37 Photos - Apr 22, 2012
Photo: Peacock in full plumage.  Details come later but I wanted this for my cover photo.Photo: Sagebrush Inn was our home in Taos.  It was built in stages, the oldest adobes are a century old.Photo: Another part of the Sagebrush Inn.Photo: Prairie dogs were just outside our patio door but were hard to get close enough to photograph.Photo: The Millicent Rogers Museum had the best assortment of Native American art we have ever seen, perhaps better than the Heard.  Millicent was the socialite granddaughter of a Standard Oil tycoon.Photo: Millicent was an early collector and enthusiast of Southwest art and jewelry.  She introduced Southwest clothing to New York fashion circles.Photo: Pat had serious jewelry envy!Photo: Millicent Rogers collected pottery and rugs from a number of pueblos.Photo: Photo: St Francisco de AsisPhoto: One of many art galleries in Taos, which is still a funky, laid back place.Photo: Just outside Taos, the Rio Grande River Gorge bridge was nicknamed "the bridge to nowhere".  However, in this area it saves a couple of hours driving around the gorge.Photo: Starting as a mountain stream in Colorado, the Rio Grande undergoes several dramatic transformations.  Between here and Santa Fe the valley widens and we drove along the river.  In some places there the valley was wide enough for small ranches and settlements.  Not here!Photo: Some mountain peaks were still snow capped in mid-April, but the ski areas had closed the week before.Photo: We hiked this well worn trail to the cave dwellings at Tsankawi Ruins, part of Bandolier National Monument.  As you see, it is up to Pat's knee here and it was mid thigh in some places.Photo: Some of the pueblos where they added wooden structures to extend their houses.  We could not figure out the "windows".Photo: There were some petroglyphs but mainly holes used for construction.Photo: Peering inside one of the rooms.Photo: Indians carved these steps in the stone, but they are now off limits.Photo: Ladders have been installed to protect the stone and for added safety.Photo: The 1880 station in Santa Fe.  Santa Fe is is a great art and soutwest architecture destination.  The Georgia O'Keefe museum is here.Photo: Santa Fe and Albuquerque are now connected by this high speed train.Photo: Believe it or not, we found a good sushi and noodle shop in SF, very authentic.Photo: We spent an hour talking to this third generation Native American artist, then saw her exhibit at the Native American Arts and Culture museum.  Santa Fe could be the capitol for art galleries and excellent restaurants.Photo: These sculptures are all wind powered and make wonderful patterns when in motion.  And yes it is snowing!Photo: The mining town of Madrid has become a tourist stop on the Turquoise Trail between Santa Fe and ABQ.Photo: Another Madrid shop.Photo: Petroglyph National Monument outside ABQ.Photo: There are over 3500 petroglyphs here, 500  - 700 viewable from the trail.Photo: Casas de Suenos B&B in ABQ, built and enhanced by an artist in the 1930s, was the hit of our trip.Photo: A ceramic gazebo; behind it a stained glass sculpture.Photo: Ceiling of the gazebo in daylight.  The center pieces are stained glass.  At night it is lighted.Photo: A tile mosaic on the B&B back wall, circa 1938.Photo: The grounds were dripping in hydrangeas and pieces of art were everywhere.Photo: Another view of the gazebo showing more of the central garden.Photo: The Rio Grande in ABQ.Photo: This is the visitor in the first photo.  He arrived a few days before we did; theory is he came from the nearby zoo.