Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Taos, New Mexico

Hi all -- Dianne here.  We arrived in Taos mid-day on September 9 at Monte Bella RV Park, just outside town.  More great views from our windows, and another friendly, well-managed campground.  This park is an Escapees Park, which gave us a 15% discount.  The owner gave Roger many detailed, good ideas for activities and places we might enjoy while here.   

We were able to take the boys on a trail right at the campground, where we saw a family of scaled quail darting in and out among the scrub.  This is an area of intense sunshine and vast expanses.
We immediately took one of the campground owner's suggestions and enjoyed a fabulous New Mexico-style dinner at a local restaurant, Orlando's.   We don't often go out for dinner, but when we visit an area known for unique cuisine, we splurge.   Our meals were even more delicious than they look in these photos. 

Orlando's has both indoor and outside seating, which is on a patio surrounded by quaking aspen trees.  Roger's meal featured a sampler of three enchiladas:  beef, chicken, and cheese, topped with the local green (on the chicken) and red (on the beef) chili.

When we left Orlando's, we drove on into Taos, parked, and walked to the central plaza.  Each Thursday evening in the summer has featured live music performances on the plaza.  We were lucky enough to arrive in time to see the final Thursday evening concert.

 You can do some serious "people watching" in Taos.  Lots of diversity and free spirits here!!  My one-minute video is not very polished, but it might give you a small snippet of what we enjoyed:

This was all on our first half-day in town!

On day two, we took another of 
our friendly camp host's
suggestions and took the boys on the West Rim Trail
near the Rio Grande Gorge. Yes, this is the
same Rio Grande River that flows all the way to
our new home in Mission, Texas and beyond to the Gulf of Mexico.

Along the trail we found this circle. Don't know if it is Native
American, Wiccan, New Age, or just what its origins are.  

After our hike we took the boys back 
to the motor home for their nap, 
while Roger and I drove the 89-mile
"Enchanted Circle" route.  

The "Enchanted Circle" is a scenic drive featuring beautiful 
mountain scenery. It winds through the Carson National Forest and through scenic mountain towns such as Red River, which is 
especially popular during Taos' winter skiing season.

Check back soon, as our final day in Taos took us on quite an 
adventure -- so much so, that it deserves a blog
all its own!

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