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Sunday, October 18, 2009


My favorite New Mexico mountains, the Truchas peaks, the second highest in the state, topping 13,000 feet, towering over Susan's favorite, the remote village of Truchas, which is over 8,000 feet on the high road to Taos, only paved in the last 40 years.

Artists are coming up here now, but it's still a rural, Catholic community witha Penitente morada and campo santo (graveyard), lots of wood burning stoves heating adobe homes.

It is so remote that some of the viejos (old ones), still can speak Castillian Spanish spoken by the Conquistadores who explored and settled in the 1540s.

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