John and I recently discussed how our interpretation of “home” has changed since we started full-timing. Now it seems that we use the term “home” for wherever we happen to be. We were even calling the condo in Taos “home”!
But, it was time to head back, so we packed up and hit the road. We decided to take a different route back and – boy! – did we!! Sure glad we were in the car and not the motorhome. We chose the “High Road to Taos Scenic Byway” on Hwys. 518, 75, and 76. Gorgeous views in the Carson National Forest.
The village of Truchas had beautiful views from its perch on the mountainside at just over 8,000’ elevation. This is coming into Truchas from the north.
And, this is the view from the other side of Truchas.
Then we took a side road back to Hwy. 285 on Hwy. 503. Hwy. 503 was by far the most interesting – it narrowed down to essentially a one-lane road through a couple of villages and could hardly be termed a highway!!
This was the wide part!
Oops – narrow again!
But, it was beautiful and we really enjoyed it. By the time we got back to Santa Fe we were hungry so we finally gave in and ate at a chain fast-food restaurant. Too bad we forgot about the little town of Madrid on the way home, though, ‘cause it would have been more fun to eat there. We did stop there, however, for a few quick tours through some funky little shops and a few minutes sitting in the sun on a bench.
Back home we got everything unpacked and put away and settled in. Tomorrow we head north to the Cortez, CO area. More fun places to explore!