The Tinkertown Museum is the work of one man, Ross Ward. He was a carver, painter, collector, and a visionary like no other. The museum is built out of bottles and has an almost overwhelming display of things to look at everywhere. It was amazing.
Here are a few pictures from our day. For both the Tinkertown Museum and the scenery shots, the pictures don't do them justice.
|The parking lot at Tinkertown was decorated almost as much as the inside of the museum.|
|The museum was in a house made from bottles and had 22 rooms.|
|The creator of the museum carved all of the figures in these scenes.|
|Food for thought from Ross Ward.|
|This church is said to contain a well of healing dirt. Because of this, over 300,000 people make a pilgrimage to it each year. It was closed when we got there, so we assumed that the dirt on our shoes from walking around outside would work also.|
|Rio Grande Gorge near Taos (yes, this is the same Rio Grande that is the border between Texas and Mexico - its headwaters are in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.)|
|The haze in the mountains is smoke from nearby forest fires. At these high elevations near Taos, most everything is green.|
We are back to desert landscapes at lower elevations near Santa Fe.