06.27.18: Roswell, Museum, Crash Site, Silos, and the Blue Hole

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
RoswellSanta Rosa, New Mexico

Weather: Clear, blue skies, light wind – high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit, low of 68.

The adventurers had treated themselves to a night at Motel 6 in Roswell, New Mexico. It was a very welcomed break from camping in the desert. Their other option was Bottomless Lakes State Park – the last time they camped there they were attacked by 15 raccoons, but then again, that was in 2012. Oisin awoke earlier than his son, getting up at 7 am and tackling some blogging, photo cropping, and processing. The Prince awoke around 8 am and said “I love you Daddy!” Dad’s heart was melted, nothing is stronger than the love between a parent and child. The Prince instantly wanted to watch “Sponge Pants Bob”, and dad allowed as it was on cable. By 9, the Prince had a bath, washed his hair, and prepared for the day. They then headed down to the indoor pool for a swim – Dad so impressed by the fact the Prince independently swims on his own now. Dad even got the treat of soaking in the hot tub for a bit.

By 10:30 am, they checked out of the hotel and with the hotel’s permission was able to leave their merchant cargo trailer in the back lot while they finished exploring for the day. This was super helpful as it relieved wear n’ tear on the Ford Explorer, and saved humongous gas expenses. The duo grabbed breakfast burritos, hash browns, and orange juice for breakfast on the road – as they wanted to get out to the bluffs by Bottomless Lakes and the Pecos River before it got much later – as temperatures were going to climb into the hundreds today. By the time they hit the bluffs, it was already too hot at 94 degrees around 11 am. They gathered silver sage first in preparation for making smudge sticks for festival vending, then tried their luck at gathering Pecos Valley Diamonds. Even though dad took them to his favorite spot from childhood, they didn’t find any. It is best to gather right after a rain storm, and those have not been frequent as of late. Lady Toni had offered her old property as it was laden with them, but given the duo needed to get on the road back to Colorado or Arizona, they had to turn it down this visit. They gave the hunt about an hour and called it a no success treasure hunt. Onward to the UFO Museum, Spring River Park, Crash Site, Silos, and the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa. Dad had a very busy day planned out.

First stop was the Roswell Spring Hill Zoo. Sir Oisin wanted to check on The German Iron Cross of Roswell embedded tile symbol along the river that was placed there during the World War II civic works in the area. Unfortunately it seems to have been destroyed and non-existent. there was a concrete Christian Cross built into the river’s side approximately where Oisin remembered the historic piece to have existed, and fearful that the fundamentalists destroyed a piece of heritage history with modern kitch. The zoo didn’t seem to be open or in operation though some people were walking around. It was too hot none-the-less to explore anyhow as it was already above a hundred degrees.

The duo stopped by the splash pad that was near down-town so the Prince and Sir Oisin could run into the water fountains and showers to cool off. The Prince had a blast. He loved hanging under a fountain curtain and dad tried luring him under the big bucket that did a major soak. No luck as the Prince was on to his dad’s ploy. After a half-hour of play getting wet, dad had the Prince move over to the playground with hopes of drying off in the desert heat before going to the UFO museum. They played zombie attack on the playground equipment, albeit the slides were a bit hot to slide down.

They then drove downtown and parked in front of the Roswell UFO Museum. Right after the Prince got out of the car, he spied two alien cut-outs and played getting scared of an alien invasion. They entered the museum, the Prince free, and dad paid his admission. Parents in tow of small kids rarely have the time to read most of the exhibits and spend the time they would like to have perusing the matter. So as usual, Dad took photos of exhibits he can read on his computer later. The Prince was busy running from exhibit to exhibit. He loved the dioramas of the alien ship crash, the autopsy aliens, and other exhibits. Dad was intrigued by the mythology of the Wandjinas, Cryptids, Faeries, or God/desses he needs to research further. He was surprised there wasn’t more hype about Roswell Series (1999-2002) that he was so addicted to for its 5 seasons. He figured that show had more influence to Roswell tourism than the museum did.

After about an hour in the UFO Museum, the adventurers headed down Main street to check out the shops and the Roswell’s Alien Craze propaganda. They headed into Alien Zone, a cool gift shop with alien dioramas, exhibits, and photo opportunities. There is even a spaceship maze to wander through. Every store on Main street essentially had an alien in front of it, windows painted with them, or souvenirs in the windows. The anti-alien organization that was across the street from the UFO museum was gone, as Sir Oisin saw it back in 2016. They had planted their anti-alien stickers on the old frame of the UFO Crash site back in the day, most likely being the culprits to destroying the crash site sign.

