Outlaws and Aliens

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End May 14, 2010

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Another day of driving. This time, we were to make is from Albuquerque to Carlsbad, NM – all the way southeast of the state.  Discouraged from the previous day's road trip failure, we determined to make up for it, catching as much of NM as we could on this day’s drive.  Luckily, two major sites to see were right on route.  Literally, adding zero miles to our planned trip.

First stop was Lincoln, New Mexico.  (it has nothing to do with the president),
Lincoln, NM prides itself on not changing since the 1800’s.  It is now a National Landmark, and therefore, fairly untouched.  Walking down Main Street (which is really the ONLY street) it seemed every building had a plaque with a story.  What kind of stories?  Well, this is why Lincoln is on the map.  Lincoln, NM is where the legendary American outlaw, Billy the Kid escaped his jail cell and was eventually found and killed on a ranch outside town.  It is the town in which took place the Lincoln County War (the war that sent Billy the Kid to jail in the first place).  We could have paid $5 apiece for a more in-depth historical fieldtrip, but we took the free route and read all the plaques we could and bypassed the museums.  Besides, I felt that anything I needed to know about Bill the Kid, I read last night online.  It was a lovely, sunny day for a walk and we enjoyed Lincoln – even though everything is town is closed on Wednesdays – the one day we were there.

Our adventure this day did not end in Lincoln.  Roswell was the next stop on the map.  Naturally, we hear Roswell and think aliens, UFO landings, the X-Files.  So when we reached Roswell, we were surprised to see the town’s welcome sign and slogan: "Welcome to Roswell, the Dairy Capitol of the Southwest."  Cows… not exactly the little green visitors we expected.  But that’s kind of how Roswell was.  They didn’t seem to care as much about the alien attachment to their name as we from the eastern states did.  There were two stores we found that capitalized on the touristy fascination with the paranormal, a UFO museum and a wall painted in alien paraphernalia.  But, besides this, Roswell was just a normal place.  The Dairy Capitol of the Southwest.  No one there seemed to take the alien stuff seriously. Just a few shop owners set up to take advantage of those tourists who DO think something landed there 50 years ago.  We weren’t disappointed about the lack of aliens so much, since we don’t believe in extraterrestrial life, anyway.  But we were disappointed that the Dairy Capitol had a severe lack of ice-cream, and my husband was craving ice-cream.

Before you get too sad for Michael’s unmet milk-shake desires, we did reach Carlsbad by dinner.  There, we found Kaleidescoops, a local ice-cream shop, and got fantastically frozen before reaching our hotel for the night.
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