Viewing the Rio Grande Rift (Taos, NM)

There is no indication as you're driving northeast along Highway 68 to Taos that the Rio Grande River will reveal itself in the middle of one of Earth's biggest geologic rifts. About halfway out of Espanola, the river at this time of year was lazy. Several rafters were making their way down river near Rio... Continue Reading →

Ramen at Shibumi Ramenya (Santa Fe, NM)—CLOSED

Tonight, we were in the mood for Asian food, so I came across a Yelp review of Shibumi Ramenya in Santa Fe. There wasn't anything revealing about the reviews, but we went anyway. As soon as we walked in, the interior exuded a minimalism that is classic Japanese. Although the name ramenya means a ramen... Continue Reading →

Léona’s Restaurante (Chimayo, NM)

Leona's was a little gem in Chimayo, across the walkway from the Santuario. Since 1977, Leona Medina-Tiede has been serving delicious snack foods, primarily burritos and tamales. I ordered the carne adovada burrito, very different from the adovada I had at El Bruno's. This was a wonderful adovada, more tender than Bruno's, more garlicky, shredded... Continue Reading →

High Road, Taos to Santa Fe (NM)

To get to Santa Fe, rather than returning the way we arrived in Taos along the Rio Grande, we drove an alternate route, called the High Road, which winds through small towns in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. All the towns are at least 7,500 ft in elevation (with Truchas at an amazing 8,000 ft),... Continue Reading →

Pottery of Mata Ortiz

In 1976, an American anthropologist, Spencer MacCallum, sought out and found Juan Quezada, a potter in Mata Ortiz, a small town in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, approximately 100 miles south of the U.S. border. Years earlier, he had been impressed with and purchased one of Quezada's pieces at a general store and began a... Continue Reading →

Brunch at Doc Martin’s (Taos, NM)

Doc Martin's sits inside the Historic Taos Inn. It is a well regarded restaurant in Taos, having been in business for over twenty years. Two nights ago, we scarfed down margaritas and chips in Taos Inn's bar area, Adobe Room. This morning, we decided to do brunch here, served only on the weekends, before heading out of... Continue Reading →

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