Road Trip to Taos Wool Festival


We’re off to Taos to teach at the Wool Festival. Here’s my traveling companion, Sara Goldenberg White with all of our teaching stuff packed in my Prius. Taos here we come!

It was a gorgeous fall day and we took the scenic route via 285 through Fairplay, along Pike National Forest. Somehow we weren’t thinking “fall color” when we headed out so the amazing display of golden aspens in their entire splendor just thrilled us. Miles and miles of gold in amongst the pines against the blue, blue Colorado sky reminded us why we love Colorado so much.

Poncha Springs was our lunch stop. It’s not much of a town really…but it does have TWO Thai restaurants. Here’s the one we chose, complete with Buddha out front. If you ever happen this way, the food was fresh and tasty. Then off again driving along the east side of The Great Sand Dunes, a wonderful, quirky natural phenomenon.

In Antonito we took a short detour to see this quirky man made phenomenon…by some Gaudi wanna be? Needless to say, we wanted to know more.

We knew Taos was close when we crossed the Rio Grande. It’s been at least 20 years since I’ve been here and it seems spiffier than I remember. Loads of traffic and a bit of winding around before we got our bearings, but loved, loved, loved, the adobe everywhere.

When you’re in Taos you gotta eat Southwestern, so we chose Doc Martens in the Taos Inn, an historic hotel and restaurant. The tamales and enchiladas were worth another trip.

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Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.