October 10, 2019
And we’re back on the blog for part two of the trip! Last week in our first post, we covered our adventures in Colorado. This week I’ll be sharing photos from our road trip down into New Mexico!
After leaving the cabin, we took a six hour drive down to Santa Fe — hitting a few little spots here and there in between. Namely, we visited South Park. Obligatory photo op. For my Summer of ’69 series that I’ve been doing on Instagram, Joey and our friend Orion dressed up as Hunter S. Thompson and the Doctor from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. We, of course, weren’t in Vegas but the New Mexico desert was close enough. We stopped in the middle of a huge stretch of road near the “Welcome to New Mexico” sign for me to get my shot. We stayed at the Casa Bonita Airbnb while in Santa Fe, a nice little condo with a hot tub — which was awesome because the desert gets surprisingly cold at night!
We visited the famous Meow Wolf, which absolutely blew my mind. If you’ve never heard of Meow Wolf, it is a giant art exhibit with over seventy rooms all with trippy themes and interactive stories. After a few days of exploring Santa Fe, we left for Taos. One of my favorite things of the whole trip happened on this drive.. a tipi in a lone field with nothing else around it. The scene was so inspiring that Joey’s sister pulled over so I could catch a photo of it. Along with the tipi, we passed a few communes. I was glued to the window the whole time we drove into Taos, finally arriving at the Rio Grande Gorge. Even with my intense fear of heights, I made it halfway across the bridge overlooking the gorge. When I felt the bridge wobble was when I hauled ass back to land. Haha! So most of the gorge pictures below are to Joey’s credit, including the cool one of the people rafting below. We had eaten plenty of New Mexican food since we had been out west so in Taos we opted for something a little different. We went to a little Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant called El Gamal and I had some of the best Dolmas in my life there. In Taos, NM. Who knew? While in Taos, we also visited the Taos Pueblo Reservation. With 2,000 year old history, this was an obvious favorite stop on the trip for Joey and I. While at the Pueblo I bought some amazing souvenirs made by the people who live there — including some bone earrings, turquoise ring and a clay pipe. It was a really amazing experience there and I feel very privileged to have been able to visit.
After Taos, we headed back towards Colorado. The idea was to go out to Great Sand Dune National Park and take some portraits and then astrophotography, which a group of us did. I was completely useless the whole time and just laid on the ground staring up at the Milky Way. Haha! Of all the places I chose to be the most present, I chose the sand dunes. I had never seen anything like it. After staying in an Airbnb out near the sand dunes, we headed back through Colorado Springs and hit Garden of the Gods on our way back to Denver for the last night.
So yeah, a bit of a whirlwind trip! We got to see so much driving around and I got to experiment with some new landscapes with my newest travel lens. All in all, a very successful trip out west. Many of these photos are also available in the print shop as well.