Thursday, April 19, 2018

Roswell, the UFO Museum, and Aliens

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March 17 & 18, 2018


The story of Roswell itself begins in the 1880's during the time of frontier living, Apache Indians, Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War. In the beginning cattle baron, John Chisum's large herd of cattle helped sustain Roswell's early economy. Like many towns in southern New Mexico, Roswell was often visited by Billy the Kid. In the 1930's, Roswell was the place Robert H. Goddard attempted to defy gravity. Known as the Father of Modern Rocketry, Goddard did some of his most influential work during his 12 years in Roswell while working with Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim. Without his experiments the United State would have never won the race to the moon or begun the human race's early space exploration.

Interesting tidbit: Before 1890 Roswell's population was 340. Then a shopkeeper by the name of Nathan Jaffa who was tired of having to go to the river to obtain water drilled in his backyard and water came bubbling to the surface. It was discovered that Roswell was sitting on top of one of the largest artesian wells in the country and the city began to boom. (A short bit of Roswell's History put together from two visitor guides we received here at the RV Park.) 

Roswell Incident

In July of 1947 something happened northwest of Roswell during a severe thunderstorm. The question that has been asked since then is: Was it a flying saucer or was it a weather balloon?

The debris recovered by rancher WW Mack Brazel was gathered by the military from the Roswell Army Air Field under the direction of base intelligence officer Major Jesse Marcel. On July 8, 1947, public information officer Lt. Walter Haut issued a press release under orders from base commander Col. William Blanchard, which said basically that we have in our possession a flying saucer. (Haut talks about all of this in a short video about the Roswell Incident. This short video is interesting, filled with information, and interviews with people that were there when it all took place.  It is well worth the time it takes to watch it.) The next day another press release was issued, this time from Gen. Roger Ramey, stating it was a weather balloon. That was the start of the best known and well-documented UFO coverup.

The Roswell Incident, the crash of an alleged flying saucer, the recovery of debris and bodies and the ensuing cover up by the military, was of such magnitude and so shrouded in mystery that, today over 70 years later , there are still more questions then answers. ( above information found in the Roswell visitors guide)

We spent the Tuesday afternoon at the UFO Museum. During that time we looked at displays, read newspaper articles and affidavits, looked at pictures, and in general took in a lot of information. We also sat and watched a short video about the Roswell Incident. In it we heard information from people directly involved or who had information from someone who was directly involved. We also stayed and watched a film that was made in 1993 called "Fire in the Sky" . This film is based on the book The Walton Experience by Travis Walton. (In 1975, a group of five men are driving home after working, with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, when they see a mysterious light. Walton got out of the truck and was sucked up by a flying saucer. The rest of the four tell their story which no one really believes. The investigator believes it is a murder cover up. Then after 5 days Walton reappears with his story of alien abduction and is met with disbelief.  This incident allegedly took place near Snowflake, Arizona.) 

Tom is really into reading and learning about UFO's along with Ghosts so this visit was something he really enjoyed . I took the pictures below mostly so Tom will have a record of our visit. If you browse through them, I hope you enjoy them.

Brazel and I believe his wife.

In the video we watched the owner of the Radio
Station mentioned he was threatened with the lose
of his licence if he did not stop broadcasting the
flying saucer story.

The wreckage became a weather balloon.

"Gort" the original eight foot tall robot introduced in the 1953 movie
The Day The Earth Stood Still
(Somehow it looked a lot taller in the movie. The magic of Hollywood.)

Saucer and animatronic aliens from Distortions Unlimited.
The aliens were designed by Jordu Schell.
The ship "takes off and lands' once an hour and the aliens make their
presence known at least 3 times an hour.

How pictures of UFO's are faked.

Tom looking at information about Area 51
in Nevada. I have a feeling we will be
visiting there, also.

The Palenque Astronaut Approximately 400-600AD
"The Other Encounter"

The carving comes from the lid of a tomb belonging to the temples of the Mayan people in Mexico. This specific lid carving or "inscription" comes from a temple in Palenque. (This replica is hand carved in wood. This piece took Dr. Francisco Puentes and 4 other artists three years to complete.)
This particular carving portrays an astronaut sitting at the controls of his space ship. In addition a well preserved white man was found in the tomb.The average Maya was about 60 inches tall or five feet. This being in the tomb was about 70 inches tall. The question still exists as to whether this is just a tall Mayan or are these the remains of an ancient astronaut, or in other words an extraterrestrial?

The Mayan people were consumed with worship of the heavens. They calculated and created a solar calendar that is so accurate that it predicts today's eclipses within 13 seconds of their happening. Perhaps, their obsession with the skies was a result of extraterrestrial beings taking these people under their wings-literally. (The above information and the carving's translations are from a handout at the museum.)

