The High Road to Taos

In October my husband and I drove to Taos. You might remember that we have been to Taos quite a few times before in the summer. I was exited to see it in the fall with the leaves changing. Also, usually we drive up using the Low Road to Taos, which goes alongside the Rio Grande river. This time we decided to take the High Road. It is one of New Mexico’s scenic byways. It takes a lot longer and it is quite windy. Since in the past we have always come up with the kids who are prone to car sickness, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it. It was our anniversary and we left the kids at home.

In Pojaque we took the 503 heading north (it is easy to miss this right turn, if you are heading towards Espanola you have missed it). Nambe was our first stop. My main goal was to take pictures of the Catholic Churches (which is kind of an obsession of mine, I love their architecture) and the views along the way.

Here are  pictures of the Sacred Heart Church in Nambe. This is not the prettiest of all the churches, keep going, it will get better…

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Sacred heart Church in Nambe, NM


The church is not original, it had to be rebuilt after a botched renovation. There is a pueblo nearby, which we did not drive to. We saw the church and then went on our way to Chimayo.

Chimayo is the highlight of the Road to Taos. Nestled in a beautifully green valley it is a town you want to linger in. There is a well known restaurant Rancho de Chimayo. There are also quaint weaving shops, below is Ortegas. Ortegas Weaving shop Chimayo, NMOrtegas Weaving Shop in Chimayo, NM

Right next to the weaving shop was a little museum with a cute little orchard.IMG_1443

The church Santurio de Chimayo, built between 1811 and 1816, is a pilgrimage site for thousands of visitors each year, especially on Good Friday. They were installing Christmas lights while were there. So cute!Catholic Church Santurio de Chimayo in NM

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The church is tiny, really, but so quaint and cute. I can see why it is so popular. There are a lot of touristy shops around it, but this Trading Post caught my eye.

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Between Chimayo and Cordova the views become quite breathtaking.

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We kept driving and did not stop until Las Trampas, which also has a cute little church San Jose de Garcia, completed in 1776.

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My ever so patient husband rolled with it, stopping every couple of miles so I could take pictures. He is a keeper! We realized this trip that we both really like road trips. He likes driving and I like to take pictures. We promised ourselves we would do it more often.


After Trampas we headed towards Chamisal, which was quite enchanting with its golden colors. With my telescopic lense I took these pictures, which turned out to be my favorite.


We kept going to Sipapu, but there was only the ski resort there, nothing too spectacular.

The plan was to end this post with pictures from the famous church San Francisco de Asis in Taos. However we got to hungry, had lunch in Taos, and then forgot to go back to it. 😦

I came back the next summer, so these pictures have a different light to them.

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That night we ate at a restaurant that also happens to be an old adobe church:

The Love Apple: Seasonal, fresh harvested, delicious, and so romantic!

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I hope you enjoyed coming along on this trip. Another reason to make New Mexico your destination.

Have a lovely day,


All pictures taken by Sofija Burton except for the one in Trampas. David Burton took the one that has me in it.



The High Road to Taos



How was your weekend? Is it getting colder where you live or is it still in the 80’s like in New Mexico? I don’t know why, but every fall I feel like I should be riding my bike. Maybe it is because I rode my bike to school growing up. In my mind bikes, blankets, and hot coffee all go perfectly together. Here are some of my favorite bike pins.

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And here is what it would look like if I took my whole crew out for a spin. Impressive, right?7422629250_e0555db997You can find all my bike pins here.

Have a great day,



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One Photo 6 Different Ways


Do you like playing around with photo editors and filters? The photo above featuring me, the husband, and our youngest  is pretty close to its original. I imagine Emily, who took and edited the picture, doctored it up a bit. She might have enhanced some colors like the reds and the browns. She is also really good at adding textures, which I know nothing about. While she uses a professional editor there are also cheap and easy ways to edit your pictures. Below are six different versions of the same picture.

First is the picture in sepia tones.


Next is one of my favorites, good old black and white. i-nWrNHJL-LTo get the dreamy look I added brightness to the photo using the online and free PicMonkey photo editor. i-Vj42pBG-L

Next i softened the photo and added a black border also using PicMonkey.


For a vintage look I applied a filter called 1974 using the Camera Bag photo editor.


Lastly I added multiple filters again using Camera Bag. Here I combined the filters Helga, 1974, and Instant.


Which version is your favorite? Do you have a go to photo editor?

Have a great day taking pictures!


P.S. Who noticed that I actually used two different pictures?


One Photo 6 Different Ways

Rain in the Desert



How is your summer going? It has been hot here for a while. Looking at the pictures above is actually quite refreshing. We live in the high desert. Rain is a big deal around here. When it rains all the kids run out as fast as they can to soak it up before it is gone. Here are my 8 year old son Shane (bottom picture) and his friends enjoying themselves. My friend Emily took the pictures. She is so good at capturing children naturally, don’t you think? I like how Shane’s head pops up in the first picture. You can barely see it. Or how about Eirik’s head (in the middle) turned upside down?!

Wishing you a restful end of the week,


Pictures curtesy of Lonely Mountain Photography

Rain in the Desert