we spent our last morning in santa fe at the farmer's market which was pretty fabulous. we had breakfast and bought fresh food for the next part of our road trip.
we were sad to say adios to santa fe! we will definitely be back.
we headed north and into the mountains. the high road to taos takes a bit longer, but winds through little towns and art communities.
one of our favorite stops was in chimayo, where we visited a really beautiful santuario.
and soon, we arrived in the ancient pueblo of taos. it was so beautiful, and everything everyone had told us it would be.
we started off in a tour and then broke off to explore around on our own.
it was cloudy and a bit rainy which we were happy about - the colors of the pueblo weren't harsh and there was maybe a handful of other visitors there with us.
this photo luke took made me laugh. :)
it was pretty picturesque.
this small window reminded me of one of georgia o'keefe's paintings. do you know the one? i tried to google it but couldn't find it.
eventually it started raining and we hid next to an adobe wall for shelter until a nearby pueblo man invited us in his shop. it was completely whitewashed inside and had a fire going and we loved learning about him. and actually speaking to someone instead of just looking around.
we stopped at the cemetery on our way out (also really breathtaking) and then headed north into colorado. the drive was gorgeous! mountains are so beautiful.
we had planned on going straight to durango originally but because of a soccer conference hotels were crazy expensive the first night we'd planned on arriving. i did a little research and surprised luke by booking a cabin in pagosa springs, colorado. we'd never stayed in a cabin before (but always talked about it) and right until the moment we pulled up to the door of it he had been expecting a motel. he was happy. and we were all happy, because this place the internets had told me about turned out to be way more amazing than we'd expected.
it may have been the fact that our trip had been so busy up until this evening and we could finally relax and rest or maybe it was because the place was completely empty except one other family with 2 little ones, but this night was our favorite of the entire trip. there was a pond with a boat and there was a swing and there was a playground and so much grass and a towering mountain and wood for our fireplace and 3 hot tubs out our door just for us.
(and a sweet little wooden-everything kitchen). the entire time we were at the cabin we couldn't stop talking about how much we LOVED THE CABIN. there was another something fabulous in pagosa that happened the next day, but i will save that for tomorrow.