This morning we returned to my (Bonnie’s) uncle’s place to get the full tour of his property. He has a large lot (30-40 acres) just west of Pagosa Springs. In addition to the house, there is a garage, a barn, a blacksmith shed, and a shed for the fifth-wheel. The house looks out over a good size canyon, with mountain views in the distance.
The property (and the entire subdivision) is absolutely beautiful. There are amazing mountain views around every corner. The lots are huge, and most houses are back off the road, so each house has its privacy.
My dad also owns a lot in the same subdivision. Right now it is blanketed in snow, so we weren’t able to really explore it much, but it is obvious that is just as amazing and would be a great place to build.
After exploring and visiting, we grabbed some lunch and officially started the drive home. We decided to take the back roads through northern New Mexico. We drove through some very remote places today. Most were very scenic.
Our drive took us through Taos, NM, which did not really meet our expectations (not that we had much). The building code requires adobe buildings, which are interesting, but when EVERYTHING looks exactly the same it gets old.
The area just west was very weird and a little scary. Lots of dugout houses (built into the earth). Further west we passed through an area that had a lot of RVs used as permanent homes. They were just out in the middle of nowhere, most looked like they belonged in a junkyard, but it was obvious that they were actually inhabited.
Since we got a late start, we ended up driving after dark. That part was the not-as-pretty part (northeastern NM and northwestern TX)…we’ve been through this part before, so we weren’t too upset to miss the “scenery.”
We will enjoy the Hampton Inn tonight; the last two nights in the Econo Lodge were a good reminder of why we like Hilton properties. Tomorrow, we will continue our drive east.