Exploration: New Mexico (and the Rio Grande Gorge)

Welcome to New Mexico!

Me at the southern Colorado-Northern New Mexico border sign.
Me at the southern Colorado-Northern New Mexico border sign.

After working for a couple of days in Boulder, Charlotte and I headed down to Taos, New Mexico to hang out. This was the first time any Dufoe kids have been to NM, so this was a new state for each of us! I have been to 40ish states and Charlotte a little less, so that was a big deal.

"Hobbit houses" built into the sand.
“Hobbit houses” built into the sand.

First, we visited the Earthship Biotechture community: “radically sustainable buildings.” These buildings, located pretty much in the middle of nowhere in the desert, are crafted out of recycled and sustainable materials and are classified as “green buildings that meet standard building codes.”

Charlotte with a cement/glass bottle fence.
Charlotte with a cement/glass bottle fence in front of the visitor’s center

This community really comes out of nowhere – we had to do a double take when we saw these buildings, which are practically built like hobbit houses (in the ground, partially).

View of the Rio Grande Gorge from the bridge!
View of the Rio Grande Gorge from the bridge!

Next, we visited the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (pictured above) and took another sister selfie!

Sister selfie!
Sister Nikon selfie!

After heading back from lunch in Taos (authentic Mexican, yum!), we came across a BLM sign for “Taos Plateau” and decided to off-road over 30 miles back to the Colorado border.

Taos Plateau sign - off-roading it is!
Taos Plateau sign – off-roading it is!
Off-roading to Colorado!
Off-roading to Colorado!

After driving along the road for a few minutes, we found a road that lead to the gorge, where we were able to sit on the edge and look down without a bridge in the way!

Charlotte taking an iPhone panorama of the gorge.
Charlotte taking an iPhone panorama of the gorge.
Woohoo!
Woohoo!

We saw some rafters in the Rio Grande below…

rafters

…and we met some cow friends on the way!

cow

Thanks for visiting New Mexico with us.

My Jeep on BLM lands near the gorge.
My Jeep on BLM lands near the gorge.

*All photos are my own

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