Welcome to New MexicoNEW MEXICO, STAFF — By Milli Thornton on March 10, 2013 at 09:20
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Milli Thornton & Steve Nazelrod.
IN A PERFECT WORLD, and for continuity’s sake, this post would have come less than a week after my Goodbye, Ohio story, consecutively showing the place we left behind (Youngstown, Ohio) and the old, familiar place we’ve just moved back to (Taos, New Mexico).
However, accommodation challenges have meant that, two weeks after driving into NM with our chock-full Penske truck, we still haven’t moved into our new place. We’ve done the motel thing (meh) and now we’re staying with a friend until our rental house is dewinterized.
I finally got organized and took some photos for you here in Taos. But first . . . do you like the feature photo of me on the border of Colorado and New Mexico doing the Vanna White hand flutters under the “Welcome to New Mexico” sign? I had fantasized about capturing that exact scene and our friend Steve (who valiantly drove the moving van for us) complied beautifully.
During the same roadside stop, Steve took this picture of an Official Scenic Historical Marker covered in graffiti. Very New Mexico.
Here’s an iconic scene: an adobe house on the hill above town. In Taos, you have the choice between living in an adobe or a trailer. (It’s a little more complex than that, but locals would laugh and nod knowingly.)
Future posts will feature the many moods of Taos Mountain, as well as addressing the question of whether the mountain can spit you out (yep, you read that right). But for now let’s focus in the opposite direction: towards Picuris Mountain seen at the south end of town.
My husband Brian has made many journeys up Picuris to apply his engineering skills to the solar panels and transmitting equipment for solar radio station KTAOS.
You can’t talk about Taos without mentioning the restaurants and the cuisine. We’ve been revisiting old haunts (and mourning the loss of certain restaurants) and today we had a late breakfast at Michael’s Kitchen, which hit a spot that can only be fulfilled at Michael’s. Comfort food, great roasted green or red chile for your burrito or omelette and the same staff that have been there for years.
Just to add some extra color to this somewhat snowy post, here’s a pic I took during a visit to Taos last summer. Brian and I had lunch with friends at Orlando’s, a restaurant in El Prado (suburb of Taos) that specializes in Northern New Mexico cuisine. I had my favorite, Los Colores: “Three rolled blue corn enchiladas, one chicken with green chile, one beef with red chile, and one cheese with chile caribe. Served with beans and posole.”
When I lived here before (1998-2004 and again for six months in 2005) I did not have a travel blog. Now that I’m back, I’ll be making up for lost time by doing lots of Taos and New Mexico posts. Since everyone always wants to hear about NM (and are often surprised to have some of their personal myths overturned), I don’t think my readers will be too disgusted with me for indulging my NM whims. ;~)
Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing . . . putting the fun back into writing!. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course and Unleash Your Writing!, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at Screenwriting in the Boonies, hosts 10K Day for Writers and coaches writers at Writer’s Muse.