After setting up camp (this means disconnecting the car, parking, and plugging in the electric cord), we headed to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The visitors center was closed for remodeling, but the cave was open for touring.
First, lets get something straight. Keith does not like caves. He is mildly claustrophobic, and can’t get it out of the back of his mind that he is 750 feet underground. This phobia notwithstanding, the caverns are truly impressive, both for their size, extent, and torturous morphology, and for the many and varied formations (spelioforms, in cave lingo) caused by evaporation of mineral laden water seepage. We glimpsed a cave Troll, and heard the tap-tap of Orc hammers, but did not spot a Balrog, thanks to the good efforts of the Wizard Gandalf, who defeated the last known specimen. The road to the caves is very scenic, as seen below.
Road to the Carlsbad Caverns
Roswell , NM is the site of a supposedly 1946 crash of an alien spacecraft on the outskirts of the city. For years this was the city’s claim to fame but in recent years the Chamber of Commerce has worked very hard to change its one-sided image. However our destination was the UFO Museum in Roswell, where the street lights are shaped as the heads of Alien beings. The museum is as hokey as you would expect with all the “Top Secret” documents and interviews from people who witnessed the space crash.
Where it all Happens in Roswell
During our tour Kathy examined everything and Keith selectively viewed a couple of exhibits that interested him. The gift shop was filled with unusual gifts. We left after purchasing a T-shirt and jar of Hot salsa.
Another highlight of our visit to Roswell was a Mexican bakery (4 COWS) . The pastry was fresh and delicious!
Shown below are some general views in West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico:
West Texas Windmill Farm