Mother Nature's resources...

Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2011

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Big B - Taos parking lot

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Our longest drive yet! The weather quickly changed from winter to summer, no in between days. When they talk about heat in New Mexico, it's not just the chili peppers...

I've heard good things about Taos. People say they can feel the spiritualness as they enter Taos. (We did not.) I heard that it's a hippy/artsy community so I wanted to go. Not having much else to go on, I didn't know what to really expect. The only places I had on my must see list were Taos Pueblo (which opened back up the day before...they have a 4-6 wk hiatus) and Earthships.

As you pull into town, the first thing ya notice is the pueblo style architecture, that distinct southwestern look. The town was full of boutiques and galleries. People gathered in the courtyards and alleys, playing instruments, listening to the tunes and people watching. Things are at a more mellow pace.

We stopped at Taos Pueblo but were a bit bummed to see that along with an entrance fee, they were charging to use your cameras. The setting was like an old village which is still inhabited. From what I could see, it was more of a tourist trap. The land was beautiful but most of the village was full of shops selling crafts. I decided I didn't want to see any more pueblos.

From there we drove out to the Rio Grand bridge. We took some pictures of the bridge but didn't walk the entire length of it since it was super windy. Rusty was a bit terrified when he glanced over the edge and was insistent on walking towards the safe median...which happened to be the road! Why anyone chooses to jump off bridges still baffles me.

Further down the street, the Earthships are a collective of people living in a community that try their best to live by the code of the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). They have a tour you can take and courses but we only checked out the entrance of the main building and did a drive by of the area. May revisit the idea when we are ready to settle down in one spot?

In a more selfish way, we too wanted to make good use of Mother Nature's resources so we drove to Ojos Caliente to soak in their 7 hot springs (6 outdoors). (Definitely one of the things I miss most about living in Japan.) The night air was cold so we were practically running from one soak to the other. It was so relaxing and invigorated us for our next adventure... 
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