Published: June 20th 2010June 19th 2010
We woke up this morning in Taos, New Mexico to a chilly breeze coming through the windows and even though I slept like a baby (Advil does that to me), I still didn't feel good. My headache was pretty much gone but my head was stuffy and I was just feeling tired. Tim and I decided we were going back to bed and we would just get up whenever we felt like it. Well, whenever we felt like it was about 11:00 !! It felt so good to get some extra rest after being on the go for almost an entire week. I made us a bowl of cereal while Tim made him some coffee using bottled water because all the water we had was not potable and then we were ready to face the day. We showered and cleaned up a little around the house (LOL) and we were soon on the road in search of Kit Carson's Homeplace and Museum. Magellan took us right to it so now we just needed to find somewhere to park. Parking in these small little towns always proves to be such a challenge for Tim and Big Bertha. He drove us around and
around until we finally found an empty field so we parked there and walked about 1/2 mile into town. Once we arrived at Kit Carson's we bought our tickets and then watched the History Channel special about Mr. Carson's life. Oh my goodness how Tim gets into all this cowboy and indian stuff......it's actually kinda cute but geesh....I was ready for it to be over. Anyway the documentary was very informative and educational and now I know even more about the wild wild west than I did yesterday. I'm thinking by the time this trip is over I will be a cowboy and indian and wild west scholar ! We took the grand tour of the house and museum, stopped by the gift shop and then made our way further into the quaint little town of Taos. It was very nice and clean like Santa Fe but on a much smaller scale. One thing we have noticed out here is that everybody and I mean everybody has a dog and all the stores and shops are very dog friendly. Heck even The Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe was dog friendly. They were so dog friendly they had a container full
of doggie treats and a water bowl at the check-in counter. Tim and I walked through some of the shops and art galleries for a little while, well he pretty much stood outside the doors again, until we came upon The Alley Cantina and decided to stop for some lunch. Oh my goodness, I let Tim talk me into getting an "authentic margarita" with my nachos and boy was it a strong one......wheeeewww.......my Momma would have LOVED it !! I somehow managed to get it all down along with some of the nachos and it's a good thing I had food with that drink or else Tim would have been carrying me out of there. We finished up lunch and then spent a little more time checking out all the antique shops and art galleries in town and then made the long walk back to the motorhome. We had such a wonderful day in Taos, it was sunny but breezy and just so peaceful and enjoyable. Our next stop is something that we read about in the 1000 things to do book and it was just north of town so we decided to check it out. A short drive just
out of town and we arrived at the ancient Taos Pueblo which is a multistoried adobe complex that has been continuously occupied for over a millenium. About 150 of the tribe's 1,900 members still live there at Taos Pueblo with no running water or electricity just like their ancestors did. We were able to stroll about the property while shopping for jewelry, pottery and fry bread. Even though they lived in these conditions, it seemed like they were so happy. The little kids were riding around on bicycles and playing ball in the dirt......reminded me of the good ole days. After our trip to the see the Pueblos, it was time to get back on the road so we hopped on US 285 and began our journey towards Colorado. The long scenic drive was beautiful and we saw many pronghorns running in the fields as well as lots of cows and horses and we even saw the tiniest baby colt I have ever seen. We soon came upon the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Tim insisted on stopping and making me face me fears and walk across it. I must say it was scary, especially when cars came by and
made it vibrate, but it was an awesome site to see and I'm glad I did it. God's creations are truly amazing and this was definitely an incredible experience especially for someone who is terrified of bridges. Somewhere around 6:45 pm we crossed over the Colorado state line and Tim started looking for the nearest Wal-Mart. We still had enough water to sustain us one more day so we decided to take the chance and not stay at a motorhome park. At approximately 8:30 pm we decided to call it an early night so we pulled into the local Wally World in Alamosa, Colorado and set up camp. We ate dinner in the motorhome and then on a whim decided to go for a bike ride around the complex. We ended up riding for about an hour and eventually my bottom just couldn't take it anymore. But before we hung the bikes up for the night we stopped back by the retention pond behind the building and said goodnight to our baby beaver friend we discovered while on our ride. All in all today was a very relaxing and peaceful day and I'm looking forward to heading over to the
Great Sand Dunes tomorrow.
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