first on the list was Carlsbad Caverns. these caverns made it into the book - so they were a must see. despite some battery trouble,6 we made it to the park, which had incredible views.
since we didn't have a lot of time, we did the self-guided tour and had a fabulous time 790 feet below ground. the "big room" could house 6.2 football fields - so it was certainly a sight to be seen. as i have
our next stop was in Roswell, New Mexico. as many know, this is where
after reading reviews on trip advisor (i LOVE that site), we decided to skip the museum and headed to Alien Zone, which had tremendous photo opportunities (and exceptionally awesome t-shirts). i mean, where else can you readily defy gravity whilst hanging out with your favorite aliens?
we then drove. and drove. and drove. but did catch a full rainbow while passing through santa fe.
then we hit the mothership, er, the earthship (see previous post). a few of my favorite pictures from earthship land:
isn't it amazing how pretty recycled glass bottles can be? LOVE these things. we then got to see more of Taos, New Mexico - and then headed to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Mosca, Colorado. even though i am a Colorado native, i had never been before - and let me tell you - this park is AWESOME. next time i will come with the obligatory snowboard or cardboard box (we seriously saw both) so i can hike up there and slide down. but, for now, a couple pictures of that venture.
after returning from the ventures i got to go ATVing. i am a wee bit environmentally conflicted about such things - but partook after some heavy persuasion - and, i must say, it was really fun! i was decked out in my safety gear:
And got to see amazing views:
to wrap up our mini vacay, we were able to ride Sandia Peak Tramway near Albuquerque, New Mexico. once at the top, the 10,400 foot views
i could get used to this whole vacation not working thing. seriously.
1a very good place to start. does anyone else get The Sound of Music stuck in your head whenever you say this?[↩]
2i'm not trusting of 2 lane roads without medians. mostly because of a previous car accident (referenced in previous posts). this distrust leads me to want to road trip in a Hummer - which obviously conflicts with the whole tree hugger thing.[↩]
3debatably, alleys are not a place to see, particularly if one is focused on becoming an ethical lawyer.[↩]
4but i get to see it next week - and, from that day forward, my expectations of highway travel will likely be forever altered[↩]
5i wish i was joking[↩]
6we almost had to get a tow. it was no bueno.[↩]