2013 2 4 T H - 2 7 T H JANUARY MORE SKIING ABOVE IS THE SUNSET LEFT IS SUNRISE THE NEXT DAY WE HEADED TO SIPAPU SKI AREA WE MISSED RUFUS... THERE IS A VERY BASIC HILL WITH REALLY GOOD BURGERS! WAS A RUN CALL ROOFUS
SKIING THE BLUES!SIPAPU1. VERY AFFORDABLE2. GREAT FOR FAMILIES THE KIDS FUN TO WATCH3. QUAINT4. GOOD SNOW5. MAC AND GARY AND LINDA TOAST TO GOOD FRIENDS6. WE MET ALAN AND AMANDA FROM THE AREA 7. MAC HELPS KID GET BACK TO HIS LESSON
THE LAST DAY IN TAOS LINDATOURED THE TAOS PUEBLO OF THERED WILLOW PEOPLE. THE PUEBLOBUILDING TO THE RIGHT IS OVER1000 YEARS OLD.JESSE WINTER THE TOUR GUIDE ISIN HIS 20’S AND VOLUNTEERS TO DOTHE TOURS.THIS IS THE OLDESTCONTINUOUSCOMMUNITY IN THENORTH AMERICA
THE SAN GERONIMO CHURCH BUILT IN 1850, IS THE YOUNGEST BUILDING THE REDOF THE PUEBLO. IT IS THE HOME OF THE “SANTO VIRGIN MARY”. WILLOW PEOPLE Are named such because of the Red Willow Plant that grows on either side of the Red Willow Creek that provides water for the pueblo. Everything is kept as it was a thousand years ago with the exception of propane. There is no running water, all water is hauled from the river in traditional pots. There is no electricity. The language andTHE SMALL DOME SHAPE traditions are all oral, nothing isIN FRONT OF THE HOUSE written. They practice IS A BAKING OVEN Catholicism as well as their CALLED A HORNO. THEY native traditions. They have BAKE BREAD, PASTRIES, great reverence for all faiths. AND LARGE PORTIONS OF GAME, AND VEGGIES FOR CELEBRATIONS. THE SANGRE DE CHRISTO MOUNTAINS BEHIND THE PUEBLO ARE SACRED GROUNDS AND HOUSE THE BLUE LAKE WHICH IS THE SOURCE OF WILLOW CREEK. THIS LAND WAS RETURNED TO THE RED WILLOW PEOPLE AFTER 64 YEARS OF COURT BATTLES. THEY FINALLY WON THEIR SACRED LAND BACK UNDER THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION ACT UNDER PRESIDENT NIXON.
THE ORIGINAL SAN GERONIMO CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 1619 BY SPANISH PRIESTS AND FORCED INDIAN LABOR. IT WAS DESTROYED IN 1690. IT WAS REBUILT IN 1706 AGAIN BY THE SPANISH AND NATIVES. IN 1847 THEREWAS ANOTHER NATIVE REVOLT. THIS ONE WASSUPPRESSED BUY THE US GOVERNMENT. MANY WOMANAND CHILDREN HID IN THIS CHURCH WHICH WASAGAIN DESTROYED ALL INSIDE DIED. IT THEN BECAMEA GRAVE YARD.
THE RIO GRANDEABOVE THE RED WILLOWSWE ARE LEAVING TAOSGOING BACK TO SANTA FETO DROP OFF MAC