(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).
I have really very little to write about Santa Fe and Taos. Both deserve their reputations of being artsy. I found Santa Fe boring because all of the buildings, due to building codes, look the same.
We enjoyed walking around the town square, strolled the display of Indian jewelry several times, saw an interesting display at the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and had a fascinating docent leading our tour at the history museum. We had a beautiful sunset, made all the more beautiful by the smoke in the air from the Arizona forest fires.
Originally, we had planned on spending about 4 or 5 nights in the Taos/Red River area. This is supposed to be a great area for trout fishing but with the lack of rain, fishing was off the agenda. We spent one night in each of Taos and Red River. We made a decision not to visit the Taos Pueblo. I know. Several people said it was not to be missed but after reading about it we chose to skip it.
Instead we did a leisurely drive from Taos to Red River on part of the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. Red River is a small town located in the Red River canyon. Geared towards fishing, it was a disappointment not to be able to take advantage of the area. However the scenery was beautiful and it was an enjoyable ride.