“O, FAIR NEW MEXICO”
🎶Under the sky of azure,
Where balmy breezes blow,
Kissed by the golden sunshine,
is Nuevo Mejico,
Land of the Montezuma,
With firey hearts aglow,
Land of the deeds historic,
is Nuevo Mejico.🎶
—Written by Elizabeth Garrett—
—Adopted by the State of New Mexico 1917—
Artists and photographers gravitate to New Mexico to enjoy its beauty and the quality of the natural light. The Native Americans have a profound spiritual appreciation of the land. We enjoyed learning the history and culture of New Mexico.
TAOS PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO
The Taos Pueblos is one of the oldest continuous communities in the United States. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A reservation of 95,000 acres surrounds the pueblo, and 4,500 people live on the reservation.
TAOS, NEW MEXICO
The Taos website describes the town “as an art colony, a world-class ski resort, and an ancient community. Taos is a place of convergence – of cultures, of opposites, of like minds and new perspectives. Drawn by clean air and great views, visitors come to experience rich spiritual traditions, fine art and the beauty of the landscape. They come to Taos for creative inspiration and the abundant outdoor recreation.”
We enjoyed our visit in Taos! On Thursday nights live entertainment takes over the Taos square. Residents and visitors enjoy a few hours of dance and socialization.
CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK
The Guadalupe Mountains rise 8750 feet in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The Chihuahuan Desert surrounds the mountains. Carlsbad Caverns are the world’s most famous cave system. The caverns are 800 feet below ground and are a “Hidden World National Wonder.” Scientists use microbes, found in the caves, to conduct cutting-edge research. They hope to discover new antibiotics and cancer drugs.
RIO GRAND RIFT VALLEY ROAD, NEW MEXICO
We traveled the scenic Rio Grande Rift Valley Road from Taos to Santa Fe. The road follows the river and the Sandia Mountains rise on both sides. The beautiful landscape held our attention, and the miles melted away.
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
AIRPORT – ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
As planned, we took a three-week hiatus from our travels and flew home. We left a dejected looking Miss Daisy at the airport. We waved a farewell and promised to return and continue our journey together.