Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Taos Trip 2006

We did our annual trip to Taos over the New Year weekend and stayed at our usual hotel, the Adobe Wall Motel. It’s rather rustic, but clean and comfy.

We started Saturday at Michael’s Kitchen. As always there was a line and the food was excellent. While we have a lot of favorite places to visit in Taos there’s never enough time to do everything in one weekend.

This time we paid another visit to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Her Taos home was turned into a museum to display her collection and some recent additions include Rio Grande blankets from the collection of her late son Paul.

I always like to look around in the Nambe shop (someday I’ll buy something) and I always stop in the La Lana Wools shop. This time I bought some silver Cashmere to try spinning. Another favorite shop of mine is Common Threads, an international fabric store. My husband likes to stop in the Six Directions Gallery and look at the turquoise and silver jewelry. This time he looked at belts and almost bought one.

Saturday evening we had dinner at Doc Martin’s, another tradition of ours. It was way beyond our usual budget this time and I don’t think we’ll eat there on a special holiday again. However, no complaints about the food! It was superb as usual.

Sunday morning, January 1st, we went out to Taos Pueblo to watch some of the dancing for the Turtle Festival. When we got there, they had just finished with a dance, so we waited. The sky was overcast and the wind was sharp so it was quite cold. We were bundled up tight.
When we saw the dancers coming out all I could think of was how cold they must be. They walked single file to the first place to dance and they were all bare chested and bare legged. They lined up shoulder to shoulder and began to dance with their skin turning pink from the cold. As they danced an older man walked back and forth in front of them giving the signals for transitions in the dance. They repeated the dance three times in three different parts of the pueblo’s central plaza before retreating back where they came from.

When they were gone we went into the church to look, warm up, pray, and think, then back into town to find something hot to drink and for me to write down what we had just seen. I also did this sketch from memory since sketching and photographing the dance are not allowed.

We went back out to the pueblo again and saw a variation of the same dance with costumes that were more ornate but certainly not warmer. Then we visited a few of the pueblo galleries that were open by then.

On Monday, we briefly visited the San Francisco de Assis church in Rancho de Taos made famous by artist Georgia O’Keeffe. I sketched the back view which is so well known and then we were on our way home.

We saw a lot of art in Taos that we would like to have brought home, but didn’t either because it was beyond our budget or because we simply restrained ourselves. We have a lot of art already and not enough room for it all.


  1. The cheese blintz at Michael's for breakfast were the greatest. It prompted me to go find a recipe and maybe try it myself. Turns out all I had to do was mention it to Kris' mom, and poof, she promises to make them for us some time.

  2. December 13, 2005 was the last day that one of our favorite shops was open. Francoise is no more. It was a very small jewerly shop, on the East side of the plaza, under the portico. This little shop has been one of the "have to go in there" places each time we visit Taos.

    On Kit Carson Rd, on the south side of the street, is a restaurant tucked in at the back of a courtyard. I wandered back, and read the history of the building that is posted along side the menu by the front door. The property originally sold for $75. It changed hand, according to the deed, for $100, and $135, and the family that owns it now paid $150 for it, in 1875. It has been in the same family ever since. What would that property cost now? How much are they making on renting out to the galleries and shops that now occupy parts of this property? I guess the lesson here is buy early, before a place is discovered. Or use a time machine...