Six years ago I spent an entire summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico doing an internship with Hensel Phelps Construction Company.  I spent most of my weekends staying in Albuquerque with a few weekends camping in the Sandia and Jemez mountains.  I remember driving down I-25, through Colorado, and entering New Mexico for the first time, being welcomed by this…..

Upon driving a few hours towards Albuquerque, all I could think was, this really isn’t THAT enchanting.  Even after spending the summer in New Mexico I still wasn’t sold.

Here I am, six years later, much older and wiser, having a huge desire to go back to New Mexico, so for Sarah’s birthday six of us decided to head to Taos.  The drive was absolutely beautiful, I feel as though I say that wherever I drive, but I must say, it is difficult to find a bad drive anywhere in Colorado.

We rented a house right out side Taos, in El Prado.  The house was perfect in every way!

The view from the back patio!

We arrived late Friday evening and spent the night soaking in the hot tub starring at the stars!

Saturday morning we woke and decided to head to the Taos Ski Valley to hike to Williams Lake.

The hike was about 4.5-5 miles round trip with a beautiful lake at the top.

The crew on our hike, minus Sarah

Williams Lake

Sar and I at the Lake

After the hike, we were all starving, so we made our way to Eske’s Brew Pub in Taos to try some local green chile beer and green chile burgers.

Brew Pub!

That night we watched the sun set while in the hot tub, ordered pizza and enjoyed great company!

Sunset!

Sunday morning, Sarah and I decided to take a drive to Ojo Caliente, to visit a hot springs/spa.  The town of Ojo Caliente is about 2 blocks long, with a few stores and a big sign pointing to the towns main attraction.

Relaxation ahead!

We spent the afternoon soaking in seven different types of hot springs, sweated it out in the sauna, and softened our skin with a mud bath, twice!  It was amazing.  Sar and I are thinking of heading back to stay the night in September.  If you are ever near you should check it out.

After we were nice and relaxed we headed back to town to check out some of the shops of Taos.  On our way back we stopped at a rest area/organic market/whatever else one might need kinda store which was a trailer with old pick up trucks outside, and they had a confederate flag flying high.  Very interesting.

Rebels

We also passed over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which was amazing!!!

Beautiful

Once we walked around for a while we realized we were so exhausted that we weren’t really feeling the shopping, so we gathered some groceries for dinner and headed back to the house to do some cooking and most importantly, some eating.  We spent the evening grilling, drinking and saoking in the hot tub!  It was a perfect way to end an awesome weekend.

Monday morning came quickly, Sar and I rose at 5:30 am and headed back to Denver, but not without our second stop to Dunkin Donuts in Colorado Springs, which I should say is the only place to get Dunkin Donuts in Colorado.  It was a well deserved treat!

All in al another great trip with great friends!  I can’t wait to get back to Taos, now I clearly see why New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment.

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