Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
38Trip End Mar 29, 2009
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Taos does have some artist studios and a couple museums like the Bent house, but the coolest thing I did was visit the Kit Carson House and Museum. Kit was a legendary mountain man, Indian scout, and soldier. He was a true pioneer and had a home here. He was married to a local Spanish maid and lived for many years here after his wild days. He and his wife Josefa are buried here in the local cemetery named after him.
I actually enjoyed the drive up along the "High Road to Taos" scenic byway more than Taos itself. This is beautiful high mountain country and every mile is a fantastic scene. The mountains and snow, along with small Spanish and Indian villages sprinkled throughout make for a great drive (or ride). The best of these spots was the Santuario de Chimayo. This is a local church and chapel built by a local parishioner back in the 1800's. To the Catholic faithful, this is a Holy place where miraculous healings have been reported. It is considered the American version of the famous Lourdes grotto in France. Since it was a Sunday, I lucked out and got to attend Mass! I'm not Catholic, but I said a prayer for you all. : )
Well, today the space shuttle Discovery finally launched. After over a month and countless delays, she's on her way. This was one of the high points I had planned to see as part of the trip, but I will just have to chalk it up as "the one that got away". : (
So it's time to turn South and head over to Phoenix to commune with the family. Since I missed the Taos Pueblo, I'm going to visit the Acoma Pueblo which is West of Albuquerque.
"Go West young man..."
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