Sunday, January 10, 2016

Taos: December 28

After spending the entire day skiing on the 27th, we were back up at Taos Ski Valley at the crack of dawn the next day for another day in the snow.  Jonathan had booked us on a tour of Taos Ski Valley on snowmobiles.  Jack rode with me and Ella rode with Jonathan—it was a first for both of us driving a snowmobile.  They slide all over the place so it’s really a lot harder than it looks!  We spent two hours on mountain trails, some right along the steep slope of the mountainside, winding our way up to 12,000 feet above sea level and then making our way down again.  The landscape was an untouched, sparkling winter wonderland.  We had beautiful perfect weather that day allowing for gorgeous views of the southern Rockies.  Such a fun adventure!

Since the weather was so beautiful that day we decided to take another shot at seeing the Rio Grande Gorge.  The sunny, windless day provided some stunning views of mountain ranges in every direction.  Pictures do not give a real feel for how high it feels to be on that bridge above the 650-foot drop to the Rio Grande.  I can’t tell you how happy I was when we all stepped off of the bridge.  Awe-inspiring and frightening at the same time.  Beers, root beer, and lunch at Taos Mesa Brewing really hit the spot after.  One of the owners spent quite a bit of time talking to us on both of our visits to the brewery—I’d love to go back to the brewery in the summer sometime.  There were some pretty spectacular views from the brewery, which is in an old airplane hangar, and they had several earthship-style stages outside for summer concerts.  Hopefully one day we’ll be back to Taos to check out the mountain trails on mountain bikes instead of snowmobiles!  I hear it’s in the 70s all summer… 

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