Northern New Mexico Visit

THREE DESTINATIONS:

1.    Taos Pueblo (Click on name-link to go to the official website of the Pueblo)

According to this Wikipedia article, although about 90% of the population in and around this pueblo are baptized Catholic, most also observe their native religion and its traditions and customs including ceremonies and dances.  

Interesting.  

This church, dedicated to Saint Jerome and once photographed by Ansel Adams, has very nice interior artwork, but a sign asked for no photos to be taken, so I did not take any.  Respect:

There are two large residential and ceremonial complexes, this is one of them.  Every year the walls are refinished with the locally obtained mud that dries to make adobe.  A thousand years ago, and for a long time thereafter, there were no doors at ground level.  As a defensive measure one needed to climb a ladder to the first level of roofs and then climb down a ladder into the ground-level dwellings.  When there was a threat, the lower ladders were pulled up.  The walls were/are very thick:

  

No electricity, no telephone, no running water inside the buildings within the pueblo proper.  

We saw several people come to collect water and even drink directly from Willow Creek, the pueblo's only, but reliable, water source:

The higher mountain in the background of the last two photos is Taos Peak.

This is a World Heritage Site preserving native American arts and traditions.

Our next stop is going to be just a dozen or so miles to the northwest from here, where the Rio Grande has cut itself quite a gorge.

 2. GO TO RIO GRANDE GORGE

3. VISIT THE UPPER PECOS RIVER (PART 1 OF 2)

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