The first day of Spring! Bring on the sunshine. We hit the road and headed Nth West towards New Mexico. Spring had certainly not arrived here. We broke the trip up and stayed over night and continued driving the next day. It was the first night since the Florida freeze were I awoke from my sleep freezing! Poor Morgan, I don't think he rolled over once that night without me following closely behind him! I told him the next morning how cold I was during the night to which he replied "I wasn't cold at all". Of course he bloody wasn't, as I was stuck to him all night. We left in the morning heading to Rosewell, NM. The breeze was icy but the sun was very warm and for the brief moments when the wind stopped blowing it was actually quite a nice day. As we were driving through the small towns with very little population, Morgan and I noticed the mountains in the distance appeared to have snow on the peaks.
I pointed it out to Morgan but we thought nothing much of it. As we continued to drive into the night heading North towards Albuquerque, Morgan noticed white patches on the side of the road that he said he thought was foam. I kept a look out for it but I couldn't see what he was referring too. I thought he may have been driving too long and was seeing things. After a few more miles he mulled it over and came to the conclusion that it must have been cotton. However there were no cotton fields around this area that we knew of, it was rocky land as far as the eye could see. The mystery consumed us so we paid more attention and assumed the white areas we were seeing were in fact white rock. We pulled off the highway to turn onto Route 66 when we noticed white patches surrounding a service station. "No, it couldn’t be?" Morgan said pulling over. Yes it was, it was snow. No wonder I was so damn cold the night before and my nose hasn’t stopped running since! Morgan told me he would take me more seriously from now on when I tell him I’m cold.
We stopped briefly in Roswell to visit the International UFO Museum. The town has totally taken advantage of the tourism opportunities that the famous 1947 Roswell incident brought about. They alleged the recovery of extra-terrestrial debris, including alien corpses in an object that crashed on to a ranch property in Roswell.
We parked in the main street of town and noticed the alien merchandise and gimmicks everywhere, in every shop front and even on the street lamp posts.
The Museum was interesting, filled with facts, statements, photographs, letters, articles and plenty of conspiracy theories! It was all of little interest to me really, I’m not much of a believer in the whole alien existence and believe if they are out there I am sure we will find out one day but needless to say it was amusing.
Albuquerque was a lot bigger then Roswell and had a lot more going for it. We didn’t spend a lot of time here however as we were eager to move on to Arizona.
If the place didn’t capture us within a few days then we would generally take a look around and then move onto the next place. We had pizza at a nice little bar in town and went and saw the movie Shutter Island. Morgan managed to spend $15 at the sweets bar in the cinema; you can imagine how big the bag was! The left over sweets sat in the fridge for the next week or so…!
After spending the day in Albuquerque, that’s when we headed for Route 66 and spent the night there.