I love the southwest.  For one thing, it’s dry and cool here.  What a difference from Florida and Texas! Oh, and the food is Amazing.

View on the high road to Taos
View along the high road to Taos

On the drive up to Taos we saw the temperature drop to 61 degrees.  Haven’t seen that in a while!  The high road winds through pine forests and between mountains.

It’s pretty much a single road through town.  Our hotel is within walking distance of the central plaza where most of the shops and restaurants are.  It’s fun to stroll around and visit the many art galleries and shops selling local crafts.

Taos Pueblo
One of the most interesting attractions is the Taos Pueblo. It’s considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the US.

An Indian guide gave us an excellent tour of Taos Pueblo. It was fascinating to learn about her community from her perspective. I can’t help feeling bad when reminded how much native people lost when we took over their lands. Her tribe has lived there over 1000 years. They don’t have a written language so their culture is passed on orally. The artisans in the community do beautiful work.

Newer church
The ‘new’ church combines Catholicism with the native religion

Ovens
Ovens used to bake bread

Original church
The original church was built in 1619 and destroyed in 1848 during the US war with Mexico

Artisan shop at Taos Pueblo
People still live in the adobe homes without any modern conveniences

Red willow river is the life blood of Taos Pueblo
Red Willow creek is the life blood of the community.

Original church at Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo is surrounded by mountains

Another amazing site near Taos is the bridge over the Rio Grande gorge. You’re just driving along until you come to a huge gash in the ground. Walking over the bridge is dizzying!

It's a long way down
It’s a long way down

Rio Grande gorge bridge
Rio Grande gorge bridge

Overlooking the Rio Grande

Hollyhock
Hollyhocks blooming in town

We drove out to Arroyo Seco to explore and have lunch. It’s a small artist community about 7 miles from Taos. We found some excellent pottery there and some of the best burritos in recent memory at a place called Abe’s. The chicken burritos with both green and red chile sauce (Christmas!) were awesome.

Dinner at the Taos Ale House was also a winner. The green chile burger was delicious as well as the local brews. They had both duck fat and truffle fries on the menu. A double whammy!

Today we visited the Millicent Rogers museum which houses an eclectic collection of southwestern history. The exhibits covered southwestern jewelry, ceramics, weaving and art. It’s too bad we missed the Fred Harvey exhibit that’s scheduled to open in a few weeks since Skip’s grandmother was a Harvey girl. We still have a Navajo blanket that she got when working in a Harvey House.

Tomorrow we head to Strawberry, AZ, home of cogdog (AKA, my brother Alan)!

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