Whether you are just passing through or looking to experience Southwestern Culture at its finest, the town of Taos is sure to surprise you. When my family and I took our first lap through Taos, we were amazed at the vibrant display of unique culture that comes in stucco formations and flat desert landscaping. Don't let the desert scene fool you, because this low-population town is surrounded by mountains for giants with tons of hidden gems!
Take a Gander off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
The views from the bridge make you feel like you are on another planet. If you stay long enough and watch closely, you can spot this interesting herd of Bighorn Sheep dwell above steep cliff drop-offs that lead into the river below. I kept catching myself dreaming of paddling down the Rio Grande.
Grab a Brew from the Mothership.
On your way to town from the gorge, stop by Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership for great beer, art, and just a really badass atmosphere. I opted for the Black Widow Porter which hit the spot- not too heavy but still a light coffee aroma. The stage outside had me yearning to drop by for some live bluegrass, and I couldn't stop looking up at the local art inside the craft room. The mothership is family-friendly, dog-friendly, and just friendly all around.
Play. Create. Explore.
Twirl is seriously the coolest toy shop in the country. Regardless of your age, this place will have you on your hands and knees playing with toys from your childhood past. And we can all learn from the message: Play, Create, and Explore. Isn't that really what life is all about? Dig this place, and the cherry on top- it's a nonprofit. We love Twirl.
The Quaintest Book Shop.
Plan Your Next Ski Trip at the Bavarian Lodge.
Take a half hour drive through steep canyon walls up to Taos Ski Valley to Après Ski, unless you have more than a day then grab a darned lift ticket and get on the mountain! Snag a couple happy hour pints at the Bavarian Lodge and plan your routes on the Taos Winter Trail Map (Which is both beer and tear-proof). There are plenty of ski chairs around the base area to pop-a-squat and recoup while you reflect on your big day exploring all Taos has to offer.
All in a day's journey, you will find yourself pondering on how one small town could hold so many unraveled mysteries. If you seek to know more about Northern New Mexico, consider checking out Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, and Red River. You will never run out of new trails, good beer, and unique culture to explore around the Enchanted Circle!
I have reached that stage of life where every birthday reminds me of one single episode of Friends that will stay with me until the end of times, or 30:
I was talking with a friend the other night about life. We talked about how we first met and how life sends you mixed signals in the choices of paths and directions we take. One single choice could have changed everything and who knows where we would be right now. Ya know, the Butterfly Effect. I started dwelling on the past but in a good way. I think it's productive to look at where we've been to better understand who we are and where we have ended up, and also to avoid making the same mistakes.
While talking to this friend, I got a wicked urge to hunt down my old high school journal. I had remembered making a bucket list of sorts and wondered what I had and hadn't accomplished as I beam the horizon 2 years away from the deadline on my 28th birthday.
My Teenage Bucket List:
Collin and I had an opportunity to MC the shovel races, and it was an absolute blast. We made new friends with the hosts of Santa Fe Brewery from Albuquerque and spent the day in overalls announcing some of the world's fastest shovel plungers.
SHOVEL RACES 2019
With shovels flying down the hill breaking speeds of 60 mph, Collin took a break to enjoy a nice club sandwich.
AFR is a family-friendly resort, and we dig it.
Daddy helped strap her into Burton bindings on her Riglet board. Olin's mimi in Michigan scored a 90s snowsuit at a thrift store, and it was the perfect opportunity to put it to use. We used regular snow boots this run since her feet are growing so fast. Next season, we'll opt in for the Toddler Mini-Grom boots as she takes more runs down the mountain.
This little lady impresses us more every day with how much she is learning and growing. She has been asking to ride her bike more and knows how to put her helmet on by herself. Not a lot can top a powder with free refills, but Collin said it best the last time we rode Angel Fire on our parent's date out "The only thing that could top this day is when Olin will be out here shredding with us."
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Red River Brewing Company
We hopped from door to door, checking out the local shops in Red River. Olin's eyes glazed over looking at all the colorful souvenirs. After burning off a bit of breakfast, we sampled some new brews at the local brewery, Red River Brewing Company. Collin went for the Cat Skinner IPA and I the Midnight Meadows Oatmeal Stout. Both were fresh and delicious. Olin had a refined Dihydrogen Monoxide on the rocks.
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