La Fonda at night
As we were ambling about Santa Fe the day before, we came across a
narrow street and I exclaimed to Kim that there was a good breakfast joint a
block away. We hiked down and there was
Pasquales! This truly is a hip joint and
when I hinted where I would like to consume breakfast over dinner, Sandy simply exclaimed
“so you must want to go to Pasquales.”
Although very cramped, you barely take notice in this eatery that
features first rate selections and top notch service. With happy bellies we departed Santa Fe for Taos.
Kim and Sandy had been to some flea market north of Santa Fe last year and
since there seemed no satisfying their desire to shop, this was our first
Despite a lack of enthusiasm, we
stumbled upon one native artist who crafted some brilliant turquoise pieces and
I bought Kim a necklace.
that the jewelry is beautiful here!
After this stop it was a further ascent.
This entire section of New Mexico is nestled in the mountains…I think
Santa Fe is around 7,000 feet above sea level…and Taos
must be even higher.
is such a veteran of this area, we took the ‘back way’ so we could visit some
villages with more shopping opportunities.
I was impressed that Sandy
was so intimate with the area and Kim & I purchased some ‘traditional’
(yeah!) Navajo rugs at one stop – a family that has been rug making for
generations and their “shop” was also their factory, with seven looms spread
across the floor.
Arrived at Taos
around lunch and I was somewhat disappointed.
Have always held this very high
vision of Taos
and it struck me as just another traffic jam with nothing distinctive. The main drag is a disaster…cars, cars,
cars! We endured the traffic for a fun
lunch at Doc Martin’s --- a very pleasant dining establishment/hotel right in
the heart of downtown Taos. Our accommodations, however, where at the
charming Country Inn of Taos. Had to
hack about a bit to pin down the location (if you stay here, veer left
on the 1/3rd mile dirt driveway to avoid visiting the neighbors!).
Once you overcome the angst of arriving, this B&B
quickly impresses as wonderful! Our
hostess, Yolanda, gave us hugs as she proudly informed us of the
Truchas, NM...in case there was any doubt
I love the architecture
around both Santa Fe
…my attempt to explain would be that it’s
like ‘Disney does adobe.’
was a perfect example and it is very cool to have an adobe fireplace in your
And the payback for the time
invested in driving around to locate this place was that it was on the edge of
town, so you had an uncluttered view from our room.
I heartily recommend this B&B if you plan
on visiting Taos
Yolanda gave us much advice and many recommendations
and was dead on every time!
So the reason we were here was to witness the Pow Wow. This event is a gathering of the Pueblo tribes to compete
for cash prizes in dancing and drumming.
But please dismiss the intervention of lucre…as will eventually be
revealed, this is a beautiful pageant.
The Pow Wow starts Friday night and we had tentatively planned to
congregate because this is supposed to be the grandest Grand Entrance (Sandy
has been to the Pow Wow many times and clued us in that the initial Grand
Entrance is a phenom – all of the tribes enter dancing in full tribal
Kim and I ventured through the rain and mud and entered
the Pow Wow…but we hadn’t packed any rain gear and the droplets drove us back
home. We subsequently learned that the
evening performances got cancelled anyway.
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