"Our Land of Enchantment" New Mexico by toonsarah
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What delighted us most was the variety. In two and a half weeks we saw natural wonders and man-made.
We followed trails worn down over the centuries by the moccasin-clad feet of early inhabitants, and sat in the cramped confines of a Mercury capsule (used in the first US spaceflight missions).
We marvelled at the legends of those early Native Americans, and at the tales of aliens crashing near Roswell.
We stayed in an historic hotel where outlaws had shot and sometimes even killed each other; in a cosy adobe casita; and in a former brothel.
We saw ancient petroglyphs, Route 66 Americana, and exciting modern art in the contemporary galleries of Santa Fe.
We drove for miles, often seeing more cattle than cars, with skies, and landscapes, that seemed to go for ever. Some of our favourite drives were on several of the state’s Scenic Byways, described here in my “Things to Do” tips.
And as we travelled I came to think that there was more than one New Mexico. Consequently I have arranged my “Favourites” tips here not by place but by theme. Visit with me “Native New Mexico”, “Hispanic New Mexico”, “Wild West New Mexico”, “Space Age New Mexico” and “Natural New Mexico”.
Of course I have plenty to tell you about the individual places we visited too. In order, these were:
~ appealing Silver City
~ fascinating Gila Cliffs National Monument
~ sleepy Hillsboro
~ surprisingly historic Socorro
~ quirky Pie Town (the first Pie Town page on VT!)
~ dramatic El Malpais
~ captivating Acoma Pueblo
~ lively Albuquerque
~ arty Madrid
~ the ghost town of Los Cerrillos
~ even more arty, and artful, Santa Fe
~ an enjoyable encounter in Española
~ remote Tsankawi
~ spiritual Chimayó, isolated Truchas & stunning church at Las Trampas on the High Road to Taos
~ atmospheric Taos Pueblo and the very likeable town of Taos itself
~ the ghost town of Elizabethtown and the moving Vietnam Veterans' Memorial on the Enchanted Circle drive
~ Wild West Cimarron and volcanic Capulin in the north east of the state
~ very likeable Las Vegas
~ a Route 66 Museum in Santa Rosa
~ Billy-the-Kid-obsessed Fort Sumner, and
~ alien-obsessed Roswell
~ "war-torn" Lincoln
~ stunning White Sands National Monument and nearby Alamogordo
~ and our last stop, picturesque Mesilla
Please visit these pages in order if you want to follow our route - or dip in and out if you prefer ;-)
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