Yellow arrow, Symbol representing "Combustible Fuel"
Green arrow, Symbol for "The Planet Saturn"
Purple Arrow, Symbol for "The Planet Jupiter"
Blue Arrow, Symbol for "The Planet Venus"

Yellow arrows, Though to be "Ignition and/or Breaking System
Green Arrows, Are these the controls to the spacecraft?
Blue arrow, "Oxygen System"
Purple arrow, Well cushioned "Head Rest"
Pink arrow, Notice the gravitational pull on the hair.

Blue arrow, Symbols representing "Extraterrestrials"
Yellow arrows, "Navigation System"
Green arrow, Symbol for "Food"

There were other things pointed out on the carving in the handout but this was all I could see clearly in the pictures I took.

This display was the alien prop from the 1994 Showtime Movie "Roswell".

This ended our tour of the UFO Museum.

Riding around we saw lots of little "Aliens" in Roswell.

I guess some aliens even came by wagon.

Upper right, MacDonalds is a Flying Saucer.

Upper right, even the lamp posts have eyes.

Goodbye from Roswell...Keep in Touch!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Traveling East and North in New Mexico on Saturday

April 14, 15, & 16, 2018


Up early enough on Saturday to see the sun rise it was a little cooler but the wind we had been experiencing the last couple of days was just a slight breeze. We have enjoyed out stay here at the Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, NM but it is time to move on. The plan for the day was to be on the road between 8 and 9 AM, we turned onto NM-9 at 9:15. We are headed to Roswell, NM our last official stop on this our 4th Adventure.

Site 51 was a perfect stie for the Stinger "B" water and 50 amps.

Pulling out.

Driving by Pat and Buddy's  home on wheels.
Safe Travels and hope to see you again down the road.

We are heading East on NM-9

Today's pictures of the road ahead are being taken through
a very dirty windshield that even "spot fix" cannot totally fix.

I am pretty sure I took this one because I could see the "fence" in the distance.
Looking South towards Mexico.

We are getting close to I-10

just north of El Paso.

Then we are in Texas

heading West on I-10 to Anthony, TX 

It may have been a short visit but, it is Texas after all,
there has to be at least one picture of the star.

The Stinger "B" has a full tank of diesel, Tom has cleaned her windshield,
and merging back on I-10 West we are back in New Mexico.

We are now cutting across from I-10 to US-54 and we are back in Texas.

The last couple of miles were a little bumpy. 

After stopping for diesel in Anthony, TX I put the name of a city on US-54 that was north of where we where on I-10 into Google Maps and "Hazel" very nicely directed us across to US-54. (We took exit 162 and went onto NM-404 heading East. Then we took a couple of different local roads which I do not remember the name of.) Reaching US-54 we headed North and from there we connected to US-70 going East at Tularosa, at Hondo US-380 merges with US-70, and this brought us to Roswell, NM and then Spring River RV Park our destination for the day.

We are back again in New Mexico were we will stay until Thursday
when we will visit Texas again.

Not sure what kind of tank this is but that is a picture
of a roadrunner on its side.

You may wonder why this picture?
Tom very seldom passes another vehicle so I like to document these moments.
Side note: I am not complaining, I could care less if we ever pass a vehicle.

The road ahead.

I had just mentioned, minutes before this, that we had not seen one
Border Patrol checkpoint and then ahead there it was.

A "red letter day" we are actually passing a second vehicle.

We could see what I believe is called a "Dust Devil"'

Then we could see tiny little tumble weeds twirling in the wind.
Then we felt it hit the side of the Stinger "B".

The road ahead's scenery did not disappoint one time today.

It is hard to see but at the peak is a white cross.

We saw these as we were driving through Mescalero on US-70.

There were several sections

and these are the ones I was able to capture.

The ones on our right were harder 

to get a clear shot of.

They were actually nicely done.

Some how I think the message is we are about to go downhill

and there may be falling rocks.

We could see a peek of something beautiful and
then we turned the corner ahead.

This without a doubt was my favorite view of the day.

New Mexico "grows" some of
the same kind of pine trees as Arizona.

You need to know that with Tom and I it is a on going joke.
We are passing a third vehicle, a wonderful old jeep.
I am pretty sure we passed more vehicles today then we have
in the past four months.

We must be getting close to Roswell the Aliens have appeared.

How can I not include a sign Welcoming us to Tinnie.

I cannot help myself, I have to say it.
The speed limit on US-70 is 70. I think it is cute.

We are in Roswell.


We attended Mass Sunday morning at the Assumption Catholic Church. We had the privilege of being there to witness a small group of their parish children receive their First Holy Communion.

This church had the most beautiful stained glass windows and each panel told a story.

These two, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sacred Heart of Mary,
or on either side of the entrance door.

After mass we went to breakfast at the Cowboy Cafe.
This is a tiny busy restaurant. We were directed to an L-shaped table,
it was the last one available. When the couple behind us had no were to sit
we offered them the other end of the "L". They were on their way home to
Phoenix. The conversation was excellent. No one thought of a picture.


Today we had planned on doing something then it turned into a Tom went to the laundry mat and I organized pictures and played blog "catch up".  That was about it for the day. No pictures and no more words.

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