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Taos County

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  • Day21

    Easy Rider

    October 28, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    In 1969 the cult film and iconic road movie Easy Rider was released staring, producing and probably financed by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.
    Jack Nicholson had a start to his career with this movie as did Dennis Hopper because previously I think the only thing he had was a small role in Giant with James Dean.

    Wikipedia would probably go me over the accuracy of this but it’s the best I can do now off the top of my head as we have no internet connection here at a Arizona truck stop on Intestate 40 (part of old Route 66), probably one of the busiest highways in the country.
    It was either stay here or in a Casino or Walmart car park but we were being pushed along the highway at over 80 miles per hour, it was either do that speed or get run into, as we saw earlier had happened so by the time we spotted Walmarts or the Casinos they were just a blur as we sped by.

    Anyway back to Easy Rider.
    Peter had the looks plus his old man Henry and sister Jane’s famous name so he was a natural to play the character Captain America.
    Dennis was far less known and without the college football looks but I reckon far more interesting and a much better actor as well. He went on to play roles in movies like Blue Velvet and Apocalypse Now, what Peter went on to do, I don’t know.

    Dennis was, after being a drunk and drug addict, a very good artist and art collector too and had a love of native culture and their spiritual beliefs so moved to Taos in New Mexico.
    He died in 2010 and requested a native burial in Taos.
    It just so happens that the graveyard was about a kilometre from where we were staying.

    The movie Easy Rider had a huge lifestyle influence because of a love of bikes, especially choppers and road trips since I was old enough to hold out my thumb.
    At the moment where we are staying it could be said that it was a bad influence but the whine of truck tyres and engines screaming down the highway makes you a little itchy to get out there again and be pushed down that road... as one of the songs from the brilliant movie soundtrack goes... “to some other town”.

    So though we aren’t celebrity sluts and we were so close to Dennis Hopper’s grave we had to see after his brilliant career just where he lay.
    It was surprising, no Marilyn Munro splendour or Jim Morrison’s Paris grave. It’s in amongst old houses, crappy fences and someone living in a derelict caravan with rubbish blowing around.
    There are no signs to the cemetery and the whole place is pretty run down.
    Seeing the film that launched his career is about searching for the real America it seems like the perfect setting for him to be buried in.
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  • Day15

    Taos Pueblo

    November 2, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Super long day. We left Roswell around 8am and drove north across super empty landscapes. Very flat and boring, not quite desert but not agricultural land either. I suppose there are hidden cattle ranches off in the distance somewhere, but nothing really to see.

    After six hours we finally arrived at Taos Pueblo, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in North America. It actually pre-dates Columbus by several hundred years! Lots of adobe buildings, constructed into apartments which was quite interesting. A big church too, though the tour guide we had said their Catholicism was really just "interpreting" their traditional tribal religion. So tomorrow's "feast of St Anthony" or whatever was actually just their harvest festival, they just renamed it that to please the Spanish.

    Got our video done, then drove the couple of hours back to Santa Fe where we got takeaway Chinese and collapsed into bed. At least we don't have much to do tomorrow!
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  • Day20

    Taos Pueblo

    October 27, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Through the back blocks of South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico the majority of the houses we saw are built from pine and chipboard with a tar paper roof and none of them seem like they have anymore than a few years left in them.
    Whenever you see footage of a tornado going through the United States showing toothpick splinters that were once houses flying through the air it appears that, that tornado is one powerful sucker. Maybe so but it’s more likely the houses had the same structural integrity as the cardboard box your white goods came in.

    The opposite of these buildings is the Taos Pueblos. This place of mud brick structures has been standing for over a thousand years.
    It’s built in a beautiful setting and a river runs through the settlement providing their water.
    This river starts as a spring up in the mountains that fills a lake, that overflows and that is where their river comes from.
    The descendants of the original people still live there, this is not a theme park.
    Their mountains are logged and they were forbidden to visit their spring and lake for about 65 years.
    Visiting these places was very important to them, it was the basis of their spiritual beliefs which is the basis for their lives. After being done over since European settlement they have since regained a lot of what they originally owned.

    What the anglos did though was nothing compared to what the Spaniards did before them, their treatment of these people was horrendous. It has been one long history of hideous abuse so to meet these friendly welcoming people was a surprise because if I was in their shoes I’de be throwing rocks and hurling abuse at anyone who came near the place.
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  • Day21

    More Adobes

    October 28, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    If you can create a silk purse out of a pig’s ear then churches out of mud are the architectural equivalent.
    Long before any Nimbin hippie had a crack at an adobe abode ancient people were slapping this stuff around to create their own little mud cottage with a picket fence.

