Stop #1 on any trip to New Mexico for my family is to a "real" Mexican food restaurant for some sort of really spicy mexican food followed by the most amazing dessert ever... sopapillas! For you poor eaters who've never experienced a sopapilla, it's a piece of fried dough, that's puffed up so you can poke a hole in it and fill it with honey, then squish it together and devour it. It's amazeballs! And why no Mexican food restaurant outside of Texas and New Mexico serves them is a travesty to humanity!
|My sopapilla from Tomasita's in Santa Fe (on the road to Taos). Just looking at this makes me hungry.|
The "Gorge Bridge"
New Mexico has some of the most beautiful scenery you'll ever lay eyes on. It's also home to the Most Beautiful Long-Span Steel Bridge in the U.S, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Located about 20 minutes outside of Taos, it also happens to be the 7th highest bridge in the U.S., which I can now attest to based on the nervous feeling in my stomach as I looked over the side of it. It's a gorgeous view as long as you look out, not down ;)
Kit Carson Home and Museum
Who is Kit Carson? I knew the name, I knew he was a frontiersmen, but that was about it. Well, he lived in Taos, and his house is still there, which you can walk through after watching a documentary about the man who helped map the Oregon Trail. (Note: While not air conditioned, the house/museum is an old adobe abode, and therefore much cooler than walking around downtown Taos to shop on a 95-degree afternoon ;)
|The courtyard of the home, and entrance to the museum.|
|The other side of the courtyard. That window is to the kitchen, where food was passed in and out.|
|The other side of the window -- the home's kitchen.|
|The "living room"|
New Mexico calms me... it's quiet and beautiful. See :) Ahhhhh.