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Jun 2, 2010 - Roamin' Around Taos

From Monte Bello RV Park – El Prado, NM – 6 Miles West of Taos Bronc rider, saloon keeper, gambler, stage-coach driver and a legend in Northern New Mexico lived in a home on Bent Street which today is the centerpiece of a beautiful garden shopping area housing some of Taos’ finest shopping and dining. Long John Dunn (1857 – 1953) named for his six-foot-four frame also was known for his spicy vocabulary, broken-nosed twang and wide ranging humor that left a lasting impression on everyone he met. After escaping prison in Texas for...

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Jun 1, 2010 - Bye Bye, Taos

Last day in Taos. We made our way down town this morning and visited two more outstanding museums. The first was the the Taos Art Museum & Fechin House. Nicolai Fechin was an established painter when he moved, with his family, from Russia to the US in 1923. After a short stay in New York the family moved to Taos in 1927, where Fechin, also an accomplished woodcarver, set about creating a home. The house is so beautiful, warm and stylish that you would love to move right in. The Ernest L. Blumenschein Home and Museum is significant in that...

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May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day

Today was a fun day. We drove down the high road to Santa Fe. Lots of small villages, picturesque churches and several cemeteries some even having Memorial Day services. While is Santa Fe we visited Susan's friend Terry and her husband, Charlie, and then made our final stop at Trader Joe's for some groceries, but mostly to stock up on 2 Buck Chuck. Our return trip to Taos was on the low road which is also called the river road since part of the trip is along the Rio Grande River and part of the gorge We didn't get back until after five and...

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May 31, 2010 - What Is Your Idea Of A Dream Home?

From Monte Bello RV Park – El Prado, NM – 6 Miles West of Taos What kind of home do you dream of? A modest southwest adobe style with say 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, AC/Heat and 2 car garage or maybe you want that bigger southwest house with over 3,000 sq. ft. and sits on a hill with a view of the mountains one direction and a lower valley area the other direction. But hey maybe something just a little more earth friendly is where you would like to go…..like a Geodome or an Earthship style home. The one we toured today was the Earthship. Just...

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May 30, 2010 - Sunday - A Day of Rest

Susan fixed a great breakfast and then I did a little maintenance work around the RV, like empty the tanks and climb up on the roof and lubricate the TV antenna. The only thing missing at this RV park is cable TV so we're using our basic rabbit ears and we can receive all of two stations, one of which is the PBS channel. It's almost 5 PM and I've spent the entire afternoon working on our journal. It's very time consuming after we lost the days in Abiquiu with no reception and we got behind. So all I have to do to catch up, now, is to upload...

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May 30, 2010 - Arts & Craft Fair

From Monte Bello RV Park – El Prado, NM – 6 Miles West of Taos Slept in this AM then went to breakfast back at the Stray Cats restaurant we ate lunch at earlier this week. Rudy got an omelet so he was set for the day. We then stopped in at Wal-Mart, which is not a supercenter here in Taos, for a few toiletry things that cost too much at a regular grocery store where we got food items the other day. We had the 16th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair in Kit Carson Park on our agenda for today so found some parking in the area and walked to the park...

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May 29, 2010 - Taos Pueblo

From Monte Bello RV Park – El Prado, NM – 6 Miles West of Taos Today we visited the oldest continuously inhabited community in the USA; Taos Pueblo. Natives of this tribe today welcome visitors to the “Place of the Red Willows” as they have for hundreds of years. It has always been a crossroads for trade and this continues today with the activity of many shops, galleries and other vendors located in the village. Taos is the northernmost of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos. They speak Tiwa as their language which is unwritten, unrecorded and will...

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May 29, 2010 - Taos Farmer's Market, etc.

We started off with a great breakfast (Huevos Rancheros) at Michael's, the locals favorite, sort of like T Ray's in Fernandina Beach. Then we walked a couple of corner's to the Saturday Farmer's market which is about the same size as ours and quite nice. In addition to the regular stuff they also had some ducks for sale, a 'hand counselor' (palmist) and a really neat thing - some tables and chairs under a canopy by the food vendors. After the market we drove out to Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the...

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May 28, 2010 - Friday's Adventures

Today our travels are to the D H Lawrence Monument, Taos Ski area, the village of Arroyo Seco and the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here's Susan........... The Monument is located on the ranch that Mabel Dodge Luhan gave to Frieda and DH, and Frieda gave it to the University of New Mexico in the 1950's when she died. It is a beautiful ride up the mountain on a well kept dirt road, and at the top are some very old buildings, including the "ranch" as well as other buildings hidden in the trees that are used for conferences and classes. Actually,...

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May 28, 2010 - Martinez & Carson

From Monte Bello RV Park – El Prado, NM – Just 6 miles West of Taos We began our search for history, facts, stories, folklore and uniqueness in the Taos area and this northeastern section of New Mexico today. In our few trips into Taos since our arrival Tuesday, we have noted the quaintness of the historical downtown area with its older adobe structures. Also the fact that 80% of all roads off the main thoroughfare are dirt has caught our attention. Also, you can not be in a hurry to reach a destination at the far west side of Taos as there...

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May 27, 2010 - The Enchanted Circle

Our first full day in Taos we drove around a portion of the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the center of the loop being Wheeler Peak, the highest point in new Mexico at 13,161 feet. Our first stop was Angel Fire, a four season resort with skiing and golfing. There's an airport there and we find out that many of the property owners are Texans since, on a good day, the drive is only ten hours from Denton just north of Dallas/Ft. Worth. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park is just a short distance past Angel Fire. This is the first...

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May 26, 2010 - On To Taos

We had a great time in Abiquiu but it was time to say good bye to our friend Debra and our wonderful campground hosts at the lake. Debra is on the Abiquiu artist's studio tour in October and it wouldn't surprise me if Susan flew out for the event. If not, I know she will be there for Debra's first workshop in the new studio. Taos is only 65 miles away and the trip was through (22 miles) the town of Espanola - this is where Abiquiu-ans do their monthly (or less) shopping. From Santa Fe there is the scenic high road through the mountains and...

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