Day 17

Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
Trip End Apr 17, 2009

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Day 17

This was a fantastic day. I just have to start off by saying New Mexico is beautiful! When we first got to the state we were enamored with it's beauty, but the deeper we go into it the more amazed we are with it. When we started the Route 66 part of our trip we picked up a really good guide book on roadtrips. Actually, I highly recommend it, we have found it to be excellent with accurate details and their opinions seems right on. "Let's Go Roadtripping USA: The Complete Coast to Coast Guide to America" Anyways, the book had a loop of stuff in it to check out around Santa Fe and we were planning on doing that stuff today and then heading on down to Albuquerque, but after we talked to these two ladies last night at dinner they recommended a trip to Taos. We had never heard of it, but they said the drive was really good. And they also recommended two routes, go up the High Road and come back the Low Road. So, when we got home we started checking it out and found it to be a pretty popular trip for beautiful views. So, we decided to extend NM by a day. There was a couple quick things along the way that were a pretty cool start. We popped into a bronzing foundry. It was pretty interesting to see how stuff goes from concept to finished work. They were working on a number of statues. There was this massive one of a soldier. It looks awesome, at least so far. There was also a gallery and big field of finished works on display, so we grabbed a few snaps there as well. Next we popped into the Chimayo Shrine. It's an old church that's believed to have power in the dirt. Healing power that is. I gotta admit I did not grab any dirt for myself, but I saw countless people loading up ziploc bags of the stuff. A few pictures and some snacks later and we were on our way to Toas. This was such an awesome drive. It was a little cloudy which was a bit of a bummer, but it didn't really matter, we saw the most amazing scenes. We stopped so many times to take it all in. When we got to Toas we hoped to hit a pueblo there, but sadly it was closed until the end of the month. So, we checked out the town and got ready for the drive back which we heard was equally good on the low road. It was. Again we stopped many times for pictures and just to gawk a bit. We decided to make our way down to Los Alamos for tonight. There's a lot of cool stuff we're anxious to check out here in the morning. That's all for tonight.

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