It was 25˚ when we got up this morning. Yes, both of us had a good night’s sleep in spite of traffic noise. The sky was so blue and the view of the mountains are always a nice sight for our eyes.
After breakfast we went out for sightseeing. First on NM 68 South to visit Ranchos de Plaza and the church that was built in 18th century. It used mud mixed in with straw and has buttress to help support the walls. Photography was not allowed inside the church. It was beautiful, very old. The smell was little musty. There are galleries/stores around the church.
|Back of the church|
Notice the unusual shaped buttress that supports the wall
We visited two stores that were open for business after 10 am. The first store had interesting paintings, antiques, old books, etc. The second store sells lots of Southwestern jewelry, statues, pottery ware.
It started to get a bit warmer by the time we left the church. Edith had 4 layers on and Erwin had two.
From the church we went back north on 64 to go visit Sierra Vista Cemetery. When Edith saw it yesterday on way to Orchard Plaza she was excited about it and said she would come check it out today. Well, the cemetery is very disorganized, almost like there is no plans and they bury people haphazardly, facing every directions. Although she took a couple pictures she was not at all impressed. On way out there were three dogs, two of them digging a hole at one tombstone. Erwin made a call to the Historical Society and they were aware of the situation. We hope they did not dig in the casket to get free bones!
We visited Overland Ranch plaza where there are few stores and restaurants. There were lots of wind sculptures that move when the winds blow. We checked out Overland Sheepskin store and could smell the leather. Their clothing was of high quality, but came with high prices, of course. Erwin picked up cinnamon bun at Farmhouse Cafe, but did not eat it right away. He was saving it for lunch.
|American Sign Language for "I Love You"|
We strolled among many wind sculptures in the back of the plaza. There was an artist getting the canvas sketched of the old truck and the mountains. Beautiful tall birch trees with leaves starting out.
We parked the vehicle, walked on the bridge from beginning to end on both sides. On way back to the vehicle we spotted a raft with people going toward the rapids on Rio Grande River. There are many padlocks locked to the rails on both sides.
The view of the mountains from the bridge is gorgeous and breathtaking. Especially when there are clouds hanging over the mountains. We had lunch while enjoying the view.
We checked out Monte Bello RV Park, got information. The nightly rate is $38, but you cannot beat the view. Breathtaking 360 degree view of the mountains! We think we might think about checking into it tomorrow if we plan to stay another day in Taos.
Now on the Enchanted Circle drive (83 mile auto loop). Several towns along the loop. The highest elevation was over 9,800’ and the temp dropped to 25˚. Flurries/snow continued for a long while. We saw Bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, a very large herd of elk, American Kestrel, llamas, beaver dam.
At one point it snowed so hard and fast and Edith had to be extra careful driving because of twisty and rolling roads. She managed it very well and was very observant. There were many vehicles getting so close from behind and Edith pulled over to the shoulder to let them go past.
We visited Angel Fire, NM because that was where we did the laundry 3 years ago when we traveled for 9 weeks in our old Chrysler minivan (we slept/lived in it). The laundromat is STILL there… Few new buildings have been added. The hummingbird feeders that were at the apt next door were gone! Probably the lady moved? We remembered there were hundreds of hummingbirds, different season too.
|Narrow Leaf Cottonwood Trees|
|More than 30 in this herd!|
|Unfinished business for beaver(s)|
|A large herd of elk|
|Snow sticking to the front|
The road from Angel Fire to Taos was very twisty with lots of sharp turns. We made it back to Walmart safely.