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Oct 10, 2010 - Up to the Pueblo

The day for Taos. I apologize if this entry is late, or if the photos are missing. When we got back to the campsite today we found that there was no internet access, and since it’s Sunday there was no one who could do anything about it! It was 38 degrees when we woke up this morning! We took our time getting things together, and then left for Taos and Taos Pueblo. It is around 70 miles from Santa Fe. We drove through some beautiful scenery, saw the Rio Grande Gorge, and found some interesting road signs. I started getting nervous when I...

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Sep 17, 2010 - Friday, Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge, Earthspace & Taos Plaza

Today we drove the short distance to Taos Pueblo. More than 150 people live year-round at the pueblo, as their ancestors did, with no electricity or running water. Water is supplied by a nearby stream. It is one of the oldest communities in the U.S., having been occupied continuously for around 1,000 years. The sights include the 1850 San Geronimo Chapel, the ruins of the earlier 1619 San Geronimo Church, the community cemetery, central plaza with its drying racks and outdoor adobe ovens called hornos. Adobe homes are clustered around the...

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Sep 16, 2010 - Thursday, The Enchanted Loop (Angel Fire, Vietnam Memorial, Eagle Nest, Red River & Taos Ski Resort)

Today we drove the Enchanted Loop, an 84 mile loop which leaves the desert behind and goes north to the forested Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the ruggedly beautiful Carson National Forest. It circles the highest point in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak (13,161 feet). The first town we came to was the resort town of Angel Fire. There were lovely homes around a golf course complete with a club house, shopping and medical facilities and a small lake. About 5 miles north of Angel Fire is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park. It is the first...

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Sep 15, 2010 - Wednesday, Taos, NM (95 Miles)

Today we drove to Taos which only took a couple of hours. After arriving we went downtown and looked around at the Plaza. Taos is in the desert and the smell of sage is in the air. The architecture is the “adobe” look. Lots of sandstone structures, one-story, flat roof houses and stores. No signs are very high – even the golden arches at MacDonald’s aren’t more than about 10 feet high. We found a good pizza restaurant tonight – Pizanos. It had excellent pizza, nice patio dining, and with a backdrop of mountains.

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Aug 11, 2010 - Day 59

Today we drove from Colorado Springs through Fort Garland, CO to Taos, NM. Climbed a 9,413 peak - North LaVeta Pass and the coach did great. There was also a lot of climbing to get to Taos. It’s sunny and hot, but they tell us the evenings get nice and cool. We’re staying here one more day to do some sightseeing and then heading south and west towards home.

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Aug 9, 2010 - Taos NM & Road to Sturgis SD

August 4 – 6, 2010 What a trip! What a life we’ve been blessed with, warts and all. - Taos NM – On our last day in Albuquerque NM we bid farewell to our friends from Barona – Josephine Whaley, Deacon Clark, and Ed Nolan. I got that lonesome feeling again as we hugged and wished each other safe journey. They left and we got into our car, picked up the trailer parked at the lot we used for $1, for 12 hours, and headed to Taos NM. In the past, we’ve used our car GPS to get to places but CVW received some download directions from the Taos RV...

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Aug 4, 2010 - Taos: Been There, Done That

We arrived in Taos at 1:30PM last Sunday following a leisurely four hour drive. The traffic was heavy through the center of town as you would expect on a summer weekend but it gave us a chance to gain our bearings as we made our way to Taos Valley RV Park on the south side. It is an adequate park but there is no Steve around to keep it well manicured like Pleasant Valley. Not having had lunch we went to a nearby Mexican restaurant, Guadalajara Grill, for lunch/dinner aka “linner” after hooking up and making our rig livable. I was craving...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Taos Museums

Over the course of the week we spent in Taos we visited five museums – they have a deal where if you buy the 5-museum package, it’s only $25 per person. Since each museum is generally $8, if you go to more than 3, you save money. So, of course, we had to go to all of them! We first went to the Millicent Rogers Museum, probably the most well-known. Millicent Rogers was a Standard Oil heiress, and an art patron and collector, jewelry designer and society beauty who settled in Taos in 1947. She was a fashion icon who left the big city and...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Taos, NM and The Enchanted Circle

It was only about 130 miles from Capulin to Taos, New Mexico Monday, and what beautiful countryside we drove through to get to Taos. The first part was mostly flat ranchlands, but we saw antelope grazing in the fields as we passed by, so that was fun to see. Part of our route today was on highway 64, which is along the old Sante Fe Trail. We saw several signs that shared information about the trail: the trail opened in 1821, the year Mexico gained its independence from Spain. A decade later, the trail had two main routes: the Mountain Fork,...

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Jul 11, 2010 - Taking the High Road

My intent was to combine two topics for this entry – the “High Road to Taos” and the museums we visited in town. I put off writing it because it just seemed so BIG. But although, honestly, I didn’t think our time in Taos warranted more than three entries, as I began writing I realized I just couldn’t subject my patient readers to an entry as long as it was clearly going to be. And, since I don’t have a lot to write about our next two stays, in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, I’ll make up for it by dragging out the Taos report a bit more. We took...

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Jul 10, 2010 - Dwellings and dancers

Our second outing in Taos was a visit to a place we’ve seen from the road several times but never had a chance to visit in depth: the Earthship community (aka Earthship Biotecture) a few miles outside Taos. The community itself consists of a number of homes built of recycled materials, completely sustainable and off-the-grid. This is also the headquarters of the designers and builders, including a demonstration home and a visitors’ center. We started by watching a video which explains the concept of the homes and shows some of the projects...

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Jul 8, 2010 - A second date

When we started this summer, we thought we had an agenda but, as so often happens, the travel gods laughed and our agenda went out the window. So we made a new one. Sort of. We have mixed some old familiar places with some new ones and have been surprised in both. Taos NM falls squarely in that category. We have spent many years in and around northern New Mexico and have always loved lots of it. Taos was never, however, one of the places we loved. I guess because mostly when we came to Taos it was from Santa Fe and after a long-ish ramble...

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