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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos October 14th 2018

From family we started on our way down I-40 west towards home, that is, we headed westward, with a side trip north to Taos. We needed to go to Santa Fe and Taos for supplies: more fresh roasted green chili, fresh ristrias, fresh ground chili powder, and fresh food from our favorite restaurants. We stopped at our favorite Santa Fe restaurant, Maria’s, for tamales, enchiladas and soul food. We had fun introducing Zaya to Sopapillas with honey, something she didn’t know about. Zaya, after trying one, then set her mind to finding the best sopapilla in New Mexico. However, she also decided that she wanted to live inside Maria’s, but unfortunately for her, we did not allow her to stay behind. From Santa Fe. we drove onto Taos where we had an RV site for that ... read more
Eggs and Chili Christmas style
Sopapillas
Chili Spiced Chocolate Elixir

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos August 1st 2018

Home, Questa, New Mexico Yes, we made it home yesterday. We broke the 350-mile trip from my sister’s place to our place into two driving days this year. Mostly we did that because trying to park, level, and begin unpacking the trailer after driving a long day is just too exhausting. When that tired, you make a lot of mistakes and even simple things become very frustrating. So Monday we drove just 250 miles down, using Colorado highways, down to Lathrop State Park, just west of Walsenberg. Then we drove the last 100 miles home yesterday morning, arriving around 11:30. That gave us the rest of the day to get the trailer situated in its spot, and begin unpacking the trailer, especially the refrigerator and freezer. The trip the last two days was really unremarkable. Lathrop ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos June 1st 2017

I collected some numbers about our trip - there is nothing like a number to give you confidence that you know what you are talking about. 84 - Total number of Days on the Road, exactly 12 weeks. 9211 - That's the total number of miles driven from the time we left our driveway to the time we got back to it. I estimated 7000 before we started, but it turned out a lot more than that. I guess we did more driving around towns and to and from campsites. Hard to know exactly how much of that was pulling the trailer, but I'm estimating we put about 5000 miles on the trailer tires! 11.0 - that's my overall mpg on the Land Cruiser. Not exactly a big number. There were times, towing up a mountain ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos May 31st 2017

Qhouse, Questa, New Mexico Made it home, safe and sound! Drove the last 200 miles home from eastern New Mexico. Took US64 all the way to Eagles Nest and then up and around the Enchanted Circle to home. Stopped for a hamburger and a margarita at the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, always a good bet. Saw a bit more rain at lunch and on the way, but nothing like the night before. Although I haven't checked out all the systems in detail yet, QHouse appears to have made it through Spring just fine. Batteries were fully charged when we got home, and the water system is working. No signs of any vandalism or any other damage from three months of neglect. There is a fresh crop of weeds in the front yard, but otherwise, everything ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos June 26th 2016

The beginning of the road trip across four states. The first day saw us meeting up with our travelling companions, loading up the truck with bags, water and other essentials for the next week of travel, and leaving Kansas. to travel to New Mexico via the Oklahoma panhandle. We drove through Cimarron on the way to Taos, stopping off at St James Hotel, an historic establishment that was frequented by many infamous characters during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Guests included Jessie James, Buffalo Bill Cody & Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, Bat Masterson, Davy Crockett Doc Halliday. Names I am sure we are all familiar with. Wyatt Earp stayed here for three nights on the way on his fateful journey from Dodge City to Tombstone in 1880. Later came Zane Grey, an author ... read more
Hall of fame
Saloon doors St James .
Chandalier.

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos March 11th 2016

THE BASICS From Patagonia, our next stop was for two nights in Tombstone, which is a great place for fans of westerns. During the day, we drove to Douglas, AZ, and had coffee at the lovely Gadsden Hotel. And to Bisbee, which we liked years ago but is getting quite touristy now. We had a beer and burger at a restaurant in Tombstone, entertained by a "western" band. Two nights in Willcox included a visit to Chiricahua National Monument, then we finally left Arizona and spent a night in Deming, NM. From there we headed north through NM, stopping overnight at a hot springs spa in Truth or Consequences and enjoying three different soakings. Our next two nights were on a reservation just south of Albuquerque, within sight of a casino which we didn't visit, but ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos September 12th 2015

During my stay in New Mexico I have developed an unexpected appreciation of the natural beauty of the Southwest. High mountains that change colors depending on the time of day, the season, and the weather has given me greater awareness of the beauty of the natural landscapes and I can not help but to be in awe of my surroundings here. Different colors of deep red hues, translucent whites, and evergreen color the mile-high Sandia mountain, Sangre de Cristo Mountains ranges and somehow fuses my destination drive into the beginning of my adventure into the city of Taos. Taos – The City of Art and Pottery: Driving to Taos on the curved, winding road from Santa Fe can be a bit tricky. But it’s not so much that the roads are dangerous, but rather that the ... read more
Welcome Center Taos

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos September 10th 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 ... read more
Santuario De Chimayo Chapel
Rio Grande River Gorge Bridge
Rio Grande River Gorge Bridge

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos August 19th 2015

One of the great things about New Mexico are the routes and trails that are named and designated by their character – the Salt Missions Trail, the Turquoise Trail, the Trail of the Ancients. Today it was the High Road to Taos. This route angles a bit northwest of Santa Fe and then swings in a gentle curve to the northeast and eventually into Taos. I did the route from Taos to Santa Fe a few years ago with a friend and found it visually stunning and capped off with a most unusual visit to American Lourdes – Chimayo. This time we made the route from Santa Fe to Taos and in that direction the visual is a bit less dramatic. Still beautiful and a slow routing that will help you let go of troubles. A ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos August 19th 2015

We start the day with a quick cruise through downtown Taos. Starting early, when there is little traffic it takes about 3 minutes. Later when the rest of the tourists are awake, this could take 20 minutes. It’s a little alarming what the traffic through Taos is like. Our destination is the Enchanted Circle. This loop circles the great mountains around Taos and takes you through Angel Fire and Red River at the northernmost tip. High country that is dark and cloudy and cool. For a Tucsonan, this is like heaven. We, however, travel at our own pace. When we see a sign for DH Lawrence’s cabin, we take that right turn onto the dirt road. Several miles in we find the ranch and frankly it’s kind of giving it the high hat treatment to call ... read more




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