is the real Batman]]>
By: Tracy Dingmann
ReFlex "shows up in costume when it’s not dress-up night, as Batman…or whoever he feels like." It’s like he’s a comic vigilante and fun is his justice.]]>
<![CDATA[Desk with a View - Corralling the chorus at the Santa Fe Opera comes with a prime perch]]>
By: Ramon A Lovato
From Susanne Sheston’s “office” at the Santa Fe Opera, one can see the pastel foothills around Tesuque and bask in the afternoon sunlight. As we talk, members of the opera’s Young Voices program interrupt us with iterations of “do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, do,” and spontaneously burst into song.]]>
<![CDATA[King Conkle - A park ranger explains why you wish you had his job]]>
By: Tim Kraemer
Hyde Memorial State Park manager Stefan Conkle didn’t find the vocation of forest ranger so much as it found him—or, more accurately, rescued him.]]>
<![CDATA[Degrees of Summer - We go full circle with Circumference 360]]>
By: Rani Molla
The 180s that rap has made over its relatively short history—from lo-fi to big time and then from “thoughtful” rap to a present in which complaining about rap’s stereotyped platitudes is verboten—have not fazed Circumference 360, aka Mark J Ortiz.]]>
<![CDATA[Skewed Perspectives - A residency in Santa Fe provides the space to distill the world's angst]]>
By: Ramon A Lovato
New York-based Santa Fe Art Institute artist-in-residence Judith Hoffman has always made art, although not always in the way she does now. She started off as a geek—specifically, a numbers geek.]]>
<![CDATA[Some Like it Hot - Wildland firefighters don't expect much downtime in a hot, dry summer]]>
By: Gwyneth Doland
When fire tears through wilderness and the borders between populated areas and vast forests and mountains, specially trained wildland firefighters are the ones who answer the call.]]>