Travel File: Summering in New Mexico

Arroyo Seco

We recently headed up to the glorious New Mexico mountains with our friends and their 6 kids in tow.  Using the VRBO website, we were able to find a house to rent that would accommodate all 12 of us and give us a lovely time away from our desert home.

The trip getting there was just as pretty as our destination…

NM countryside

cimmaron view

Arroyo Seco is a little village located just 10 minutes North of Taos.  We have stayed in Taos a few times, but this is the first time we landed in Arroyo Seco.  The entire area is beautiful, and if you have never been, then I HIGHLY suggest it!

NM Map

The house was located along Rim Road, with a beautiful view of the valley below:

Valley

down in the valley

Down in the valley.

valley_sunset

I found much joy in the surrounding landscape…

sunset walk 2

sunset walk

house in the valley

rock wall

fence at sunset

Adobe_wall

gatesTaos has lots of great restaurants (as to be expected), but more importantly, a toy store that was our downtown destination! (“Twirl”, just off the square)

Twirl Toystore

I went shopping at a tiny store in the Arroyo Seco village called “Francesca’s”, where I picked up a pair of reversible wrap pants (Stay tuned for a post on how to make your own!)  THE Francesca herself was there to help make the shopping experience that much better!

francescas

Rose

We hung out creek side one afternoon…

river_upstream

canoeing

Noah and I rowing our “canoe.”

back porch reading

View of the orchard from our back porch.

Nature_Taos

leaves and sun

One night we had a cool light show using a twirly thingy with an LED light from the toy store:

light show

On our way home, Matt and I stopped for a quick little hike just south of Angel Fire…

Elliot Barker Trail

…and met this little fella along the way!

cow friend

Taos NM Poem

 

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