Many days in Taos...

Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
Trip End Mar 31, 2010

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Rachel and I woke up at my friend Nick's house. It was a beautiful sunny day with a light dusting of snow. Rachel and I drove to Bandelier National Monument. At the park, we hiked through a valley where 500-700 Pueblo people lived around 450 years ago. Although most of the original structure are long gone, many cave dwellings and partial walls still remain. We climbed up ladders to enter the caves. The walls of the caves contain original carvings and paintings. After our exploration, we took a scenic-drive route to Taos. Taos is a city with many Pueblo descendants as residents. It sits around 10,000 feet above sea level. We are planning on staying two nights at a hostel. Tomorrow, we will explore!

Today, Rachel and I toured the "Earthships". An Earthship is a house that is "off the grid". It catches and stores it's own energy using wind, the sun, and streams/rivers if available. It collects and stores its own water from the ran and snow melt. There is a series of water filtration systems using solar powered pumps, and indoor and outdoor gardens. The walls, which are made from recycled and local materials, collects and stores heat from the sun to maintain a comfortable room temperature. You can find more information and pictures by following the "Earthships" link posted under "Links". After the tour, Rachel and I took a dip at a local hot springs. There, we met a nice guy named Edwin. We all soaked for a couple hours and got a beer at a local brewery afterwards.

Rachel and I visited the local Pueblos community in Taos. The Pueblos people have dedicated themselves to preserving their culture, traditions, and heritage. During our visit, the locals were performing a ceremonial dance that they have not performed for 10 years. We were told the focus of the dance was "friendship".
I am currently sitting in a coffee shop writing, reading, planning, and relaxing. As of now, Rachel and I plan on staying two nights with our new friend Edwin who we met at the hot springs. On Wednesday, we are going to obtain free ski tickets and lodging at a local ski resort. We only have to pay for rentals ($15 for each)! On thursday, we will make our way to Phoenix to visit Jenn :)

Today, Rachel and I skied the slopes at the Sipapu ski resort in Taos. It was a blast. The mountain makes Cannonsburg look like an anthill! There was hardly anybody there, which meant no lines at the chairlifts. I am afraid that I might have caught the "skiing bug"!
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