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Sunday, November 18, 2007

At last we made it to Roswell - last year when we nipped across the southern tip of New Mexico it was because there was still snow lingering on this far north (about the same latitude as Baghdad!). So this time we are here before the snow. Why, you may ask, do we want to see Roswell? Well there are some people that say Roswell has attracted visitors from further away than anywhere else in the world. There is a rumour that in 1947 some little green men made a slight flight error and crashed their "ship" just outside of town.
If you think about it and actually travel in this part of the world if ever extra terrestrials were going to come and check us out it would be here and then that it would have been. It was around here that the first nuclear bomb was developed and tested. For years the first ever rockets were launched here, lots of exciting/scary stuff was going on that could have led you (or anyone "out there") to believe that man was getting ready to leave his planet. So if you were a space traveller with any concern for keeping the peace wouldn't you come and check us out - here and then?
The other side is, the government, do you think it prudent to "concern" a war torn public with the fact that there may be bigger things to worry about? Worse than that, if the ET's were far more technically advanced than us and we had to defend ourselves against any invasion that would mean that maybe all the nations of the world might actually have to unite... gosh that would never do!
Maybe it wasn't ET after all, if it was some experimental craft being developed the government they wouldn't want you to know that either.
Who knows? - Someone must but 60 years on we still don't really know what happened. What it all means is that Roswell now has many little green aliens (mostly the inflatable kind), a UFO museum and research centre and many visitors from this world, including us!
The stories of the cover up are fascinating and thought provoking. A great number of people seemed to change their stories from one day to the next, some even changed their way of life along with fortune.
So - no snow, we came, we saw and we are still unsure... Maybe that's what "they" wanted all along.
I mentioned that rocket experiments had been "going off" in these parts for a while, these were undertaken by a guy called Robert Hutchings Goddard, he developed the first liquid propelled rocket in 1925. We picked up an info' leaflet about him in the Roswell Museum and Art Center and I would just like to leave you with how he may be remembered:
                     Dreamer, Tinkerer and Pioneer - I like that.
Spookily - I couldn't zoom into Roswell close enough on the satellite map to identify our campsite so make do with the UFO museum location!
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