Morning views from the Taos house
Two glorious days ago, August 13th, marked the 5 month anniversary of the beginning of our travels as we drove from New Mexico to Colorado. We had a very special time in Taos soaking in the spiritual nature of the land, cooking up a storm every day, watching the daily monsoons roll in, hiking and getting to know the local scene.
Rob enjoys a huge beer in Taos ski valley area
Lovely sunrise from the same spot
We had homemade salsa and guacamole in the house at all times, but Rob’s claim to fame in NM were the roasted butternut squash enchiladas covered in a hatch green chili cream sauce. Amazing! Whether we were chatting with the Taos residents at happy hour in town or nude in a hot spring on the Rio Grande (yes, we had a full 30 minute conversation with a gentleman in a spring while we were all naked. God, I love New Mexico) we learned that residents feel very passionately about Taos, its history and community.
Lots of hiking on then Rio Grande
Rob and I both felt the connection to nature that we were searching for even though we were off the trail. I got in some amazing hiking. There is no shortage of it in the area. With our rental up we decided to travel to Colorado, 25 pounds of roasted hatch chilis in tow, to play in these mountains. We are in Dillon and have a dozen hikes right outside our door. Daddie Gizmo’s knees are slowly improving and he has been testing them out on flat hikes while I am going for the long miles and elevation gain. There is the best of both here. Our new jeep has served us well and feels like another piece of gear to help us explore and hike. We have had so much fun that we already blew a tire out in a rocky dirt road! Surprisingly, we have a plan for the next couple of months. I am going to go a motorcycle camping trip with my Dad to Canada when we leave here and Rob to Dallas to wrap a few things up. Then he is going to drive to New York and meet me in the Catskill mountains again. From there we plan to head to Eastern Canada. Rob has never been and of all the places I have been in the world I believe it to be one of the most beautiful. I will show him Cape Breton and Nova Scotia while we consume mass amounts of mussels, oysters and lobsters before we head to New Foundland where neither of us have been before. October or November will find us back in Taos. This is the most planning we have done in a long time. We have had a windy adventure over the last 5 months and right now we are ready to take Colorado by storm. ❤️💙💛
Overlooking Dillon and Silverthorne where we are staying.
Started the first day in CO with a beautiful 9 mile hike…
…that ended in a huge waterfall
View from my hike before I got caught in the rain coming down the mountain. A nice outdoor shower 😉
The Rio Grande!
Daddie Gizmo and I spent five days in LA together since we last wrote during which time we planned our next move. We decided to “play house” while he rests his knees. Our requirements while looking for a place to stay were somewhere connected to nature, secluded but close to lots of hiking and a working kitchen. We bought a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in LA and drove it to New Mexico this past Saturday where we had located the perfect place for us to relax for two weeks. The home we rented is a beautiful earth ship in a small town 15 minutes outside of Taos, El Prado.
This window in the living room looks out onto the gorgoeous mountain range.
It’s many windows, seclusion from neighbors, and accessibility to endless hikes are just what the dr. ordered. We have spent a lot of time in the kitchen making salsas, guacamole and delicious meals. Everywhere you look in this home you are staring at the mountains and I LOVE it! We really love the laid back earthy vibe this town gives off too. I have done 2 great hikes so far that have had beautiful views.
Hiking to Wheeler Peak
Giz feeling accomplished after making it to the peak
I love waking up in the morning, choosing a hike that will start my morning deep in nature for a few hours and then coming back to have lunch and spend the day with Daddie Gizmo. It’s funny how we almost feel like we are on vacation here, but vacation from what?! We have been on vacation for 4 1/2 months since we left Dallas. During that time we have hiked 800 miles of the PCT, visited great friends in Seattle, spent two weeks relaxing in the Catskill mountains, enjoyed a 3 week road trip around California, several small trips to LA with the hospitality of Papa Romero and now at least two weeks in New Mexico. All in all, I’d say we are doing alright! We know we are going to rest somehwere for another 2 weeks when our rental is up. We attended a tour at the Earthship Biotecture/Greater World center today. We were both incredibely inspired and moved and looking into possibly doing the two week internship this month where we can learn how to build an earthship. One thing we decided for certain, that determines our forward path, is that we are going to buy land and build, with our own hands, several earth ships that will become our hospitality business. One of us will be attending the 29 day, 6 day a week academy in October to gain all the hands on experience and classroom knowledge regarding regulations that we will need to set off on our own. We were meant to be here in Taos to discover this shared passion for off the grid sustainable living.
Loving the greenhouses
Exposed tire walls in the mechanical room
Beautiful fireplace in this earthship
This bottle wall is east facing and illuminates at sunrise