New Mexico

Dust Bowl Road Trip Volcanos, Wind & Folsom, Not the Prison. HeidiTown (15)

We set out on this road trip inspired by the book, “The Worst Hard Times.” I discuss the reasons why we took this trip in this post. While we experienced a flat tire and needed a license to drink in one Texas restaurant, and saw some real-life pains that the pandemic has wreaked in one small town, this wasn’t an experience I’d trade for anything. This is the last of

Dust Bowl Road Trip Clayton, New Mexico, All Quiet on the Western Front HeidiTown

Our waitress flew around the room like Superwoman. She took orders, bused tables, made drinks and delivered food. She would stop near the door to assure potential diners that she’d seat them in due time, but that it was a busy night. It was a busy night at Hotel Eklund’s restaurant, the only eatery open on this particular Saturday evening in Clayton, New Mexico. The town looks to have been

Dust Bowl Road Trip The Museum Issue HeidiTown (5)

Sometimes, people hear or read the word “museum” and stop listening or reading, but preserving the stories of the past is important. Even if we didn’t have a direct relative who lived through this dire part of history, it is part of the American story; the human story. There are three museums that we wanted to visit on our Dust Bowl road trip. These museums were not just telling a

The Worst Hard Time Dust Bowl by Eagan

“Um, oh” has been the lackluster response of most people when we tell them we are going on a Dust Bowl Road Trip. The only person who has been extremely positive about it was the curator of Centennial Village Museum in Greeley. Leave it to a historian to get excited about a trip motivated by history. Part of the reason people have been so humdrum about this road trip is

Traveling with a Dog The Importance of Dog Parks. HeidiTown.com (8)

We recently spent seven days and six nights on the road. We spent three of those nights in Phoenix visiting my parents. I’ve done a lot of road trips but just recently, all of them have included our new German Shepherd. Her name is Fritzi, she’s seven-months-old and most days I love her.  Traveling with a dog changes things, but it’s not a drastic change. We realized that as long

Epic Christmas Road Trip Takin’ it Easy from Colorado to Arizona, HeidiTown.com 14

When you think of Route 66, it likely conjures up images of convertible Cadillacs with their tops down, sunshine and summer tunes on the car radio. Our road trip looked a little different as we made the trip in a Toyota Tacoma, during the winter, with Audible.  We were heading to my parents’ house for Christmas, and a new truck plus the fact that flying during the holidays is the

14 Anniversary Trips. Arches National Park, Moab, Utah. HeidiTown.com

Five years before I started HeidiTown, Ryan and I got married in in Golden, Colorado in May 2002. After honeymooning in England, we made a pact to spend each anniversary in a different state. That lasted a number of years until HeidiTown was in full swing and we were traveling nearly exclusively in Colorado. Now that HeidiTown has annexed six new states, I’m excited to start exploring the states surrounding

Me & Jack at Estes Park Winter Festival 2012 HeidiTown

The HeidiTown Chronicle HeidiTown.com “Covering festivals & destinations across the west” Volume 1   Festivals | Road Trips | The West   March 10, 2017   HeidiTown Annexation Includes Six States By Staff The Chronicle Mayor of HeidiTown, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, has just announced a major annexation that will happen throughout 2017 and into the future. HeidiTown is annexing parts of Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. “This

Featured Festival ArtoCade 2015 Trinidad Colorado. Einstein artcar. HeidiTown.com

When I began writing about Colorado festivals on HeidiTown in 2010, I was inspired by small town festivals and unique events. ArtoCade, in Trinidad, fits both categories and that’s why I’m excited to be attending this year. With a population of less than 10,000, Trinidad is definitely a small town. It’s also a bit remote, located approximately three hours south of Denver and three and a half hours north of Albuquerque,

Ray Martinez, conductor of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. HeidiTown, photo by Alanna Brake

Part One: The train Do you like trains? Do you like history? Do you like beautiful scenery? Do you like the movies? If you answered yes to any of these you’ll enjoy the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you love this scenic railroad. The Cumbres & Toltec really is the most authentic scenic railroad you’ll find in the United