Hunting for aliens

Trip Start Sep 01, 2008
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Trip End Feb 26, 2010


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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Sunday, January 31, 2010

On the way to Roswell, we stopped at the excellent White Sands National Monument, in effect an enormous gypsum wilderness surrounded by mountains (the biggest gypsum field in the world in fact). There were sand dunes a-plenty and a nine-mile scenic drive. We didn't quite get the explanation of why the sand is there but it was good fun and we even got out of the car (and into the freezing cold) for a few minutes to snap a few pics of us playing in the sand.

Roswell, famous for the alleged extraterrestrial spaceship crash and subsequent police cover up of 1947, typically conjures images of crackpot conspiracy theorists chasing UFOs through deserted backcountry and it certainly didn’t disappoint in this respect. Our first port of call was the outstanding Roswell UFO Museum and Research Centre. Here, there was a veritable plethora of affidavits, photographs and wild theories about the events of July 1947, all supporting the theory that material from a crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft was recovered (complete with bodies of crash victims) from a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell. Our favourite exhibit was a life size diorama of two air force surgeons performing an autopsy on an alien cadaver!

Of course, there was too much information to take in and even the more incredible theories were presented as fact. Nevertheless, we had to admire the presentation, the amount of information on the subject and that fact that it was the kind of exhibit that could only have been put together by people who were incredibly enthusiastic about their subject. This made it a lot of fun to browse for an hour or so!

Other than the alien headed lamp-posts and occasional extraterrestrial themed souvenir shops, the town is a typical American small town. We concluded our visit with an evening drinking Alien Amber Ale in a super-hero themed bar across the road from our motel before retiring for the night, Stuart secretly harbouring hopes of being abducted by aliens in the night!
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