Monday, April 06, 2009

Roswell, New Mexico

The street lamps in town

Remember Roswell? It's supposed to be the BIG cover up by the government about an alien spaceship that crashed out on somebody's ranch. The city has been cashing in on that since it happened back in 1947. I thought the museum would be better than it was. Kinda disappointing. I think it took us all of one hour to complete it and that was with Rod reading most everything. There was some grouchy old man (I think he was a museum volunteer) who was yelling at the kids to keep quiet and watching them with an eagle eye. Very distracting. The museum itself was really just a bunch of newspaper accounts and signed depositions by people who either witnessed the crash or talked to someone who witnessed it. LOL I'll let the pictures do their own talking. If you click on any of the pictures they will be bigger and easier to read.

I guess we didn't have any contact with aliens because we didn't feel any different when we left....

I've had a few requests about how we like the campground we're staying in right now. It's okay for a resort type campground. It's privately owned by Escapee members and if you're a member you can rent out a site that's been vacated by one of the owners. Our rate is $14 a night plus tax plus electric. The electric rate is nine cents per kilowatt hour. When you check in they give you a paper with your meter number on it so you can check it when you get to your site. Nobody has ever done that before. That was a nice touch. We were also given a brochure when we checked in with some interesting facts. When threatened by hail you may hear a thundering boom. Huge air cannons go off automatically and break up hail to protect the nearby pecan orchards. Pecans are an important crop in New Mexico. I didn't know that!

It's called The Ranch because, well, it's out in the middle of a working cattle ranch. We never did see any cows but there was definitely evidence that they were around. Big cows....

Can you see us way out there??

The sites are very long and very wide. We don't have use of the little shed on our site as it belongs to the owner of our lot but we don't need it anyway.

Tomorrow is a travel day (YAY!!!) to Bernardo for a few days.


Jenny Johnson said...

Yours (and Rod's)photos are absolutely hilarious!! Into my keep folder where I can look at them from time to time!!

Bob and Molly said...

Deb, I just LOVE those glasses...did you get me a pair?? Or did you at least get YOURSELF a pair??? Too funny! Looks like you're having a great time!

Joe and Sherri said...

Well it was nice of them to let you know about the cannon! I would have had a breakdown if it had gone off while I was there...

Joe and Sherri

PS Like the glasses I could not tell it was you guys...HE HE

Randy and Terry said...

You guys feel the same way we did about Roswell; a whole lot of hype about very little. Of course, like Rod, Randy read nearly everything on the walls. :)

And it looks like you were in the same site at The Ranch as we were!! That's funny. We really liked it there. Nice folks.

Karen said...

well I am disappointed. I have wanted to go there for a long time just because of the UFO thing.

What was the town itself like? I read an article online a week or so ago about the best places to retire in the US and Roswell, NM was on the list.

Debbie and Rod said...

Yeah Karen, we were a little disappointed too but the town itself is nice. Lots to do. If you go there go to the Visitor Center. The guy in there gave us LOTS of different ideas. I don't think I'd want to live there though. LOTS of blowing dust all the time.