Today we drove from Gallup to Taos, a trip that Mapquest said should take 4.5 hours (if you are driving a corvette). We however were driving a Ford 250 with a 4 slide Montana attached, so the drive took us 7 hours. And since we made this trip 30 years ago, someone added more mountains than we remember between Santa Fe and Taos. But now we are here in the Taos Valley RV Park http://www.taosrv.com/ and it is a charm. Expensive yes, but what in Taos is not expensive? The photo of our rig against the clear blue sky is not enhanced in any way. Yes the sky is very blue and clear with puffy white clouds just asking for a Georgia O'Keefe to put them on canvas. The air is fragrant with lilacs which are planted among the sage. The rv sites have been placed within the natural vegetation instead of clearing the area and covering it in gravel. What a concept. So after a short nap, we headed into the town to eat. We decided to eat at Lamberts which is a fine dining establishment and we wanted to celebrate our return to Taos and Allan's upcoming 66th. Allan started with a corn chowder, followed by a filet and grilled asparagus, ending with a bread pudding (you are right, the bread pudding is not on his diet). I was very good however, starting with a romaine salad in fresh raspberry puree dressing (yum, yum, yum) sprinkled with dried apricots and almonds, followed by a chicken rolled in pistachios and stuffed with spinach, accompanied by grilled mixed baby vegies, and completing the meal with creme brule. We haven't eaten like this since I do not remember when (probably when we were employed?). We are looking forward to exploring Taos and the surrounding areas in the week to come.