I'm just not remembering everything I learned today so I'll have to add information later that my foggy mind just can't recall right now.
We began the morning having our free waffle, English muffin, orange juice and coffee breakfast. Jon was a bit skeptical about us staying at a very economical (for Santa Fe) motel but we're liking it very nicely with the fridge and lovely breakfast.
Jon planned an interesting trip to Taos for sight seeing and Taos Pueblo to see how Native Americans live and lived. On the way there we saw many beautiful flowers along the roadside that I don't know the name of.
Just as I was marveling at the beautiful flower I noticed this equally intriguing bug.
This is the San Jose Gracias catholic church which was built in 1760. It is in Las Trampas.
We arrived in the quaint town of Taos where I believe Julia Roberts is supposed to live. Didn't see her anywhere! This is a very artsy, beautiful town. We ate outside at the Bent Street Deli and Cafe. I recommend this place highly. Great food, nice people and just the most relaxing place to eat lunch.
It was so pretty here with musicians playing their guitars and a folk singer singing music I love but it was time to head out to the Native American town of Taos Pueblo.
There are currently 2,800 people still living there. They said it is the oldest inhabited town in the U.S. They speak the Tiwa language. 75% of the people are Catholic.
This Taos Pueblo gravesite is right beside their first church, the history of which represents the violence between the Native Americans, the Spanish and Americans.
These drying racks are where hunters would dry and preserve the meat they caught.
We enjoyed watching this dog looking for something good to eat.
We found that we had quite a bit in common with our guide Cameron. He has gone to the University of Hawaii on the Manoa Campus and is now planning to go to the Art Institute of Chicago where he would like to study film making. He says he'd like to show stories showing more positive, happy aspects of Native American life.
We noticed this prairie dog outside the visitor center. Jon says they may be cute but are a nuisance in New Mexico. I guess that's sort of like the chipmunks in Illinois.
Well...that's it for now. Tomorrow we'll be going to Albuquerque.