We brushed by Taos on Saturday, and returned for a town and area tour yesterday. Lots of pictures in here this time Taos isn't quite what we expected, but maybe better. The yellow leaves in the pictures are aspen fall colours, something we've always wanted to see in real life.
When we left the Storrie Lake state park Sunday morning we took a scenic route back to the north to get to Taos.
|The sign indicates the type of roads ahead. More than these 4 miles.|
|The upper yellow back is Aspen trees|
|The yellow line is our route, and high elevation!|
|Lots of Aspen interspersed with the evergreens|
|Here's a nice rancho for you Al (ha ha)|
|Outbuilding for the rancho above|
|Notice the snow fence near the road. Not always this nice weather here.|
|A nice little aspen|
|See, they do have winter|
|Cathie's hot tamale brunch|
|The view from our brunch seats - nice little pedestrian mall|
|Do you think Cathie is pleased to be here?|
|A large yarn bowl for knitting|
|Even the Walmart looks different than most. RV parking is allowed.|
Even though our campground has no showers, it does have heated washrooms with flush toilets, way better than last night's state park. Here's our tenting spot. Each shelter has a metal roof and sunshade side, and a concrete floor. $7/night for unserviced sites like ours. Showers are $1 though.
The atmosphere of this place reminded us of Big Bend in Texas, and Sunny Flat campground in Arizona. They all have big rocks, and there is a hushed atmosphere from all the fellow campers.
Here's a map of yesterday's travels. Today's will continue after the map. I know this is already long but we have no wifi at or near our overnite site.
And then Monday's trips.....
Monday was another touring day, lots more pictures. We did a short circle route, just over 50 miles in total, and it took us about 5 hours.
On the way north to Taos, we couldn't resist some more aspen pictures in the morning light:
|Trees growing right in the storm drainage channels|
First stop in Taos was to get our 11 lb propane bottle filled. It lasted for 3 years running our van stove plus some heat once in a while, not bad.
Then a stop at historic San Francisco de Asis Church:
|Old adobe church|
|Genuine adobe, you can see the straws in the mix|
Then we headed to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. There is a huge canyon around here, with the quite tiny Rio Grande at the bottom:
|This large plain borders on the town of Taos.|
|A span of about 1280 ft across|
|The Rio Grande, some 600 ft down|
After the bridge, we visited the Taos location of Earth Ship homes. If you haven't read or seen much about these, they are all unique, made from salvaged materials, and as close to energy self-sufficient as possible:
|Lots of empty bottles used, encapsulated in Adobe|
|This one is relatively huge, 2 stories high|
|Lots more bottles|
After several miles of downhill, we came out to a regular paved road that went to Pilar, where we are camped. This part of the road wasn't nearly as exciting but did have some nice river views:
Here's a map of Monday's tour: