On the 19th I met up with my NC camping friend Jeanne and her sister Joanne. We are camped at Tetilla Peak Campground in the Cochiti Lake Rec. Area, about 25 miles SW of Santa Fe. It’s only $10 a night with the Geezer Pass, and has electricity and water. We can see the lake but we’re not really close to it.
The photo above is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on the way to Taos. You’re supposed to park at the rest area at one end and walk halfway out on the bridge to see the river far below. (We didn’t. )
Our most memorable experience in Taos was the pizza at Mondo Italiano. We ordered the large pizza for $14, and ordered 4 toppings. It was pretty good though the sauce was very spicy and the cheese was scanty, we enjoyed it. Then we got the bill…$29!!! None of us noticed that there were any topping prices on the menu, but each veg. topping cost $2.50 extra, and each meat topping was $4! Yikes! Next time we’ll look for the small print, or ask.
We went to Taos Pueblo, where around 1000 people still live the “old way”…no electricity, they dip all their water from the stream, and they farm and hunt for their food. I took a few photos of the turquoise doors, as that’s supposed to bring good luck.
We then went up up up into the forest to Eagle Nest and Angel Fire, cute little towns up around 8400′. Angel Fire is a ski resort town.
In Santa Fe, we visited the Loretto Chapel, the church with the “miraculous staircase”. The story is that the architect for the chapel died, and once the chapel was built they realized there was no stairway to get to the choir loft. Many churches back then just had ladders, but the nuns were afraid their long habits would be dangerous on a ladder. So they prayed to St. Joseph for nine days, and then a drifter appeared. He said he would build them a stairway but he needed total privacy, ane he locked himself in the chapel for three months. The staircase is built totally of non-native wood, using a few primitive tools. It has no central post and was not attached to any walls. It really is pretty amazing. The handrail was added later. As soon as the staircase was finished, he disappeared and no one knows his name.
At the Visitor Center we asked about a good restaurant that was NOT Mexican and she told us the Plaza Cafe. So we went there and the only non-Mexican dishes they had was breakfast, so I had bacon & eggs for lunch! I’m just not a big fan of Mexican food. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with a tooth so it was really hard to eat. After the waiter took our orders, he said “How about some chips and salsa and guacamole?” And Jeanne said “Yeah!”. Well those chips she thought were free, cost $12.95!! It’s OK, Joanne was paying, LOL.
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