Day 4: Cimarron State Park to Abiquiu Lake, NM 7.22.21

Dear Isaac and Maia,

The day started with packing up the tent, again, of course. In the process of this, the neighbor from the next campsite offered me coffee. She was in her jammies. I thanked her but declined since I don’t drink the stuff. Later someone who I think was her husband said I should stay longer (I was loading the tent). We took a short hike around the fishing lake and were on the way.

Dog walk before leaving Cimarron State Park

We started the day with the other side (south side) of the Enchanted Circle. This was more of the beautiful mountain scenery similar to yesterday. There was another mountain pass and then the elevation dropped off some. I was excited to get lunch in Taos because I had been surviving on granola bars, trail mix, chips, and soup since we left. Plus – I had never been to Taos (unless it was when I was in grade school).

Palo Flechado Pass on the Enchanted Circle
The Road to Taos from Cimarron State Park – South Enchanted Circle

I was only going to spend an hour in Taos, but it took that long just to find a dog-friendly porch. We parked a few blocks from Taos Plaza and walked to through the historic district. I was taken by how much it reminded me of Santa Barbara, where I went to high school. The dogs liked the grass in the Plaza and I got directions to the mission church and a dog friendly porch. We did the church first – then back down the main Plaza area to the restaurant. Well, Moki went a little nuts with so many people coming in and out of stores. He was darting every which way on the end of the leash. We finally got to the eatery and had tacos. Real food tasted great!

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church

Then it was off on an adventure to visit a couple of towns that I have daylilies named after. I had a little issue finding the High Road to (or from) Taos because Garmin and Google wanted to take the low road. The road, as the name sounds, is a mountian route. It was a two-lane winding road – but not like Hwy 191 in Arizona. It was pleasantly winding.

Church of Santo Tomas Del Rio de Las Trampas

There was a mission church ⛪ in one of the first little mountain towns. I stopped and got a roadside photo. I just couldn’t judge time to our campground and didn’t want to get there too late, especially with the dark sky. There were lots of tiny towns around on that road, and the next one we came to is Truchas – I have a daylily named Truchas Sunrise. It was small and not much stood out to me, but I got some photos.

Truchas, New Mexico
High Road to Taos

We continued down the road and came to Chimayo about half an hour later. I had read about the mission church here and decided to stop for photos. This is another daylily namesake town (the hybridizer was from New Mexico). The daylily is Moon over Chimayo. I wanted some unique photos – and the stop was well worth it. It enjoyed the stop.

Santuario de Chimayo
Santuario de Chimayo

Then, we headed for the highway to the west out of Espanola. My Garmin didn’t have the campgrounds listed. My phone couldn’t find a connection so I had to use my real map. LOL. We got a signal back and it was only about an hour more to the campground. We rapidly left the Rocky Mountain area to the plains and back up on the Colorado Plateau. At Lake Abiquiu, we had to go through a station to check in with Bill. It was a gated campground – we could get out anytime but people can’t get in after hours. Bill also asked me about alcohol and drugs because they were prohibited. By the time we got to the campsite, there was a lot of monsoon activity – thunder, lightening almost non-stop – but the rain never came. It did motivate me to get the tent up fast. No walk tonight because of the storm. I enjoyed my book on the Galveston hurricane and we went to sleep early. PS – I finally got into taking photos today!

Lake Abiquiu, NM

Love, GMH

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