How it all began...

The idea had been circling in my head for years. But the time was right and I could no longer fight the wanderlust that had built up. I bought a 1977 GMC NuWa motor home, threw a solar panel on top and started getting it ready for the open road. My main goal: to wander around North America, catching up with old friends, visiting new places and experiencing things I haven't before. This is my story...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Getting to Roswell and Beyond

The time had come to leave Fort Stanton. I had a wonderful time relaxing and taking in the scenery. I made a great connection with the gentleman who was the camp host in the area. He and I would take walks in the afternoon with Stella and his 2 dogs. But the itch to move on kept popping up, mostly brought about by colder weather and the occasional snowfall. It had not been my plan (like I have a plan...ha!) to stay in this area for long, but it just felt nice and comfortable. The reason for going this way originally was to check out Roswell and Carlsbad Caverns. Thus, on the road again...

Roswell: Not just about the Aliens
OK, first let me point out a small observation. I'm not sure if I was disappointed, surprised or impressed. Perhaps a little of each. But Roswell is NOT all about aliens. When I first arrived in Roswell, one of the first things I saw was a HUGE alien balloon statue at a car dealership. Granted, I should have taken into account that it was a car dealership, but my thoughts were still expecting aliens EVERYWHERE. Yet upon entering the grocery store, I was a bit disappointed in the fact that the people working there did not have spock ears or Chewbaca paws. Wait, these are just NORMAL people. Weird. Yes, you have certain areas that cater to that portion of the tourists that come for that reason (admittedly, I was one of said tourists), but for some reason I didn't think of the non-alien-Roswell at all prior to the visit. I went to the visitor center, which did indeed have aliens as a focal point, but also had information on other happenings in town. Museums (only one of which was UFO related), theaters, Historic locations, etc. For instance, did anyone else know that Roswell was a POW camp for captured Germans during WWII? Also, Robert Goddard, the father of Rocketry, did much of his testing in Roswell. While in Roswell, I even had the chance to go to the community theater (Roswell Community Little Theatre) for a production called "The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase". It was a great little play with some very funny parts. In fact, the gentleman who played Uncle George was excellent.

Well, as Stella munches an alien, I will be driving south towards Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Poor, little alien...


  1. OMG Stella is so cute. Enjoying the blog.

    A thought for you....if you are interested in meeting new folks on the road and it's doable.

    Try posting where you are heading about a week or so out...then possibly one of us followers will know someone where you are headed that you can meet up with for a meal, a drink, a free hot shower, or a place to camp that large beast. ;)

    You are a rock star. Betty

  2. You know, Brian, sometimes, when like people are around like people, no one notices that different species of people are around because they are all the same species, so maybe you really did see aliens everywhere....just an idea.