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Johnna Russell

Johnna Russell

Johnna is a writer and editor with a deep love and respect for the beauty, magic, and mystery of the great state of New Mexico. Johnna grew up right on the border between New Mexico and West Texas. Her favorite childhood memories are of frequent visits to Carlsbad Caverns. She enjoys learning all she can about this breathtaking state and sharing information with other lovers of New Mexico.

Pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayo is a haven, a refuge, a healing sanctuary. It is one of the most visited holy sites in the United States. It’s also a prominent historic landmark in the state of New Mexico, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors and seekers of spiritual healing from all …
3 Reasons to Explore the Bisti Badlands

If you’ve already seen the Bisti Badlands, you probably don’t need any persuasion to see it again. It’s the kind of place that New Mexicans are naturally drawn to. In fact, this beautiful bit of wilderness is one of New Mexico’s most interesting and unique sites for discovering, exploring, and learning …
5 Things to do in Hatch

What do you think of when you think of Hatch, New Mexico? No, not that – the other thing. There’s a lot more to this lovely little village than you might think. Thousands of people will travel from around New Mexico and the US to enjoy the famous festival this …

Shrewd, charming, fiercely independent, beautiful wealthy, powerful, respected. These are the words used to describe Madame La Tules, a successful businesswoman in the 1800’s, ahead of her time. But not everyone respected her success or the business that created it. Rumors and gossip abounded among Americans, outside of her elite …
5 Things to do in Cloudcroft

Cloudcroft, New Mexico, is a popular place to visit for culture and entertainment. But it’s a lot more fun if you know where (and when) to go. This list explores some of the most interesting and exciting things to do in Cloudcroft. Use it to plan your visit and make …
Full Moon Nights at White Sands

A Full Moon Night at White Sands is the kind of experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. The magic and beauty of the white sand dunes in the last light of day and under the bright full moon inspire a powerful sense of communion with …
4 Stops on Your Trip to Window Rock

Road trippers throughout New Mexico are drawn to the border of Arizona to experience the majestic landscape of Window Rock. There are few more exhilarating sights, and you could spend the whole visit taking in the scenery and photographing the sky through the window. But there’s much more to Window …
Is the Los Lunas Mystery Stone a Hoax?

The Los Lunas Mystery Stone is a boulder inscribed with what appears to be an ancient text. It’s also called the Decalogue Stone and Commandment Stone because many people believe that it’s actually a version of the Ten Commandments, though others disagree. In fact, the scientists who study the rock …
5 Things To Do In Alamogordo

With so many tourist attractions, monuments, and historical sites, it’s no surprise that Alamogordo is one of New Mexico’s most popular places to travel. The city is in the top ten most populated in New Mexico and is also among the most visited. So, if you’re looking for adventure, here …
UFO Themed McDonald's in Roswell, New Mexico

Throughout the world, there’s very little variation in the brand identity of McDonald’s restaurants. Most of them look pretty much the same. But every now and then, a McDonald’s franchise thinks so far outside of the Happy Meal box that you end up with a cultural icon and tourist attraction. …