We really did not know what to expect from Northern New Mexico. All we knew was that we have never been here and it was time to check it out. We spent one night in Santa Fe, but unfortunately most of it was spent sourcing parts and repairing the damage from the Oklahoma storm. We did eat at a great joint that we had seen on Diners Drive In’s and Dives, called the Tune Up cafe. Perfect regional food after a long day on the road again. The following AM we headed north to Cimarron Canyon. I cannot say enough about how scenic the campground was. The pictures and video speak for themselves. We hiked, fished, and toured through the town of Taos which we really loved. In Taos we visited the St. Francis church which has stood for over 300 years. Did I mention that it was made of mud and straw. It really was an amazing place. Georgia Okeefe and many other artists loved to paint this place. We also took a trip to a place that has interested me for a long time. Outside of Taos is the world headquarters of the earthship movement.
http://earthship.com Earthships are completely self contained and self sustaining houses made from mostly recycled material. They generate their own electricity, capture their own water, cool the air with a geo thermal process and heat the structure with passive solar. People come from all over the world to learn about these amazing structures. It was certainly inspiring to see them first had. Perhaps one day, I will find my little slice of heaven and build myself an earthship. It was tempting to use up a little of our “fluff” time and spend another day, but the campground was getting crowded we opted to move on to Durango. I highly recommend Northern New Mexico. It has the great topography of Colorado mixed with the strong Mexican influences of New Mexico.