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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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Jun 6, 2010 - Fechin & Blumenschein Homes & Museums

From Monte Bello RV Park – El Prado, NM – 6 Miles West of Taos Today we set out to see the last two home and museum combinations that we had on our “to do” list while here in Taos and the adjoining communities. Seems like the more beautiful the area and/or the more it has to offer the quicker our length of stay flies by. Taos and this area certainly fall into both categories; beauty and things to do. However we now find ourselves less than 48 hours from moving to a new locale to begin experiencing what it has to offer. While reading some...

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Jun 4, 2010 - Enchanted Circle

From Monte Bello RV Park – El Prado, NM – 6 Miles West of Taos What better way to spend a warm breezy day with a beautiful bright blue sky overhead in the “Land of Enchantment” state than to drive and explore the scenic byway known as the “Enchanted Circle”. This 85-mile loop takes you through the mountains where several noted winter area ski resorts can be visited, valleys, mesas, a national forest and even over a steep mountain pass. The entire “Enchanted Circle” scenic drive is centered around the highest point in the state; Wheeler...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Taos Historical District Walking Tour

From Monte Bello RV Park – El Prado, NM – 6 Miles West of Taos Since arriving we have had a brochure outlining a self-guided walking tour of several landmarks located in the Historical District of Taos. We chose to visit some of these landmarks as a single attraction or just go to a couple in a day because of their historic significance and museums dedicated to the individual and/or structure; these were the Long John Dunn House and the Kit Carson House. There are two others that we still want to explore on their own and will do so before...

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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 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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