In December, Jon and I took off for a little belated birthday getaway weekend for me. We went to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs about an hour north of Santa Fe. We luxuriated in the mineral pools, got a massage and generally just unplugged. Having very little Internet access was a blessing so we also toodled around the area by car.

Not having been to Taos in about 10 years, I really wanted to stop in and visit this smaller version of Santa Fe.

Along the desolate highway from Ojo to Taos, I spotted a group of structures just off into the desert brush. Jon and I drove into this community to discover Earthships! Not exactly from outer space, but they might as well have been.

These eco-friendly, sustainable homes are completely off the grid. Harnessing solar power and water catchments, they are fully livable units where people are able to grow their own food in greenhouses.

The foundations are made from tires. Glass bottles and cement are used to fill in the cracks - more for the purpose of reusing materials than for the fact that these items are perfect fillers.

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