. . . I've been told that I write novels for email messages. Perhaps this is the way to go. I'll try to make each entry, or Gemstone, a "precious" one. On mediocre days, all I might be able to produce is a "semi-precious" entry. In any case, an entry might be a "neat" Gemstone--something that is uniquely mine.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spring Break Trip: Roswell

What can I say about southern New Mexico besides, "I'm glad I live in northern New Mexico." As they say, it is a good place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

My family and I are on our spring break trip and decided to take a tour of the southern portion of our state. Once you get out of Santa Fe, going south on Highway 285, the scenery is flat and covered in scrub brush, mostly sage, cactus, and juniper (sneeze). The geology is that of a 250 million year old (Permian) shallow sea with lightly colored San Andreas Limestone predominant. Oil and natural gas deposits sit on top of this limestone.

We drove about 4 hours to Roswell and stopped at the UFO Museum. It is devoted to an event in July of 1947 where something happened northwest of Roswell during a severe thunderstorm. Was it a flying saucer? Was it a weather balloon? What happened? "The Roswell Incident," as it is known as seems to be a great government cover up of a crash of some sort of UFO. There was debris of some unknown metal as well as alien bodies recovered, then confiscated and hidden away. The government officials say it was a weather balloon that crashed, but many remain suspicious of the end report. For 60 years, it all has remained a mystery.

The museum exhibits are a bit "cheesey" and do require a lot of reading, so for those who have children who don't like to read (or simply are too young to read), this is not a good museum choice. It is very stark and in a werehouse-style building so doesn't really showcase The Roswell Incident or it's other exhibits such as ones on UFO research, crop circles, alien abductions, and Area 51. But it is worth an hour out of your day.

Next stop....Carlsbad!,


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Neat

"Let all that you do be done in love"

1 Cor 16:14

1 comment:

Del said...

We would love to see this some time. We saw the Space/Rocket (brain fade, can't think of the name. It starts with a G, I think) museum many years ago. Wonder if my cousin still lives in Rosewell. Should have checked that out before you went. :-)
Mom