A More than interesting Day

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Red Barn RV Park

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

What a day!  Left Alamogordo, which incidentally, translates as Fat Cottonwoods, after we went to church in La Luz, a couple of miles down the road.  It was sunny with little wind at the beginning of the trip, but as we headed into the mountains, things rapidly changed.  It was a long climb up to an elevation of near seven thousand feet.  The major mountain in the area is Pajarito, at an elevation of over eight thousand feet.  Lynnie got some good shots of it enroute.  She's liking and improving in the photographic department.

We encountered several small town on the way, my favorite being Tinnie, New Mexico.  The descent led to more wind, up to 25 mile per hour sidewinds and snow, we found out later on a weather app I have on my phone.  The snow wasn't actually falling, more like just passing through, if you get what I mean.  It was a pretty scary trip over about forty miles.  I'm very impressed at Shorty's stability.  I must admit that I didn't "one hand it" much, mostly just held on an prayed.  Both worked.

It was still snowing and blowing when we pulled into the park.  We had a bite of leftover pizza and Lynnie drove us back to town, a distance o about three miles.  We went directly to the UFO Museum and Research Center.  A very interesting place, it is.  It covers the early years of sightings, centered around the 1947 crash of an unidentified craft near Roswell as well as later events.  The available evidence at the museum leads me to continue to believe that it did ,in actuality take place.  That plus the fact that I worked with Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr. in Helena and had discussed it with him.  A few photos of him and his father and of his testimony accompany this edition.  Lynnie got a shot of the Alien Crossing in the park, which is also included.

Speaking of Aliens, I've included a photo of a Border Patrol Checkpoint on our way to Alamogordo.  These checkpoints are widespread along the border.  A large sign near this one stated that they are hiring.  You should probably at least have a Green Card to apply.  It must be tedious work, much as some of us saw at the Checkpoints along the wall when we were stationed together in Berlin Germany in the 1960s.  

It's cool today, in the high thirties, but calm in the Park, due to the numerous trees which act as a good windbreak.  We'll set off tomorrow for Carlsbad Canyons National Park which is located less than ninety miles to our south.  Hopefully the weather will be warm and I can change my attire back to shorts.  It is ALL good, anyway.
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