Taos was the main town we decided to explore in New Mexico. It was Michael’s first time in this state, as I had gone to Alburquerque in the past for a conference. Although it was my second time in the state, I had never imagined the abundance of pueblos or clay houses, in the town. There were older ones and also older-looking ones with modern windows, doors, and garages built right in. There were oddly shaped structures, which we thought might have been used as abodes, and they were all scattered sporadically throughout the sandy plain.
It was Thursday, October 16th. As soon as we entered the state of NM after passing through Colorado, we realized its natural beauty, which was unlike anything we had seen before. Ten minutes away from our hotel we drove over the Gorge Bridge over the Rio Grande, which was so magnificent. It was so spectacular to see that this river, the Rio Grande, carved out the mountains and the earth to form such magnificent structures.
There were a few vendors selling local arts and crafts alongside the road, so we decided to stop to take in the beauty of the Rio Grande. We spoke to one vendor who shared about his day as a vendor alongside the gorge bridge. He described it as a day which could start as early as the evening prior as some vendors would camp out to secure a prime location. For him, his day typically starts at 5:30am, when he takes his time to set up all of his trinkets and Native American folk arts and crafts to sell. From there, it is pretty much a waiting game. He would hang out in his car until potential buyers would come. It was about 4pm when we got there, and some of the vendors were already packing up their stuff. It’s a long day for these guys, and what was really funny was there were many signs posted along the side of the road explicitly stating: “No Vending”. Sometimes, the best education lies in chatting with people from all walks of life.
We stayed at the Kachina Lodge, which was right outside the historical area of the town of Taos. The cache was first on our list, which we found right at the cemetery at Carson park. The around 5pm we drove to the Taos Pueblo. To our dismay, the hours of operation of the pueblo are 8:30am-4:30pm. On that note, we decided to check out the downtown area to do get our magnet and have dinner.
Parking was a breeze, as we found a lot that was free. We found an authentic-looking tile magnet with a New Mexico sticker on it, and we thought it was perfect! Then we took a nice stroll around the town and made our way through some clay and brick alleyways, which led us to various smaller antique-looking shops and galleries. Buildings were all pueblo-style, with even the town’s McDonald’s built and decorated in this manner. Walking through town, we thought Taos resembled a ghost town of some sort. This town has a strong focus on art and galleries were spread out throughout with artwork from locals. It was a small historic town intermingled with Mexican and Native American cultures.
For dinner, we stumbled across The Gorge Bar and Grill, which was located on the second floor of the Taos Plaza. It was a great decision, as the food was very delicious!
The next morning, we made the journey to our next state, Nebraska, which should take us 12 hours, or so. We are planning on staying overnight in Colorado, but haven’t decided which town yet…guess we will book it soon:)