Started here:

Carlsbad, NM
Missing States I
Day 5 - Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Ended here:

Lordsburg, NM

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This morning we drove North on US-285 to Roswell, NM. The Navigator is all excited because we're going to visit the UFO Museum and he's really looking forward to meeting the space aliens.

The UFO Museum is very interesting. They take a very factual, scientific, logical approach to the UFO phenomena. I learned a lot. There is no admission fee but they encourage you to donate. The lady at the visitors information booth was very surprised when I told her I was from Aiken. She said visitors from South Carolina are rare. They had a US map on the wall and invited you to stick a push pin in the town you're from. Aiken's spot on the map did not have a pin. But it does now :) There were just two other pins in South Carolina; Hilton Head and Charleston. The lady said they start a new map every six months. Here's a heads up to friends in Augusta - it didn't have a pin either :)

The Navigator was completely taken with the space aliens. He especially like the space alien kids. He kept begging to be abducted but it didn't happen.

From Roswell we took US-70 and went West and up(!) though the Capitan Mountains. Very scenic. The road was very curvy. Not a good place to try and make time :) On the other side of the mountains we reached Alamogordo, NM.

We visited White Sands National Monument. See the pix below.

Then we took I-25 North about 60 miles and got off and drove West through the Black Range Mountains. More scenic beauty. We crossed the Continental Divide (see pix below).

Now we are camped at a Pilot Travel Center in Lordsburg, NM. We're about 15 miles from the Arizona state line.

Tomorrow we'll visit Saguaro National Park, home of funny looking cacti. Then we're driving North to Mesa, AZ to visit with Pat, a high school friend.

T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
Click on a pix for a larger view
Artesia is a nice little town on US-285 between Carlsbad and Roswell. This sign is made of ceramic tiles. Very pretty. The UFO Museum in Roswell. Interesting place. You've probably seen some of the "Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote" cartoons. I have seen several roadrunners here in desert country and wanted to get a pix of one but they don't stay still long enough. Here I found one willing to have his picture taken. If you're thinking the ocean is just over that sand dune, you'd be wrong twice. First, this "sand" dune is in the middle of the desert and second, that's not "sand" as we know it, that's gypsum sand.
"Sand" dunes in the desert. How unusual! Here is where you'll find the sand dunes. Very different. Up above in the narrative I mentioned driving through the Capitan Mountains. Here's a shot looking West down the road. Can you find the deer in this pix? There was a group of 11 deer walking beside the road. As we approached in the van they began to scatter into the desert woods. This one ran across the road and hid behind a tree. Their camouflage is amazing!
The Continental Divide. From here on, it's all downhill (that's a joke :) Sorry for the picture quality. The sun was going down behind the sign and my poor little camera had a hard time handling that. I took four pix. This is the best one.

T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 9:30am
End: 8:30pm
Net (includes stops): 11 hrs, 0 mins
Begin odometer: 156,215
End odometer: 156,694
Net miles today: 479
Average MPH: 43.54
Total trip miles: 2,399

Gasoline: $77.00
     Price: $2.899/gal
     Bought in: Silver City, NM
Food, ice, etc.: $24.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $5.00 - donation to UFO Museum

T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
From Denise in IN:

Five more thoughts from the Texas Cattleman

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

Meanness don't happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads.

Don't sell your mule to buy a plough.

Don't corner something meaner than you.

T o d a y ' s    J o k e
No joke today, but here's a sensational illusion from Sue in KY. Try and figure out how it works. More tomorrow.

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