Thursday, July 07, 2005
This is me by Uncompaghre Peak in Southwest Colorado. Yes, this IS my "hiking" outfit.
Here's the obligatory list of important road-trip lessons:
1. Roswell is deep in the RED heart of New Mexico. Nothing but lizards, aliens and Republicans. Or just Republicans, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference.
2. Albuquerque is 300 years old this week. She doesn't look a day over 299.
3. If you ask for rellenos smothered in "red chile sauce" in Fairplay, Colorado, they will put chili (as in, chilidog chili) all over your rellenos. Not cool.
4. Roswell's home brew, "Alien Amber," is pretty good.
5. Just in case you need to know, these are the aliens that are most commonly encountered. I found that handy chart at the UFO museum in Roswell.
6. Albuquerque's town square is a prime spot for antiwar protests. The Independence Day protest was particularly poignant.
7. Due to an unusually wet summer, all the cacti are blooming this summer.
8. Albuquerque is still very much a car town. We were there for the tail end of the annual Route 66 vintage car show and cruise. The sister and I are trying to figure out how we can put a hybrid engine into a 1959 Eldorado and travel the country.
9. Roswell, being a military town, has a pretty awesome fireworks display for the fourth. Plus, it is close enough to the Mexican border that the "amateur" shows in backyards and driveways rival the professional show before, during and after the town's display.
10. Billy the Kid's gravestone has been stolen three times from the gunfighter's final resting place in Fort Sumner, N.M.
Now to attend to the thousands of emails and voicemails and small smoldering fires I need to put out after a weeklong absence from work.
Until next time . . .
Posted by Cassie Schoon at 10:47 AM