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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos November 12th 2013

Reflections on our recent visit to Taos, New Mexico From Santa Fe we travelled, on the advice from Roy in Albuequerque, on the ‘High Road’ to Taos (ie 84/285 to 503 to 76 to 518. This is a magnificently scenic route through more mountain vistas and endless meadows of the Nambe and through the area known as the Badlands. The landscape of the Badlands looks as though it was shaped by fierce winds and rains, coloured pink and orange and mauve, and was a source of constant inspiration to Georgia O’Keefe. There are small farms and apple orchards as well as dramatic pink limestone outcroppings. The entire road is a gradual and continual ascent and Rudy V took it at his usual slow and steady pace. Taos is a small city of some 6000 persons. It ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos October 4th 2013

Geronimo! Geronimo Day at the Pueblo last Monday took place in hot hot sunshine. This is the main Festival of the Pueblo in memory of that great warrior. I missed the early Mass at the beautiful Spanish Mission, and the running races, but made it about midday (sun very very hot). The Pueblo was heaving with locals, visitors, stalls selling food (didn't eat the fry bread but the blueberry pie---- what can I say, it kept me going), jewellery, Native American stuff. Lots of milling around of brightly adorned crowds, but strictly no photography permitted. Next the sacred clowns appeared at the top of the old buildings, painted with convict/type stripes and straw hair, leaping down and causing havoc amongst the stallkeepers and crowds. The stall holders had covered their stuff but left out presents of ... read more
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Salida Fall
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos September 27th 2013

The Abominable Snowmansion Second week in and I decided to remain at the hostel here for another week It's not en-suite but the craic more than compensates! The hostel is an abode type building in Arroyo Secco . Roughly translating as dry valley, it is located at the foothills of the Sangro de Cristo Mountains, bordering lands of the Native Americans of the 'Place of the Red Willows.' and yes there is much local reference to the red colours which the mountains turn facing the setting sun, moving through palate from pinks to deep purples all in the space of 10 minutes. Stunning! The hostel is inhabited by a unique mix of humanity. At the moment I am sitting opposite the 'bee man' who arrived earlier this week as part of the woofers programme on gardening ... read more
The Taos mountain
Behind the Abominable Snowmansion
Sunset

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos September 22nd 2013

Arriving It started with a kiss, or rather with a jet-lagged sweat. Around 8pm last Tues eve I was crawling on all fours through a narrow opening into the shallow round tent-like structure of the sweat lodge to take my place to one side of the doorway (a wise move as it turned out). Well I am in New Mexico and isn't this all part of the experience. 15 minutes later, I wasn't so sure. The sweat had begun in earnest. Our small group were in pitch black and the Native American leading the sweat was ladling cold water on to the white hot stones in the round pit just at my feet. It was blisteringly hot and steamy. I was attempting to catch breath by inhaling through a handful of sage bush .One woman had ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos April 6th 2013

We didn't find treasure at Black Rock Springs, but we did have one lucky break. After hiking back out from Black Rock Springs, we decided to head to the campgrounds at Rio Grande Gorge State Park to meet our friends. We had a 45 minute drive left ahead of us, but the day was still early. We took the New Mexico Highway 522 south to Highway 64. Highway 64 led us west over the Rio Grande River on a bridge with stunning views. We decided to pull over to check it out. We pulled into a small lot and trotted to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. We passed by some tables with locals and natives selling a few goods. I spotted carved grizzly bears and some necklaces. I passed by a table with rocks and geodes. ... read more
Andrew and Me
Fancy Meeting You Here!
The Rio Grande River

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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos March 29th 2013

We love Taos, would love to live part time in Taos. Our house, the house that we wanted, sold and closed last Friday so we couldn’t visit it. But we could still eat meals, lots of meals in Taos. Comfort food to console ourselves. We left Santa Fe late morning and got to Taos by 11a.m. just in time to eat a very late and very light breakfast at La Taoseno. This restaurant was recommended to us a couple of years ago and we have been going for breakfast since. The green chili stew is gluten free and so great! Kids and Dale ate Sopiapillas filled with butter and honey. After a quick stop for water we went for a tour of the Kit Carson house. We haven’t been there in years so that was a ... read more
Rio Grande

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos October 29th 2012

We have been out and about seing the local sights. The chapels, churches and cathedrals here in Taos vary in size, but most are quite small. They are beautiful inside and quite ornate. I particulary enjoy the wood carving on the doors. Today we visited a church in Rio de Taos and watched a 20 minute film on the making of adobe bricks and adobe stucco. Very interesting. We also visited the site of the Taos Pueblos where people have been inhabiting the site for over 1000 years. A young Native American girl took us on a guided tour making sure that we knew the facts as told by here people and not what the US Government has told us or our history school books portrayed. It was very interesting and educational. Our weather continues to ... read more
Church at the Taos Pueblo
Rio de Taos
Our Native American Guide

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos October 28th 2012

Greetings from the real New Mexico. It doesn't feel so touristy here. We are having great weather although the nights and early mornings are quite cold. It is 23 this morning as I write this. We have been having a lot of fun with our friends Ann and Bob. They know Taos well and are such good hosts. The home we are staying in is amazing. Ann's boss has lent this to us for the week. The views are spectacular and it sleeps 12. It is down a long dirt road and very private. They are having the 30th Taos Balloon Rally here in town. We have been greeted each morning with the sight of balloons in the air right out our windows. What a treat. We visited the Ojo Caliente hot springs on the first ... read more
Grounds at the spa
Ann & Bob and Patti and Paul
The entrance to the spa

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos August 9th 2012

Dear Family and Friends, it has been three days since my last travel blog post. That sounds like a bit of a confession; which it is. Let me wrap up our last day in Santa Fe before I share thoughts and reflections on our short stop in Taos, New Mexico. Our last day in Santa Fe was terrific - sightseeing, shopping and a fantastic dinner at The Shed. We spent the vast majority of the morning at a shopping complex called Jackalope where multiple artists and shops are all found - everything from furniture, home decor, plants, pottery, jewlery and so on. We met a really nice couple from Oaxaca, Mexico who were in town for a few days giving ceramic demonstrations and selling their beautiful pottery and sculptures. We carefully selected a vase with calla ... read more
Jimmy & Me in Santa Fe
Ceramic Chiles!
The Gorge Bridge in Taos, NM

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos January 20th 2012

Like I posted earlier we were going to fly to Taos, NM in order to save Dale’s Frequent Flier Miles from expiring. Good logic according to us. We flew into Albuquerque and drove to Taos last night arriving in time to eat dinner. We checked into our hotel, The Historic Taos Inn, right at the plaza. I’d reserved early and got us a room with a kiva (pueblo type fireplace) and we were happily surprised to find wood and fire starter waiting for us. The old hotel is made up of adobe buildings from the 1800’s and I think, but am not sure, that there is a newer wing too. We wanted the old part. We went to Doc Martins for dinner, the restaurant attached to the hotel. When the waitress came over I asked about ... read more




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