Today was our day to visit Taos. After a good night's rest (in which I was informed I snored! Not a great surprise.), breakfast and then Evan took a dip in the pool, we got ourselves rounded up and headed for the plaza. We got there a little early so I found a parking place where I had to plug meters, but it was a good location so no problem. Walked around the plaza and then at 10:45 a.m. boarded our Trolley for a tour. We visited three places -- the Martinez Hacienda, St. Francis de Assisi church, Taos Pueblo and some interesting other spots the guide showed us (i.e., a house made out of aluminum pop cans.).
Back at the plaza the kids went to do a little shopping. I am fighting off an allergy attack of some kind. My right eye burns, hurts, waters until I can hardly see out of it, so I stopped at Wal-Mart and loaded up with eye drops and Claritin. Miserable! The wind was really blowing so I stayed in the car once we got back to the plaza. I think that helped a little.
Now we are back at the motel just chilling a little. Later we will go for supper, Evan wants The Alley Cantina and Abigail is obliging.
Learned a lot of the early history of northern New Mexico and the community of Taos. The Tiwa Indian Pueblo has been around for 1500 years and is the longest continually in habited living quarters in the U.S. UNESCO made it an international site of importance. Today the tribe was holding a dancing festival so people were pouring in to watch. We walked around the grounds of the pueblo and enjoyed Indian fry bread and Frito pie. Of course the Spanish influence is huge. We learned that adobe isn't used much anymore as it takes too much upkeep. The church of St. Francis is adobe, but every year the congregation has to patch and paint and do upkeep. Huge job. They were in the middle of their yearly project when we arrived. Because there is an ordinance that buildings and houses must be built with something that looks like adobe, right now that is concrete covered with stucco.
All in all a good day and its not over yet.