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Published: September 20th 2015
Thursday we were lazy. I didn't cook breakfast. We had spotted what I thought was just a neighborhood diner but was actually a pretty nice low key coffee house. I loved it - David nope too fru fru for him. Food was okay but coffee was amazing.
We headed downtown to the check out some more churches I wanted to see. So pretty. Missed two I wanted to see but next time.
Cristo Rey Catholic Church - this is a relatively new church and we didn't go inside but saw the outside and the pueblo building style for churches.
Santuario de Guadelupe - Stunning. We went inside very quietly and had a peek around. The toured the grounds. http://www.ologsf.com/
Headed up the high road to Taos.
Took a diversion to Santuario De Chimayo. This history here is that the dirt from beneath the chapel is healing. There is a room off the chapel with a hole in the floor where you can collect dirt or hang up pictures of healed, or light candles. Our rafting guide Joe said that at Easter huge pilgrimages of people are on the roads out there - it's
in the middle of nowhere. No pictures of the chapel are allowed and I wouldn't want to take them here. It is a very active sanctuary. I don't know about healing dirt but the Holy Spirit is strong here. I had to sit down several times and just take it in. Didn't take any dirt but sat in there and said a very long prayer. http://holychimayo.us/
Back on the high road we took in the awesome views and little villages along the way. Decided lunch might be good - already after 2. Had our picnic at a pull out.
Got to just south of Taos and took the Taos Canyon Road to Angel Fire. To the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park. Short version - I could could go on and on. The doctor that built this park son was killed in Vietnam - he then changed all his plans for a retirement - a large ski resort. He built the park instead and not only that but much more. You should go read about it. We honestly didn't get many pictures I was crying quite a bit - it's very moving. http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/vietnamveteransmemorialstatepark.html
Taos - nothing in town I really wanted to see. Found the delicious burgers and beer. They do local beef & a "whole cow" approach. Meaning not just select cuts but maybe some lesser - this gives the burger great flavor & just enough fat to be juicy. Had a local red bear and great onion rings too! http://5starburgers.com/new-mexico/
Then out to the gorge bridge I did want to see. It is so super scary - especially when an 18 wheeler went over they whole bridge shook. Very nice at sundown. http://www.stateparks.com/rio_grande_gorge_state_park_in_new_mexico.html#_=_
Back to Taos they had a small casino to check out .... so we did ... not a good one at all. Only casino we visited that was not generous with new player free play. Actually gave us none???. And a bit rude about it. Didn't stay long it was a small locals that wasn't very welcoming to outsiders.
Down the road back to Espanola - according to Joe huge drug trafficking town in the 90s but clean now? It was sketchy. Stopped at Santa Claran casino
to play a bit - casino great but the locals hanging out - A holes. http://www.santaclaran.com/
Very late night back to camp.
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