Tony & Judy's Four Corners Trip Summer 2010 travel blog


San Geronimo Church 1850


Remnants of original Church 1619

Hlaauma/North House (Pueblo Condo)

Red Willow Creek

Hlaukkwima/South House

Horno - Adobe outside oven

Adobe House with drying rack and adobe ovens

Bridge over the Rio Grande River Gorge (about 10 miles outside of...

At the center of the Bridge

Judy kneeling down so you can see the river far below

The river downstream of the bridge

Upstream of the bridge

Earthship housing development just past the Gorge

Newly opened visitor and information center

End view of model house

Front view

House under construction

Wall - Note the tires, cans and bottles used in construction

Another wall with bottles and cans

Building materials

More building materials

A look at the development area. Any takers!

Back at the Plaza. Judy shopped and Tony had a Root Beer...

In the Plaza

Around the Plaza

Around the Plaza

Around the Plaza

Near the Plaza

Near the Plaza

Near the Plaza

Mt. Wheeler, 13161 ft. as viewed from the campground near sunset. Tallest...

Getting ready to roll up a "large" faihita at the Mexican Restaurant

Today we drove the short distance to Taos Pueblo. More than 150 people live year-round at the pueblo, as their ancestors did, with no electricity or running water. Water is supplied by a nearby stream. It is one of the oldest communities in the U.S., having been occupied continuously for around 1,000 years. The sights include the 1850 San Geronimo Chapel, the ruins of the earlier 1619 San Geronimo Church, the community cemetery, central plaza with its drying racks and outdoor adobe ovens called hornos. Adobe homes are clustered around the community. Taos Pueblo was inscribed in 1992 onto the World Heritage list by UNESCO as “The First Living World Heritage”.

No surprise - as with other Indian places, there was an entrance fee to walk around the community: $10 per adult, plus $6 for the camera.

Just outside of Taos is the Rio Grande Gorge. We went but it’s not very exciting after being at the Grand Canyon.

Next we went to the Earthship Visitor Center. We learned that an Earthship is a passive solar home that gets its electricity from the sun, its water from the sky and is made out of natural and recycled materials. Buildings are completely “off-grid” which means there are no utility lines, water lines or sewage lines connected to it. We toured the building and watched a DVD that told all about how it works. You can rent an Earthship, own an Earthship or build an Earthship. There is a small community of these homes behind the Visitor’s Center. Some of the major products used in the building process are used tires, cans and bottles, in addition to good old dirt or soil. There are similar projects going on in several parts of the world.

What do you think the Holiday Island Planning Commission would think about all this???

We made another trip to the Plaza for a little shopping on our last afternoon in Taos.

Tonight we ate Mexican food at the Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant. It was recommended by our next door neighbors here at the RV Park. We enjoyed our sometimes Friday night ritual, but missed our Kingwood friends to enjoy it with.

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