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Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site, is the oldest inhabited village in North America. Apaches and Navajo began settling the area a thousand years ago, and adobe structures are known to exist in the 1300’s. The North House, shown here, is much the same as when the first Spanish explorers discovered it in 1540, searching for the “seven cities of gold”.
Approximately 150 Taos Indians still live in the dwellings, choosing to live like their ancestors without modern conveniences like plumbing and electricity. Drinking water comes from Red Willow Creek (foreground), which flows from a lake in the mountains.
The homes are passed from one generation to the next.
Thought for the Day: Cherish truth, but trust old age. Pueblo Proverb
The back property line of a little-used, dusty, unpaved public parking lot of a small town in northeast New Mexico had a fence made of old skis. Overgrown native grasses and bushes (weeds) filled in the cracks between the skis. There was no peeking inside.
Was a retired ski bum wasting away on the other side of the fence? Was this a frustrated artist whose sculpture was turned down by the local Chamber of Commerce? Or was it just a clever trash collector with a creative way to contain his pit bull?
It was a head-scratcher alright, but I wasn’t nosy enough to solve that mystery.
Thought for the Day: The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde
The older parts of Omaha, Nebraska, use “1/2” in the house number of some houses. Alleys are common in the old neighborhoods, making easy access to the back yard. For various reasons, people would sell the back half of their lot, maybe to a son or daughter to keep the family close. A house would be built on it and “1/2” was added to the address.
This wide alley, between 13th and 14th street, is paved with brick, plenty of room for cars to pass. The house facing 14th street is 1414; the house in back, facing the alley is 1414 1/2.
Computerized mailings are iffy.
Thought for the Day: There goes the neighborhood. Inscribed on the headstone of Rodney Dangerfield
Taking the mountain road north out of Arroyo Seco, NM the scenery changes dramatically. A sign read, “Entering Carson National Forest”, the road became steeper, my ears popped, and I thought I was in the Colorado Rockies.
Climbing steadily and winding around the mountain for eight miles, we reached Taos Ski Valley Resort. Any further up the mountain required a 4-wheel drive vehicle. It was sunny and dry, so I figured my AWD Honda could make it a little further. Another two miles was the end of the road; the last ski lift and the Bavarian Inn with a great view of Wheeler Peak, tallest peak in New Mexico at 13,161 feet.
The Bavarian Inn is about as authentic as you can get; i.e. the food, beer and traditional dress of the wait staff. Think lederhosen. I had jager schnitzel and some great German beer. The bad news was now we had to drive down the mountain.
Thought for the Day: A quart of ale is a dish for a king. William Shakespeare
Arroyo Seco Shop
Interesting store front: charming, colorful and inviting, decorative door, the primitive blue seat under the window, red peppers hanging by the door, blooming red flowers in pots, bright orange thermometer, and the for-looks-only sagging blue shutter.
Something about Arroyo Seco that I can’t quite put my finger on … well, Taos and the entire general area of New Mexico for that matter. The area was settled in the 1800’s, and many original buildings still exist … so, they’re old. I get that. But are they all old or just made to look that way. New adobe-and-timber construction would match the original buildings and look old within a year or two under the blazing sun. The blistering heat peels paint so fast it looks like Kit Carson could still be in town.
Whatever, it’s a fascinating place to visit.
Thought for the Day: Adventure is worthwhile. Aesop
A lot of celebrities hang out in Taos, NM. Here, in Arroyo Seco, a small town close to Taos, I found Colonel Sanders’ younger brother and Mrs. Doubtfire waiting for a bus.
Thought for the Day: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Will Rogers
While exploring the Taos, NM area, I came across a quaint little town called, Arroyo Seco. Just two blocks long, the small town had plenty of little shops, art galleries, starving artists of all kinds, an ice cream shop and an organic fruit stand.
This colorful display of bandannas stuck out from the dark store front that was shaded by a roof of corrugate tin. It reminded me of a street scene in Nazareth, Israel (click here), where colorful abayas hung for sale on the sidewalks.
This store was one-of-kind, selling used items (think Goodwill rejects), dime-store items, local artwork, auto parts and fine jewelry. This kept the Mrs. busy long enough for me to find plenty of photo opportunities.
Thought for the Day: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.