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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos October 3rd 2020

I turned on New Mexico Hwy 567 and drove to Carson, NM. I think that town was named for Kit Carson. They have an active post office. I had to stop and check out this old antique car body. I don't know, but I think it is a model A Ford. With no stop signs it was quick to get on to BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land; and a very fun but careful drive down the dirt road into the Rio Grande Gorge. After about a mile of switchbacks, you get to the to the relatively new bridge over the Rio Grande River. In this area everything was open free for day use including launching rafts and kayaks for downriver adventures. There are some pay camping areas that are low costs, and fairly private. (Note: ... read more
New Mexico Hwy 567, to Carson
Carson, New Mexico
Carson, New Mexico

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos October 2nd 2020

I was going to make my camp at the pay campground at Canjilon Lakes. I was sad that the large aspen trees were gone so I drove on to find a new camp. I drove East on FS 110 through a nice forest. The road conditions got poor so I had to drive my old truck slower. I drove over a mountain pass called Mogote Ridge; then it was an easy downhill drive. Not far down from the ridge I found a nice large legal dispersed camp where I parked under a large Colorado Blue Spruce in a Ponderosa Pine forest for the night. This camp was large enough for a group camp, and I had it all to myself. It cooled off very nicely, and I slept well. The next morning I had a nice ... read more
Carson N Forest road 110
Carson N Forest road 110
Carson N Forest road 110

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 15th 2020

blog 07-15-20 Earthship Today was the day I headed out of town to investigate the Visitor Center. Michael Reynolds, with a degree in architecture, built his first house out of can bricks in Taos in 1972. After years trying other building materials and off-grid systems, he went on to build the first Earthship in 1988. The homes are built with recycled tires that are filled with dirt and sand and stacked like a brick wall. Bottles are added to add light and color and then a coating of adobe over top. Simplistic explanation. The water is attained by catching rain water on the roof and running it into cisterns buried in the berm. It is filtered and used in sinks and showers then runs to the watering system for the indoor plants. The plants filter the ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 14th 2020

blog 07-13-20 and 07-14-20 Sightseeing Monday I was feeling a little punk, so I took it easy in the morning then in the afternoon I took Watson for a ride in the car. Oh wow, big outing.. We went north of Taos and hooked up with rt 150 that led us into the mountains ending at the Taos Valley Ski Resort. We drove parallel to the mountains on a flat plane then the road took a shark right and to my amazement, there was a little valley. It twisted and turned following a large creek up and up, mountains on both sides. It was a both hands on the wheel kind of road so no pictures, oh maybe one. The creek was swift and sparkling and pull-offs provided fly fishermen the opportunity to try their luck. ... read more
start of little valley
closer to the mouth
ski lodges

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 12th 2020

blog 07-12-20 Taos Tour and Rain It was another cool night and just delightful to sleep without the air conditioner. The temperature fluctuates 40 degrees between night and day, thank goodness or it would be intolerable. Watson and I took a nice walk this morning before it got too hot. We walked around the campground which was pretty quiet after the weekend. I straightened up inside the camper and cleaned up the kitchen, just boring stuff. At 1:45 I met the trolley that picked me up at the campground and off we went to the Plaza to pick up 3 other customers. The trolley held 36 but only 4 of us were on board plus the driver and tour guide, Dave. Business is way down because of the virus. Dave told us about the history of ... read more
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the two blue spruce trees represent Peter and Paul
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 11th 2020

log 07-09-20 Melting in Taos Our spot along the Arkansas River was wonderful but I was looking forward to the excitement of Taos and cooler temperatures. The ride was beautiful with mountains and high valleys and quaint towns. The last settlement in CO was Conejus and boasted the oldest church in Colorado. Well I just had to turn around and investigate this claim. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was built in 1929 and beautifully maintained. See pictures. The inside was very spiritual to me and I enjoyed my visit. It was my Mother's birthday so it just seemed extra special. Back on the road again we left the flat open land and saw more mountains, actually hills to start. There were trees and shrubs indicating more rain than other areas. Then the settlements began. There ... read more
view of the mountains along the way
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 18th 2019

Today we were dealing with a sick dog. Beamer got into something outside last night, while Steve was walking him, and it did not agree with him at all. He has been sick all day. Hopefully he will be better tomorrow. So, we are here in Santa Fe for three days and intend to take in as much of the countryside as we have time to see. We left the hotel this morning at 8:40 AM and 81 degrees (which started out at 59 degrees at 7 AM and rose to 100 before the day was over) and headed north toward Taos. Before long we were in the Tesuque Reservation and as soon as we crossed over, we saw our first Casino. There were many along this part of our journey today. One of the first ... read more
North of Santa Fe
North of Santa Fe
North of Santa Fe

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos March 28th 2019

We got an early start from the Wahweep Campground, it would be a long haul to Taos, if we got that far at all. The route we were taking would be all two lanes across the top of Arizona, with a brief detour up into Utah to take that famous drive through Monument Valley. I had done that before on my Porsche trip a few years ago, but I was surprised to learn that Cathy had never seen it. We made good time on open roads, and there was plenty to see. It's funny to think that geographic features that would be celebrated and famous were they situated back east are completely overlooked here, to travel here is to be visually spoiled. In due time we entered into that famous valley of red rock mesas. Maybe ... read more
Fred In Monument Valley
Blue Lapis Ring

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
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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




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