DSCF0135A hazy sunrise over Taos.

Finally found a large-scale farmer’s market! Another interestesting collection of people, as in ABQ, but with much more selection. We swapped $2.50 for a bunch of sweet onions and a yellow squash as big as my arm. Once through we went back to the honey farmers whom he chatted up about their years in college track – and settled on a jar of Mesquite honey. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend Simply Honey’s Mesquite and Tamerisk honey!

Walking over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – a steel structure finished in 1965 that wobbles when trucks go over, whose asphalt is buckling and sidewalks are cracking – one of us [two guesses who] was a bit concerned.

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Artisans even set up shop out of the back of their pickup trucks and trailers at the top of the gorge. The rainbow bus was selling more than just ice cream and coffee…

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We expected Taos to be snooty-ritzy like Upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Not the case at all! Much more a simple artist colony catering to a large tourist population: quaint cafés, bookstores, candy shops, places selling knick-knacks of all variety [such as the salsa and candle shop], with several galleries, jewelers and artisan craft stores tucked in between.

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Snacked on an overflowing handful of piñons [pine nuts] to sample from the generous farmer who took pity on me, because I didn’t have enough cash in my pocket to buy the smallest bag – $8/half pound!

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Ice cream from Bon Appetit-recommended Taos Cow in Arroyo Seco: raspberry chocolate chip shake and a dish of fresh peach. [I was looking forward to trying the recommended flavor, Piñon caramel. Others recommend the honey lavender and Café Olé. None of the three were on hand.]

Exactly what we needed to cool down and ease into another car trip, this time wending our way along the Enchanted Circle Scenic By-Way to Amarillo.

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