The alien schtick is pretty ubiquitous in Roswell but this little town has a lot more to offer than fantastic stories of little green men. For one thing, there are two really great museums and we also found a really cool used book store staffed by some very friendly people.
How the west was won, I suppose.
One thing I certainly did not know is that Roswell is touted as
the dairy capital of America. Take that, cheeseheads!
There barely a business in Roswell that doesn't somehow invoke
the aliens. This was on the roof of a car dealership, The streaks
in the photo? Extraterrestrial interference, of course.
How about a sno-cone served by an alien. Only
lime flavor available.
Wall mural at Peppers, a local grill and bar.
Chicken Enchiladas with Hot Green Sauce. Man, it WAS hot.
Books Again is an annex run by the Roswell
Public Library. They had a pretty good selection,
great prices, and was staffed by two of the pleasantest
ladies ever. We actually spent more time chatting with the
staff than browsing and still walked out with two bags
One of the staff members suggested we visit the
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and, man.
what a find! We never would have found this place
on our own. It was a big, airy exhibition space with
many pieces. And way more winners than losers.
Life is good in the West. 'Desert Oasis' By Brian Meyers
A piece by Willard Midgett
'Xanadu' by William Goodman
A huge fiberglass sculpture by Luis Jimenez
Look away Otis, this will haunt you forever. 'Grasshopper Girl'
by Koi Neng Liew
Dig the Charles Bukowsi, man.
From a piece by Jason Knapp
Then we went to the Roswell Museum and Art Center, which displays a mix of art, historical artifacts, and an installation of Goddard's workshop. Yeah, the rocket guy. I hadn't realized that he moved his whole operation out to Roswell and spent the rest of his life here, building and launching rockets.
Alien parking only.
Tel-a-vision by Jerry Williams
This museum had a wonderful collection of native and historical artifacts.
I don't usually associate New Mexico and beavers,
but what the heck?
Here's Goddard's workshop.
This huge mural was named 'Pow-wow.
Hello Mr. Goddard!
Hey, we finally spotted some UFOs!
The pod will see you now.
Tomorrow, we return to camping at Elephant Butte State Park over towards Truth or Consequences, so we probably won't be posting for a bit. Cheers.