(On our way to Taos, we spent a couple of nights in Pagosa Springs—we were ready for a bit of civilization after the remoteness of Goblin Valley and Cedar Mesa. A good long soak in the hot springs and a wonderful dinner out at The Alley Grille hit the spot.)
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Back to Taos. We’ve been several times and always love it. The combination of cobalt skies, adobe architecture, art, creative food, and the Native American-Spanish-Anglo triad of cultures make for a fascinating and beautiful tapestry.
We visited the lovely San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church just outside of Taos—it’s the iconic church that was much painted by Georgia O’Keefe and photographed by Ansel Adams. We explored the downtown plaza area, browsed galleries, bookstores, and shops, and enjoyed lunch at The Dragonfly.
An Evening With Local Friends
We also spent a delightful evening with our friends Kim and Rick, and in several hours of relaxing at their beautiful home, barely scratched the surface of catching up with them since our visit last fall. So we continued on the next evening, meeting up at the venerable Taos Inn for open mic night (some very good local musicians, including a banjo player and an unassuming young guy who sounded remarkably like Cat Stevens—followed by an absolutely atrocious trio who couldn’t play or sing, but were soliciting tips for food). We then moved on to the Treehouse Café for drinks and a late-night meal; I think those were the best shrimp tacos I’ve ever had.
It was so much fun to experience more of the town with Kim and Rick, and to get a bit of the “insider” view of Taos. They’re in transition, making plans to move to Portland and looking to buy an RV, but we all agreed that we want to meet up again soon, whether it be in Taos, Ashland, Portland, or somewhere on the road.
Where we stayed: Taos RV Park
As my mama used to say when she came for dinner “you people eat well”. It’s a comment that always makes me smile when I remember it and it certainly applies to you two. Will be nice to share a meal with you again when the time comes.
Went down to Mount Shasta City to visit the Sisson Museum to visit an exhibit celebrating Joaquin Miller, “the Poet of the Sierras.” Quite the character (contemporary of Bret Harte and Twain – early native American advocate and environmentalist.) Lovely drive through the Anderson Valley, that little town is like Ashland decades ago, the weather was gorgeous, the mountain imposing, the fall light illuminating.
It all sounds delicious! (And we look forward to sharing a meal with you and Bry, too. It’s always a good time!) xo
Wow! Absolutely gorgeous Appaloosa! Makes me miss my horses. Looks like another wonderful time on your adventure. I guess you are at Mom and Dad’s now. Talk to you soon!
Every time we see horses I think of you. Yep, got to Mom and Dad’s yesterday and all is well. We’ll be seeing you soon!!! Love you.
Hello! my partner Will and I and our doggie Rosie have been traveling since September 5 in our 2006 Born Free Motorcoach.We headed east from Eugene, OR and took a northerly route seeing many beautiful things, visiting small museums and friends along the way. We are on our last leg having turned west after the Smoky mountains. Im enjoying your posts immensely and keep checking to see if our route can benefit from yours. p.s. Modern Love Vegan restaurant in Omaha NE was fabulous as was a surprise find in Huntingdon TN, Living Well Vegetarian Restaurant. Blessings on your travels and thank you for this lovely blog! Chava