An update from Mark, a junior majoring in advertising and markets and culture:

After a wild night of karaoke at Applebee’s the night before, my classmates and I drove to the most photographed church in the United States: San Francisco de Asis.

The church was made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe for her paintings and photos of the site. The San Francisco de Asis Church is made of adobe. The inside is beautiful, and the art inside truly represents a classic Spanish Catholic church.

Each year the adobe structure has to be re-mudded to keep the foundation of the church strong. After a hard day of work re-mudding, I felt like I had somewhat mastered the art of mudding and could work in adobe construction! I also met the inspirational Hispanic artist Lydia Garcia, who has paintings in the Smithsonian!

After a great day at the church and an amazing free green-chile lunch, my friend Matt and I drove up to the Taos Ski Valley to hike up to Lake Williams. After the hike we ate at the infamous Taos Outback Pizza. The pizza joint is not the classiest place, but the pizza is great and you can draw on the fence outside!

Finally, a group of us met at the John Dunn Bridge for swimming in the Rio Grande and relaxing in the hot springs nearby. Then we camped out at the top of the gorge above the John Dunn Bridge. With a bright moon and many stars, the campsite offered an unbelievable view of the Rio Grande River – and in the distance, downtown Taos. Saturday was an eventful day full of activity and fun times with friends.