The High Road to Taos

Friends Andrew and Martin suggested a drive up the high road to Taos on Monday while my husband played two 18-hole rounds of golf at Black Mesa golf course. This drive would be my chance to visit with friends I rarely see, stop at all significant sights between Santa Fe and Taos, plus make my D.H. Lawrence pilgrimage. I accepted.

The adventure began as we picked up the high road just outside of Nambe, making stops in: Chimayo, Truchas, Trampas, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Carson National Park scenic vista, the Taos Pueblo (where I would take no photos), Rio Grande Gorge bridge and overlook, downtown Taos and the Hotel de la Fonda’s collection of Lawrence’s “erotic” paintings ( where, again, I would be unable to take pictures), before winding up the scenic drive at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, its gently undulating adobe walls made famous through the paintings and photographs of Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

The return drive to Santa Fe taking the low road through Espanola was less dramatic but efficient.

Here are the day’s visual highlights.

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