Anne & Tom's Southwest Adventure travel blog

Lunch along the Rio Grande

The Rio Grande

Snow in the mountains

Church of SanFrancisco de Asis

The Famous Church painted by Georgia O'Keefe and photographed by Ansel Adams

Another view

Inside the church

Camped at Taos

Firebush

A Taos sunset

Entering Taos Pueblo

A landmark

Imposing structures

The church at the Pueblo

The tour

The church was burned by US in about 1849. Those who had...

Adobe ovens. We bought bread and a cherry pie baked in such...

A Kiva - a ceremonial sacred space.

Drying racks

One of the many shops

Inside a shop

The parking was free

Bridge over Rio Grande

The gorge is 600 feet deep

Looking down

The rapids in the river below

The gorge is the result of a fault. The river filled the...

The high road back to Sante Fe

A vast land

San Jose De Gracia

San Jose De Gracia Church

Santuario de Chimayo

The church with the holy dirt

Anne scoops up some holy dirt

Arches along a stream


On Saturday, we decided we were too close to Taos to not go there, so we drove up on the "low road" along the Rio Grande River (yes, that Rio Grande that flows to Texas) after a stop at Lenscrafters in Santa Fe to get Anne's glasses repaired and adjusted - it is better not to know how she bent them and popped one lens out). After a quick visit to the Plaza in Taos, we found the church of San Francisco de Asis, a very old church and then went to our campground where the manager was both very helpful and very talkative (a lot of New Mexicans seem to be very talkative).

There was a little snow on the ground when we awoke on Sunday. We went on to visit Taos Pueblo, which was wonderful and bought some bread baked in an outdoor beehive oven called a "horno." We then drove out to view the Rio Grande Gorge, which was caused by an ancient earthquake. The bridge is 600' above the river. The return to Santa Fe was accomplished via the "high road", on which we got lost several times, but ended up at the Sanctuary of Chimayo, where a glowing cross was found in the ground ages ago by a farmer, and the dirt from the hole is considered miraculous and healing. Of course, we gathered some of this holy dirt.

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