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Archive for October 16th, 2008

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

I’m on my way, leaving Carlsbad, NM right now after updating my site :-)

Today: Guadalupe Peak which is the HIGHEST point in the State of Texas. Go big when in Texas I am told.

Tomorrow: McKittric Canyon and then off to Wade’s in Hobbs, NM.


The Truth is Out There (Roswell, NM)

My friend Kelly is kinda? obsessed with the X-Files and even met Gillian Anderson (Scully) on the set of the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.

So I looked around for anything X-Files and didn’t find too much. Just 4 posters in the UFO museum.

I did however find a green blow up martian at the car dealership.

Street Lamps with Alien Heads

And a real alien


Into New Mexico and White Sands

I went over “Raton Pass” on I-25 from Colorado into New Mexico, and I was welcomed to bright, hot and sunny New Mexico?

Well, Raton Pass is actually 7800 feet above sea level, and they forecasted another 1-3 inches of snow the day I was driving through. Crazy!

Anyways, I drove from 8am to just before 4 when I arrived in Alamogordo, NM and stayed for a hotel for the first time on this trip. It was the price of 2 nights at a nice campsite, but hey, it was gloomy, cold and wet.

The next morning I headed off to White Sands National Monument.

It got Jumped (this one is for Jill who I’ll be seeing in Greenville, SC along with Kristen)

Handstanded (with only 1 hand!)

Car-Reflected

Crazy Planes probably with bombs

And I headed out of the park at about 1215 because at 1230 the park was closed…

Official notice I got and I quote:

“On occasion, White Sands Missile Range conducts test which include flights of missiles ver the park. For this reason, and for your safety, we must evacuate the area today.

YOU MUST EVACUATE THE PARK BY 12:30PM
The Missile test is scheduled from 1300HRS. to 1400HRS.

The Visitor Center will be open for your enjoyment during the missile test. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

Kevin Schneider
Superintendent

So, I headed out on my way to Roswell…


Colorado Wrap-up

Colorado was great, although I don’t think I could fall in love with it until I could hit the slopes and ride some powder. It was cool, but it seemed like other places I have been on my trip and after over 2 months, and without much of a plan now, it had started to take a toll on my psyche. I mean, being on the trip is awesome, but I wasn’t doing much, and just felt I was wasting my time just sitting around. On a good note I did learn more about current college and professional football (in HD), touch up on my Beer Pong skills, and a little guitar hero.

I stayed with Mr. Cheato and got to recharge after exploring California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. I bought a childs fishing poll and tied a mouse on the end for endless fun with his two cats. After a while they were more interested in the fishing line though.

After 9 days of chilling (including my one day in Rocky Mountain National Park), I departed Lafayette, Colorado and headed down to Colorado Springs. I had a rough plan, but was really ready to head home. I had had enough. I was being very “cranky” to say the least because I just didn’t see the point to all this anymore. The reason I had been streching it out was so I could see my friend Wade in Hobbs, NM on the 18th of October when he was off of work.

Turning Point…

This the the picture that cost me nearly 100 dollars. Read here.

From that moment on, when I got my wallet back… Everything was good. I mean seriously, that would have been SUCKY if it had happened. No ID, no Money, no Credit Cards… duude…

So, I enjoyed that night hanging out with Mr. French and then hit the road bright and early with a smile.