Friday, July 24, 2015

Arroyo Seco

 July 21, 2015

As I drove home from Taos at the beginning of the month,
I realized that I had not visited Arroyo Seco during that trip.
So, I returned to Taos to hang out and visit a few more local places.

Arroyo Seco is a small village founded in 1806.
The businesses line about half a mile of the small road through town.

Arroyos are irrigation ditches that are used to water crops.
I don't know if the stream behind the main buildings on one side
is the arroyo, or a stream from the mountain.

We parked near the Arroyo Seco Mercantile,
which is in the middle of town and has a small parking lot.

The Arroyo Seco Mercantile has a garden on the side and
into the back of the building.

The garden has an old log cabin on the side wall of the mercantile.
The sign reads that it dates back to the 1860's and belongs to the family
 of Alferino Martinez. The Martinez family founded the town of Arroyo Seco.

Front of the Cabin

In 2010, this cabin's logs were numbered, and then reconstructed
at this location to remember and educate visitors about the size and type
of log cabins that the original residents lived in
in the nearby mountains.

Back of the Cabin

At this time, the garden full of growing plants and flowers
has overtaken the small cabin.

Undated View of the Cabin

August 2013

My Photo
July 21, 2015

Ella and  Amaya started their garden visit by having their
photo taken in front of the fountain in front of the cabin.

The businesses next to the Arroyo Seco Mercantile
has a tin roof that added to the scene with the flowers.

The back of the garden has a wagon with more flowers.

After visiting the garden, we walked down the street.

We visited our favorite shops, and then turned around
to go back toward the mercantile.
This photo shows the businesses that are directly on the road.
There are a few areas with shops on walks behind the main area.

The Arroyo Seco Mercantile is a fun shop with a variety of
vintage items, local items, toys, etc.

I love their patio with a hanging hammock and handkerchiefs!

This old truck was in the parking lot and is shown in the painting.

I was really glad that I came back to Taos for a second
visit this month. I enjoyed making Arroyo Seco one of my
New Mexico experiences this month!

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