Aka - "Carl is bad", New Mex
Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
41Trip End Aug 25, 2010
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Not until we crossed over into Carlsbad, New Mexico did we begin to see life. The cool thing is that once we crossed state lines there was a message board indicating we are now in Mountain Time, no longer Central Time. Once service returned, our clocks turned back one hour. The question is what do you do if you live in Texas, but need to meet someone in New Mex, which time range do you use to schedule appointments?? Carlsbad doesn't really have anything to offer, that is why we dubbed it "Carl is bad", their one claim to fame are the Carlsbad Caverns which we planned to explore until we realized it was an hour south of us. Not wanting to expose ourselves to two more hours of tumbleweeds and empty plains then we had to (there and back), we jointly decided that wasn't a box that needed to be checked
Carlsbad was just a stop over for our long ride to Santa Fe, NM. After taking in a few episodes of "Billy the Exterminator" on AE (a must see, especially after spending so much time in the Bayou), we high tailed it out of there first thing, but, we did have one required stop to make along the way...Roswell, NM, of course. Christina being a huge fan of the "X Files", she had to stop and visit her friends Mulder and Scully :) Brian's cousin had warned us about Roswell, he said it was a rough city, so our attennas were up,,then to help emphasize this statement about 5 miles outside of town we see signs that read "Don't pick up Hitchhikers as there is a prison nearby". Then we kept seeing signs for correctional facilities..guess he wasn't joking. Anyway, Roswell was a depressing town, its only hope is the traffic it gets from Area 51 and UFO gurus. People live for the UFOs (and await the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada). We went to the UFO museum, it actually very interesting. It provided time lines to the Roswell event, its governmental cover up, and photos and evidence of sighting around the world to present day. The walls are aligned with affidavits from people who were part of the Roswell sighting
As we made our way to Santa Fe, the terrain changed as well, much greener, and red mountains everywhere. In approaching Santa Fe you could see snow covered mountain tops, quite beautiful. We arrived in Santa Fe late afternoon. We will be in Santa Fe for about 10 days, there is a lot to do. Our travels will slow down a bit from here, as will the blog updates.
Happy Cinco De Mayo! and Happy one month on the road for us today. We reached a major milestone in reaching Santa Fe and we are in line with our expected travel schedule also. Starting today we will be in Santa Fe for about 10 days and staying with Brian's cousin Chris. We are also excited to see our friends Rene and Zinia who have been in Santa Fe since Saturday and are staying until this Saturday. Stay tuned for updates.
May 4 - May 5