Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 40: Driving Through the Southwest

September 4, 2011 - Late that night there was an amazing storm.  The wind and thunder rocked the camper pretty well, but nothing was damaged and we were able to continue the trip.  Leaving Amarillo by morning with gale force winds and the thunderstorm for company,  we headed to a Waffle House for breakfast.  This would probably one of the last one on the trip which made me a little sad .  Over breakfast, Bruce and I made our plans on how to get to New Mexico.

The trip would take us through some more flat country, the desert, and through some interesting places before we called it a night.

Gratuitous Waffle House picture.

Sometimes I can't help myself.

We drove, and drove, and drove.  We didn't really stop anywhere, not that there was any place to really stop and look at.  So, most of the pictures are of the road again.

A stockyard in the distance; the most interesting thing so far.


The stockyards were right outside of a place called Clovis.  Now, Clovis is known as an alien abduction hot spot amongst other things.  Most of the time Clovis is eclipsed by Roswell regarding extraterrestials; but for those who are into that kind of thing, Clovis is the place to go if you want to be abducted by E.T.

Now that I got that out of my system, Clovis is also well known in the early days of Rock and Roll.  It was here that in the 1950's that the Norman Petty Recording Studio picked up on Buddy Holly and The Crickets.  In fact, The Cricket's top trademark song "That'll Be The Day" was recorded here.

Not much here in Clovis.

I think we just passed the Old Recording Studio, Bruce.

After passing through this small town, we were back to normal scenery.

More road.

Apparently we were not the only ones traveling on this road.

A Brief Glimpse at Roswell

Because there were two places we wanted to explore in our next part of the adventure, we decided stay at a campground roughly in between Roswell and the Carlsbad Caverns.  Since we were driving from the Roswell side, we got to get a sneak peak at one of our destinations.  I'm not sure how excited Bruce was, but I was really excited.

I wasn't disappointed.

Outside of downtown Roswell.

Even quickly driving through Roswell you can see aliens everywhere.

Arby's has a sign that says "Aliens Welcome".

Call it an alien conspiracy, but during our drive through Roswell we blew another tire on the trailer.  We managed to get it fixed easily, but there were no UFO sightings for us.

Base Camp

We made it to the campground before it got dark, which was a first in our trip so far.  It was a nice place with a pool and a hot tub, and the people were very friendly.  It would be here that we would stay for a couple of days to explore the surrounding sights.

The end of the day in New Mexico.

We relaxed in the pool before getting something to eat and made our plans for the next couple of days. In the morning, we would go to a place that Bruce really wanted to visit, The Carlsbad Caverns.


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