“I think anyone that writes a blog should know that she has readers out there”. That’s what Dione P said to me after she came knocking at our door last evening. We probably hadn’t been home more than 10 minutes when she knocked. Rick answered and I could hear conversation but couldn’t make out what was being said. I thought it was our next door neighbors :) Soon Rick called me to the door and there was Dione explaining that she was a “lurker” on my blog and had been without internet for 3 weeks until this morning when her phone had really good signal so she went to catch up on some blog reading. That’s when she saw Gypsy Turtles and Abiquiu Lake…which is exactly where she was! So she came to say “hi”. Turns out, she’s 2 sites down from us but they left today. We are headed out tomorrow and in the same general direction. Who knows, our paths may cross again and if they do, I hope you’ll knock on our door again, Dione. You really made my day! Thank you!
I know of several friends and family members that read my blog and never comment or follow, which is fine, but I am always amazed when a perfect stranger comes up to me and says they read it. It makes me feel 10 feet tall and I am humbled by all of you that take the time to read my thoughts. Thank you so much!
Now, back to my regularly scheduled post :)
Yesterday morning was our 2nd to last day in New Mexico. We thought we should make one last day trip. Our choices were Los Alamos or Taos. Hmmm. Los Alamos-nuclear stuff. Taos-skiing, touristy, cute shops, good restaurants. Let me toss a coin. Surprise! Taos it is ;)
The drive was about 65 miles. Once we got to Taos, we stopped at the Visitor’s Center but they were so busy we just grabbed a Taos Tourist Magazine and left. After consulting the magazine and finding good maps in it, we headed downtown into the historic area where there are lots of shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Finding parking was an issue. For off season skiing, there sure were a lot of tourists milling around :) We turned off the main drag and found a metered parking lot. Ok, the sign had said “Free Parking” but there were meters all over. What’s up with that? More importantly, where is an open space? We took the only available space…and it had a broken meter! Guess that means it IS free :) The person or persons before us had wrapped an orange ribbon around the meter with a note that in effect said “Meter took my money and didn’t give me any minutes!” It wouldn’t have made much sense to feed more quarters in the thing so we left the orange tape and went exploring. It soon became obvious that many meters were broken. There were handwritten signs all over the place explaining that money had been put in and no minutes given. Maybe it’s cheaper to just ignore the problem than to fix the meters?
I wasn’t going to let a silly meter ruin the day. So off we went. This area of Taos reminded me of the downtown area of Santa Fe. Lots of cute shops, pottery, jewelry. We wandered in and out of shops for awhile until it became obvious to Rick that the cheesy granola bar I gave him on our way out the door just wasn’t cutting it anymore :)
It just so happened we found ourselves right by The Gorge Bar and Grill :) We got a table outside and had a nice cold beer while we waited for our food, which was excellent. They make a mean green chili cheeseburger and an awesome pastrami Reuben. We split our sandwiches and shared :)
We took a different route home. The wind had picked up and we got to see our second sighting of a New Mexico “dust devil”. These are like miniature tornadoes that just pop up and spin. This picture isn’t very impressive. We were too far away and I didn’t zoom in at a very impressive moment. The first one we saw, a few days ago, was much better formed and quite impressive. Naturally, I didn’t have my camera handy :(
We made it home safe and sound :) Oh, and no parking ticket at the broken meter :) Today we got things ready to move on in the morning. It was too windy to do anything else. It’s gusting at 50 mph out there! Hope it stops before tomorrow :) Next stop: La Veta, Colorado.
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