May 26, 2015

Roadtrippin' 2015 - Roswell, New Mexico

Hello, friends! Raisin Bread, the pups and I are back from a 10 day roadtrip around the good ol' US of A. We packed up our trusty little Prius and hit the road.

The puppies are ready for vacation!

Before we left Albuquerque, we grabbed some breakfast burritos from Golden Pride. Road sustenance was much needed.

Our first destination was Roswell, New Mexico, a three hour drive south.

On the road again...

We hit a variety of weather on the first leg of our drive. It was cloudy and rainy.

Then it turned to freezing! 34 degrees!

We made it to Roswell in the afternoon. It was bright and sunny, but super windy!

Roswell is a town built on UFO and alien fascination. There are model flying saucers and aliens all around town. This one was located outside of an inn. Did you know aliens still use flip phones?

We stopped at the Visitor Center and did a little walking tour of Main Street.

Hello, R2D2! He is a part of the United States Postal Service. Apparently, there were many of these mailboxes but this is one of the only ones that is still in commission.

Main Street is also lined with streetlamps that have been turned into aliens.

Even the McDonald's is in on the alien action. Welcome to the spaceship McDonald's!

The Roswell Spacewalk was our first activity in town. We were even able to bring Gus and Carson through with us.

You pay $2 to walk through a blacklight "spacewalk" extravaganza. It is a short and cheesy experience, but hey, it cost $2. Plus, what do you expect from Roswell besides cheese?

Next, we visited the International UFO Museum, which also allows dogs.

I did not find the museum to be all that interesting. There were a lot of exhibits and information that were text-based and I didn't feel like reading all of the text. I just wanted to get some general information about the Roswell "incident" and look at oddities. 

Carson, look out!

Not sure I would put the UFO Museum on my recommended list.

We headed back to our car and drove another 45 minutes to the town of Artesia, New Mexico, where we were going to spend the night.

I was able to get in a nice 1.5 mile run on the treadmill before we went out for dinner. The restaurant on our list wound up being closed, but we turned to our smartphones and found Adobe Rose. For a town as small as Artesia, I was super surprised to find such a nice and creative fine dining establishment.

We shared the strawberry salad (mixed greens, pickled onions and chiles, pecans, jicama, strawberries, cotija cheese and brown sugar balsamic vinaigrette). For my entree, I had the special of the day - ribs with sweet potato mash and corn on the cob. Raisin Bread had the Dr. Pepper braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes and carrots.

Raisin Bread also had a raspberry cheesecake for dessert. The food was phenomenal and I am glad we were able to find such a nice substitute restaurant.

More adventures in New Mexico to come!

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