I have been a sci-fi nerd all my life. My mother introduced me to the great classics of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET, Starman, Alien, etc. I had this fantasy of going into Area 51 and seeing what people only imagined in the movie, Independence Day. Or is that a replica? Hah! So what was between California to Texas? Roswell, New Mexico!
Roswell was a must-stop on our way to Texas. The town wasn’t as “alienized” as I thought it was going to be. There weren’t people dressed in alien outfits, glowing UFO signs everywhere, or hippies camped on the side of the road waiting for their time of abduction. Apparently, that’s only in July during the Roswell UFO Festival. This was a small town filled with extremely nice people, and a few alien souvenir shops.
For free wine tasting and the #1 attraction on TripAdvisor, we went to Pecos Flavors Winery. I have to admit, the tastes were not up to par as California, but the service and surrounding couldn’t have been homier. They had a variety of wines with their best selling wine being the Galactic Vino. Yes… I added the colorfully alien-labeled bottle to my collection. They also had their local Alien Wheat and Amber Ale beer.
We checked out the International UFO Museum and Research Center telling the tale of the Roswell crash and cover-up, newspaper clippings, personal stories, and certain films depicting the incident.
After a day in the town we cruised south east of Roswell and camped at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Apparently, we hit the off-season as it was windy, cold, and unlike California parks all year long, this was very dry and brown. The color pallet was stuck on brownish yellow and red. Despite the unfortunate weather, I could understand why this would be a place to camp. RV’s have electric and water hookups, bathrooms with free hot showers, and a secluded feel from the rest of the world. Below is a photo I took of Shelbie staring out into the plains from one of the lookout points.
All in all, I have fulfilled my Roswell need. Maybe one day we’ll make it to the UFO Festival. Now we’re Texas bound! Stay tuned for some yippee ka yay adventures!