    Imagine Bunnings a few thousand years ago, you’d walk in and say “excuse me, can you help me, what isle is the mud in?”...” oh, that will be isles one to twenty six sir”.
    And you wouldn’t be walking around going tut tut... I remember when we manufactured all our own mud now we have all these cheap imports from China.

    Cheap imports never last and this church proves it. It was built using local people with local materials a few years before Captain Cook got a farewell from some other locals at Botany Bay, thinking that is probably the last we’ll see of them.

    There is a small graveyard enclosed in the church grounds and the dates on some of these headstones go way back to its earliest times. The descendants of the original builders still maintain the building and graveyard and like the crudeness of the materials used their epitaphs are not all that refined.
    My favourite reads...IN MEMORIA DE AGAPITA LOPEZ DEAD MARCH 5 1935

    There are a few possibilities with this headstone. One is they were dearly loved but this was erected by an unschooled person. Or two, someone needed an accurate marker to piss on.
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  • Day33

    Dinner at the Ojo Caliente Resort

    September 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    After spending the afternoon lounging in the multitude of hot pools, we headed for dinner. We started off with our beers because we arrived before the dining room opened at 5pm. Heather had a very tasty porter and Gordon was adventuresome with an over the top Double IPA with an IBU of 110. For dinner, we started off with a delicious beet salad. Heather then had a very spicy chili relleno and Gordon had scrumptious chicken enchiladas accompanied by a more sedate IPA with an IBU of 100.Read more

  • Day34

    The spa. Aaaaaaah.

    September 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We headed Over to the pools about noon for a fabulous soak and shady relaxation prior to our appointments. We tried to get the same treatments scheduled for the same time. We succeeded with the Ancient Echoes: “Based on East Indian Head Massage techniques, this therapy will take you on a voyage that explores a variety of massage and energy balancing techniques of the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp, face and ears; finishing off with a luxurious foot massage.”

    We also tried for the add-on Native American blue cornmeal prickly pear cactus skin scrub: This unique mixture of blue corn, prickly pear and ancient sea salt whisks away dry, dull skin revealing a softer, smoother texture ... rid the body of impurities ... nourishes skin and soothes irritations ... improve circulation and metabolism ... hot herbal towels open your pores and relax ... etc. etc. Unfortunately only one of us could get that add on scheduled, so being a gentleman, Gordon volunteered to pursue an alternative, more gender-appropriate add on of a beer on the porch of the wine bar.

    We met back on the porch to continue the happy hour Gordon had started, and congratulated ourselves on our decision to come here. We were quickly joined by Steve and Monta Lee, a retired couple from Colorado who continue to consult for museums around the world. We enjoyed a lively happy hour discussion of travels and exotic places we had all visited.

    We didn’t want to disturb the peace of the spa (whisper only zone!) to take photos, so we snagged some off the web so you would get an idea of the ambience and just a couple of the many pools.
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  • Day75

    Day 75 - Wetworld

    November 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ❄️ 2 °C

    Today was the wettest day of the trip so far. Luckily, our main plan for today involved driving, the destination being Taos.

    There is an impressive Native American Pueblo that we hoped to see whilst using the town as a stop of point on the way to Durango. However, the light rain for most of the drive turned into a heavy pouring as soon as we arrived at Taos. We thought we'd hanker down in the hotel room for a couple of hours and wait and see if the rain would stop. In the meantime we caught up with the HBO series Westworld and saw episode eight. Although not our first choice for entertainment today, it is a fantastic series and is building up nicely.

    With all hope of doing anything outdoors dashed, we went to the nearest restaurant for dinner. The Burger Stand was opposite and we made a quick dash for it. A Chilli Cheese Burger for Alice and a Catfish Po'boy for me with plenty of Cajun Fries. We were soon feeling much better. Back at the motel we continued to watch TV and later in the evening we peeked a look out the window and the rain had turned to snow. Enough was falling to settle on the cars but the ample rain earlier ensured it melted on most of the ground. There was only one thing for it. We popped over to the reception, collected mugs of hot chocolate and cookies, made our way back to our room, and continued to watch yet more TV.

    Song of the Day:
    Wet Wet Wet - Sweet Little Mystery
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Taos County, مقاطعة تاوس, Таос, তাউস কাউন্টি, Comtat de Taos, Condado de Taos, Taos konderria, شهرستان تائوس، نیومکزیکو, Comté de Taos, Taos, okrug, Taos megye, Թաոս շրջան, Contea di Taos, タオス郡, Taos Kūn, Hrabstwo Taos, ٹاؤس کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Taos, Округ Таос, ٹاوس کاؤنٹی، نیو میکسیکو, Quận Taos, Condado han Taos, 陶斯縣

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