Taos, NM

Within our New Mexico stay, we dedicated four days to Taos.  On Tuesday, we pulled into our new campsite in Orilla Verde Recreation Area.  This RA is located 16 miles from the city of Taos.  Andrew and I agreed it is beautiful location and would love to come back to spend more time camping there.  However, next time we might try one of the primitive campsites.  Two out of three areas would fit our Airstream and they only cost between $5-7 without any hookups or water.

On Wednesday, Andrew and I drove the scenic route into Taos.  This route took us through Carson National Forest and near Picarus Pueblo.  Once in town, we parked near the plaza and chose to explore the home of Russian painter Nicolai Fechin.  The architecture of the home is simple, yet beautiful with lots of handcrafted wood cabinets, beams and furniture.  After leaving the Fechin House, we walked next door to Kit Carson Memorial Park.  The park has dedicated a small plot of land to a cemetery to honor Kit Carson and the mountain men of the Turnley Rebellion.  It was quite fascinating to see the name “William Hatfield” listed among the men.  (Wonder if he was any ancestral relation to Andrew’s family).  The rest of the afternoon was spent looking through various shops and galleries for pottery.   

Thursday was much more low-key.  After spending the morning cleaning the dust off Rosie, Andrew, Ame and I drove over to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge for a little sightseeing.  Then, we stopped by the Taos Pueblo, but chose to not go in.  Instead, we went back into town to check out another gallery.  While Andrew was hoping to find a micaious pot in black, he ended up helping me chose turquoise for a custom bracelet by Gabriel Abrums.  I can’t wait to see it…in July.

More pottery and gallery explore for Friday with a visit to Millicent Rogers House and the plaza.  Happy to report that Andrew finally found the pot he wanted.

Carson National Forest
Carson National Forest
Carson National Forest
Carson National Forest
Carson National Forest
Carson National Forest
Fechin House
Fechin House
Details, Fechin House
Details, Fechin House
Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande Gorge
Odd Stop Sign in Gorge
Odd Stop Sign in Gorge
Pilar Campsite, Orilla Verde
Pilar Campsite, Orilla Verde
Orilla Verde Recreation Area
Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Albuquerque, NM

With only a few days in Albuquerque, we had to be very selective about what we wanted to see and do.  I chose to visit the Balloon Museum and Andrew decided on the Petroglyphs National Monument.  Andrew also suggested we visit Old Town for a little shopping and Sadie’s for tasty food.

Balloon Museum, Peace Statue
Balloon Museum, Peace Statue
Balloon Museum, Peace Statue
Balloon Museum, Peace Statue
Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum
Petroglyphs National Monument
Petroglyphs National Monument
Petroglyphs National Monument
Petroglyphs National Monument
Petroglyphs National Monument
Petroglyphs National Monument
Petroglyphs National Monument
Petroglyphs National Monument

McKittrick Canyon

For our final visit to Guadalupe, we decided to hike the McKittrick Canyon trail.  This trail offered us the opportunity to wonder through the Chihuahuan Desert to Pratt’s Lodge, which was homesteaded in the 1920s.  About 1.25miles after the lodge, we explored the grotto and an old hunter’s cabin.  This scenic trail was a fantastic juxtaposition of tall mountains and pines and desert  and cactus.  My favorite parts were seeing the monarch butterfly and hummingbird.

McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
Pratt Lodge
Pratt Lodge
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon
McKittrick Canyon