Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Taos & Abiquiu Lake, NM 10/9/2013

On the road again Wednesday Oct. 9.
As we were driving to Santa Fe yesterday the engine would lose power as we drove up hills, I mean BIG hills.  Phil called for an appointment to have it checked.  They couldn't get us in here in Santa Fe until next Tuesday.  Decided to wait for that appt., lots to see in the area.  So off to Taos Pueblo.
This is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. 
Building are constructed entirely of adobe.  Roofs are supported by vigas (large wood timbers).  The only modern improvements are doors and windows.
Interesting necklaces made of corn.
It is chilly overnight so the artist has fire going to take the chill from the air.
Eye catching.  I wandered through many artists' shops.

During our tour of the Pueblo we learned the original church which was destroyed in the War with Mexico by the U.S. Army in 1847. That church, the ruins still evident on the west side of the village, was first built in 1619. It was then destroyed in the Spanish Revolt of 1680. 
San Geronimo, or St. Jerome, Chapel was completed in 1850

                                         Oven used for baking bread.
The adobe houses need application 1 to 2 times a year. 

In Taos we visited Kit Carson's home and Museum.

Courtyard of Carson's home.

Sewing Machine he gave his wife for wedding gift.

Many places and institutions names after Kit Carson.  He was a well known
mountain man, army general and negotiator.

Sights around Taos.

We took Linda and Tom's advice and drove to Abiquiu Lake.

We stayed at Abiquiu Lake Corp of Engineers Campground.
What a breathtaking place and only $9. a night.

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