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TAOS, NEW MEXICO

Historic Town

sunny 92 °F

Buenos Dias;

Taos, as I mentioned is about 60 miles north of Santa Fe. Traveling along the Rio Grande River through the canyons and mountains made for a scenic journey. A little city, Taos has a pop. of about 6K. Like Sante Fe the architecture is all adobe. Again, the town square or piazza is the center of activity. An artsy community, it draws tourists to its art galleries and restaurants from miles around. Kit Carson, Indian scout, trapper, and Civil War General of fame came from Taos. We toured his home (a museum and National Historic Site) and learned that his skills as a guide took him to California and territories throughout the southwest. He fought Indians, trapped bear, sold the animal pelts, led military troops, among other things. Interestingly, in my naivety, I remember the name, Kit Carson, as a comic book character and cowboy from the 1950's TV movies. He actually was quite a man!

Taos is probably most noted for its Taos Pueblo native American people (Navajos). Just north of the city tourists are allowed to visit the 1,000 year old pueblo village. The native people live in the stucco-covered brick buildings, adhering to the customs of their ancestors. A mission church sits on the grounds. Baking is done in dome- shaped earthen ovens, and living is very simple for we toured a home of a native family. Very interesting, although propane appliances provide heat and light in the living quarters, definitely a modern compromise. Naturally, the natives sell their jewelry, etc. to the tourist visitors.

The trip back to Sante Fe was in time for 'Happy Hour'. We spotted a very nice Italian restaurant (my digestive system can take only so much chili spiced food) across the street from the Federal courthouse green. A nice ending to the day.

Incidentally, our KOA campground is a picture out of the old west. The campsites are separated by windblown scrub trees, have gravel rock roadways, and there is rough fencing deliniating the property line from distant neighbors. All the amenities are here with 50 amp. power, water, and sewer drop and a cute little outpost store all makes for comfortable camping. Especially, the 50 amp. electricity to run both a/c units in the MH, comfort-essential in this NM heat. It is located in a canyon with mountains all around. So scenic.

Posted by dixter 08:26 Archived in USA Tagged taos

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