Anna (The Old Adobe Church, the Wolf and Survival) and Julie (Transitions and New Beginnings in Truchas, NM) and I decided to get out of town for the day, so we headed down the mountain to Taos, just one hour away.
Mainly, I needed to drop something off at UPS—an old reel to reel demo tape from when I used to sing. I found a company in Maine, of all places, that can convert the old format to a CD. I haven’t heard it for decades, so I’m looking forward to getting it back (4 to 6 weeks turn around time). When I do, you know I’ll be sharing it on the blog.
Anyway, whenever we get off the mountain we seem to make it a mini-vacation and this day was no exception. We had lunch at The Trading Post Cafe, just up the hill from the famous Saint Francis de Assisi Church, which was painted numerous times by Georgia O’Keeffe and photographed by Ansel Adams, to name just a bit of its art history. The restaurant itself is housed in an historic Trading Post building. The food was great and set the tone for a fun day in Taos.
After lunch we headed over to Taos Blue Gallery to deliver some of Bill Loyd’s wonderful bells (The Farmer’s Mantra).
And then we were free to wander. We started at the John Dunn House Shops, situated along a peaceful pedestrian walkway joining the historic Taos Plaza and Bent Street.
First we checked out the lovely fabric store, Common Thread, Uncommon Fabrics. They carry beautiful textiles: Tribal, hand-woven, antique and new.
Then on to The Yarn Shop which offers many yarns and fibers made from local New Mexican alpaca and sheep ranches, professionally spun by local spinners. Some gorgeous stuff!
And no visit to the John Dunn Shops would be complete without stopping at Steppin’ Out, a wonderful shoe and boot store for both men and women. Along with many accessories, including sumptuous hand bags, scarves and jewelry, they have recently added a large selection of women’s clothing.
We left Bent Street and headed over to the historic Taos Plaza. We were on a mission to see the UpCycled Fashion Shop at the north end of the plaza (UpCycled Fashion: Cutting Edge Clothing With a Conscience).
We heard some great bluegrass on the way and had fun looking at the one-of-a-kind fashions designed and made by our Penasco friends.
And, finally, we stopped at Pieces Consignment Store on our way out of town, to both drop off some items and do a little shopping. They have lots of good stuff that perfectly fits our artist budgets.
And then we were back on the High Road, headed up the mountain, back home to Truchas, with promises of another trip to Taos soon.
Love to you all,