Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Taos and Other Fun Places

One thing I have learned after being on the road for 21 months is that weekends are not good times to blog. Campgrounds tend to be filled up and it is difficult to find a time that I can upload a blog post, especially with photos.

So what have we been up to? On Friday Bob and I visited the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. We browsed around before taking advantage of a docent-led tour that gave us further insights into many of the exhibits. Unfortunately, this museum has a strict no-photograph policy and I was unable to take pictures of the many woven sashes and blankets in the museum. I hope to return with a sketchbook and capture some of the designs before we leave.

On Saturday we went to Santa Fe's bustling farmers market in the Railyard District.
We brought home some veggies and some local honey. What a fun place. The market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays and everything here is locally grown or produced.

Apart from knitting on the shawl I'm working on (and working on, and working on...) I wove this belt using 3/2 cotton and my Sunna Heddle from Stoorstalka, with my Seidel Card Loom. It went much faster than I thought it would.
We did some antiquing on Sunday and relaxed yesterday, while I kept knitting in-between times.

Which brings us up to Tuesday, when we took a trip to Taos. It was about an hour and forty five minutes to get there, and we enjoyed the ride with beautiful views.
  Just south of Taos we passed the Rio Grande Gorge.
Taos itself is a lovely little town, with adobe homes tucked into lovely gardens. It is greener than Santa Fe and has a personality all its own.
We love small town museums and stopped into this one--the Kit Carson Home & Museum. While the above is a painting, the building does not look very different (although there were not actually any donkeys in the road today.)
Around the side of the building is the courtyard, with the entrance to the museum. This is where Kit Carson's wife Josefa and their seven surviving children spent their days, cooking outside and enjoying the beautiful sunshine.
Kit Carson was a trapper, a scout, a rancher, an officer in the US Army, a transcontinental courier, and a US Indian agent. He was instrumental in discovering the passageway to the Pacific Ocean. He was also in charge of one of the most dramatic events in the history of the West, the conquering of the Navajo people at Canyon de Chelly in Arizona.

The house itself was rather small and simply furnished, typical of homes of the mid 1800s. We saw a very informative film of Carson's life before wandering around the building.

We headed back to Santa Fe just ahead of a storm that was threatening to drench us. I spent much of the rest of the day knitting. But my shawl is almost done, so I will have pictures of it soon!

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