As they made their way back to the Explorer, they spied a Hawaiian shaved ice truck in the UFO Museum parking lot, so they treated themselves to the much needed cooling treat. The Prince was ecstatic. They then drove back to Motel 6, hooked up the trailer, stopped off at Circle K and got large drinks for the road. They then pit stopped at Panda Express for lunch across from the Roswell Mall. Dad had the honey walnut shrimp and beef, fried rice, and chow mein while the Prince had the orange chicken kids meal. They were satisfied and hit Highway 285 North.

Just south of mile marker 134 they saw the empty vandalized frame that once broadcasted the location of the Roswell UFO Crash Site. Dad pulled over to take a look at the area, no more alien evidence whatsoever, including pro or anti propaganda. Rumor has it the rancher owning the property doesn’t want it there anymore. Just 1/8 of a mile north o the Crash site is one of Roswell’s many abandoned Roswell Missle Silos from the cold war. There were no signs warning not to trespass, nothing but a single bar padlocked to prevent people driving to the silo. Having explored them since childhood it was a popular place to go in the past. So Father and son, just like Sir Oisin did with his father, headed over to explore the ruins of the silo. It was no longer cemented closed and could be entered. However Dad did not feel comfortable taking the Prince in it as he was only 5 and they didn’t have flash lights with them. The Prince however found an abandoned head lamp which he kept, later to test with batteries. Dad explained to the Prince about the silo, the doors, the air vents, and the stairwell. Two large water tanks had been added to the property by the missile doors. Sir Oisin had always wanted to buy one and convert it to a live-work museum home storefront.

By 4:30 pm they arrived in Santa Rosa, NM and made their way to the infamous “Blue Hole” where all the divers in training within New Mexico usually go get tested and licensed at. It was super cold even though the air temperature was over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. That didn’t stop Sir Oisin and son from swimming. Dad swam more than the Prince. They then went over to the swimming lake next to it and was going to play on the water adventure equipment, but they didn’t bring their wallet thinking it was free like the Blue Hole. It was however $10 a person and dad was too broke until payday the following day. So they skipped for the day with a “maybe” to go to tomorrow if they decided to camp there the night. On the way back to the Blue Hole, the Prince was running in the parking lot, slipped and fell, skinning his knee, souring his spirit. They took a last swim in the Blue Hole, but the Prince decided he just wanted to leave. They decided not to drive to Arizona to accept work from a friend on home improvements, for fear they wouldn’t financially be able to afford it. Since Oisin had booked a full 32 hour week starting tomorrow doing deliveries, he wanted to preserve his great reputation with the company and not have points against him for dropped blocks even though the beauty of that kind of work was ability to make and change one’s schedule at will.

The Prince instantly passed out as they drove out of town. That confirmed to dad that they should drive home and sleep in their own bed for the night and figure things out in the morning. It was still a 6 hour drive, putting them at home arrival around midnight.

As they approached the New Mexico border from Las Vegas, they saw the glow of the wild fires plaguing the area. It looked bad. Luckily they didn’t have to drive through any of them. They fueled up with the last of their money in Las Vegas, and energy-wise made it to Trinidad. Dad was exhausted, so they pulled over to a rest area around 10 pm, and slept for 4 hours before awaking again at 2 am to head home. They arrived around 4:30 am, and quickly passed out in their own beds.

Mileage: 489 miles (Technogypsie Productions Spring Research Project / Tree Leaves Oracle return from vending)

Spring Hill River Zoo (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=5009); Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

International UFO Museum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4985. Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Wildfires near the New Mexico/Colorado border. Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Blue Hole http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37437) in Santa Rosa (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37439), New Mexico. Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Blue Hole http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37437) in Santa Rosa (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37439), New Mexico. Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Blue Hole http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37437) in Santa Rosa (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37439), New Mexico. Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Blue Hole http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37437) in Santa Rosa (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37439), New Mexico. Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Crash Site (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=847) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Alien craze (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37001) in Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Alien Zone (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37433); The Alien Craze (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37001) in Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Alien Zone (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37433); The Alien Craze (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37001) in Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Alien Zone (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37433); The Alien Craze (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37001) in Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

International UFO Museum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4985. Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

International UFO Museum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4985. Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Wandjinas (http://www.technogypsie.com/faerie/?p=2809); International UFO Museum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4985. Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Roswell’s UFO Crash Site (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=847). International UFO Museum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4985. Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051


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