Compression and Expansion
5 / 5 Excellent
This whole stay on this property, and in this part of New Mexico, reminded me of a visiting Taliesin West - Frank Lloyd Wright's famous school in Scottsdale. In that tour we learned about the use of compression and expansion in his architecture and many of the same themes are present in this custom-build property and on the land.
The home is situated on the Mesa facing, and technically withing walking distance, of the Rio Grande Gorge which gives feelings reminscent of The Grand Canyon and somewhat of Sedona.
But this property is also situated with a variety of 1.5 hour drives that rival Yosemite. In some ways are better than Yosemite. The drive to Bandelier which goes through the river gorge, then through native lands, and then limestone buttes is one of the most breathtaking drives of my lifetime...and that is not even entering into a park or a super difficult mountain pass.
We also drove to Red River for a concert and the Enchanted Circle continued to blow us away with one great vista after another on relatively empty roads and no park fees...it is just part of being there.
The beauty, grandeur, and majesty of this scenery is so accessible here. Way more than Colorado by the way. We landed in Denver and took a variety of scenic routes that paled in comparison.
The morning balloon lift off can be seen on nice days on the opposing side of the gorge adding a unique charm.
Natural hot springs are accessible but, due to my husband's mobility issues, we stuck to the hot tub which we used daily.
In the summer you can ride the Taos Valley Ski lift up to the top and mountain bike down or hike down or, like we did this time, just ride it for fun and then have a Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese and some Spaetzle or brats at the base. There is a cute bohemian town called Arroyo Seco to drive through as well.
I do not recommend even attempting to do this area without a four-wheel drive. I have never been in a U.S. place with so few paved roads. However, if you stick on their property, and in Taos proper, you will be fine without one but...why? I am pretty much sold on a 4x4 now.
There is a sense of vast emptiness here - expansion. And then there is the tight hug of the mountain drives - compression.
Yet, for this suburbanite, there is a quiet that is almost uncomfortable. I found myself running the fans just for some sound to dispel the emptiness.
I do recommend this space and place for something very different in the United States.
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