The sun was shining bright when we left Taos. We had to make a choice of taking the eastern route north on the Interstate highway, or taking the western route north through some of the mountains. We much prefer to stay off the Interstate, so I checked the weather forecast for the mountain route and it looked good.
Here's the route we took. 309 miles (495 kms) from Taos to Denver.
So glad we made that choice! It was a beautiful drive, and we'll show you the pictures to prove it!
Leaving Taos, it was a nice sunny day!
Just outside of Taos, New Mexico are the "earthship" homes. These homes are made from recycled material and are designed to be self sustaining with solar electricity and water, food, and contained sewage treatment. You can read more about it here... http://earthship.com/
Did I mention it was a beautiful drive?
Crossing the border.
The first part of the drive was quite flat, but with mountains on either side.
Can't figure why anybody would take the Interstate over this!
Into the mountains! What a fun road to drive!
Typical Colorado ranch and mountains.
The little blue car enjoying the scenery.
We did encounter some snow squalls on a couple of mountain passes. At one point, we were just over 10,000 ft (3,048 m)!
And at 3:45pm, we got our first view of Denver!
We had some facebook communication with Kent and Lynn, a couple who have followed our blog for a few years. They made their first trip to Mexico this past winter with their motorhome and spent two months traveling all the way down to the the border of Belize! They wanted to thank us, because it was from reading our blog that gave them the confidence that anybody could do this journey. How did they thank us? By offering us a place to stay in Denver!
Unfortunately, Lynn's father passed away a couple of days ago, so she's in Texas spending some time with her mom. But Kent still wanted to meet with us, and we had a great evening together talking about RV'ing in Mexico.
Kent made a delicious roast chicken for dinner! Holy cow, I don't know what I'm so wide eyed about!
Makes sense to me.
Today, we're off to explore Denver!