Thursday, October 19, 2017

Roswell, NM

I had just one thing I wanted to do in Roswell visit the UFO Museum.  So, off we went to visit the UFO Museum and Research Library. Oh boy!
Lots of  newspaper and magazine articles you can spend lots of time reading.  Also plenty of signed affidavits by all involved who claimed that the Air Force participated in a major coverup of the true story. The locals involved all believe there was a space craft and that there were 3 aliens in it.  Two were dead and the third was taken somewhere.....
There is even a film shown with either the locals involved telling their story or wives, kids, sons and sisters telling what they remember of the story.  We only watched a few minutes of the film before Fred had trouble keeping awake.  As we left the showing I saw a few others were asleep.
There is a space ship model and aliens on display. Lots of us had to get our pictures taken in front of the display.  

The research part is when a dig took place in the late 1980s at the site.  Pictures showed folks doing archeological type digging and saving lots of dirt in bags in a room somewhere.
The museum is a real tourist thing that the town of Roswell is keeping alive. 
It was okay to see if you happen to be in the area.

Onward and upward.......
Michelle and Fred

Traveling the country so you don't have to!

On to Carlsbad Caverns NM

We had a slight detour on our New Mexico trip, which lead us to spend three wonderful days with our cousins DJ and Diane in Centennial Colorado.  We saw lots of fall colors there, had great meals prepared by Diane and Fred, enjoyed lots of good wine and many laughs.  Just a great time!

Once we left them, we headed along country roads to Taos.  It was a beautiful fall day with lots of color along the way.  It was low 70s when we arrived in Taos, but did get down to mid 20s overnight.  Our room was very comfortable and included a fireplace to make it feel not just cozy but romantic. Lovely!

Our next stop was Santuario Chimayo.  This is a church with Holy Dirt. There is a room full of canes and crutches that have been left by those saved by touching the dirt.
We continued on to Carlsbad NM and the Carlsbad  Caverns.  The caverns are 750 feet below ground. You can take an elevator down and up or you can hike the 1.25 miles down.  We chose to take the hike down, which took 50 minutes.  It is quite steep at times, but has handrails and enough lights to see all along the way.  I was unsure about doing this hike, but was really glad that we did.  It was such a different view from what we saw at the bottom.  By the time we did the Big Room hike at the bottom, another 1.25 miles we were happy for the elevator up.  We really enjoyed our day there.

On to see aliens next.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Monday, August 7, 2017

a hitch in our gitty-up

We're on the Ohio/Kentucky border since Saturday afternoon.  Our fine ride has come into the campground with a bit of a limp.  We have check engine light on, rough idle and strong smell of gas. It being the weekend, we will have to wait till Monday morning to have a local shop take a look at it.

We did manage to get to visit with more Inmans while we were here, not as much as originally hoped, but we ended up being less mobile than planned.  We talked and talked, took a picture and received more pictures.  We will be back, we promise.

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Charlene, James, Libby and Fred Inman

I also realized that my clothes had all fallen down in my closet.  One side of rod was pulled out.  My dearest "tells" me that I have brought too many clothes and that is what caused the problem.  Now I ask you, what's a girl to do when it was  to be a 4 month trip in all kinds of weather?  Amazing man that he is, he was able to fix the problem.  I have also removed some of the items to make the weight lighter.

It's now Monday afternoon and all is well with our ride.  It had an O ring that gave up and caused the problems.  We got very lucky that the gas leak never hit a hot engine area.

So, just to keep things exciting, Freds' body decided to give him a kidney stone.

The fun keeps rolling on!
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Road to Michigan

Peshtigo Wisconsin was an interesting stop for us.  The city owned, Badger RV Park and many of the RVs were decorated for Christmas.  Seems it was a family reunion and that was their theme for the weekend.  I did not get a chance to take pictures of the RVs, but did get some of the campground.
After dinner and showers we went walking around in town.  Sunday evening and not much happening here.  We soon found ourselves in front of the Fire Museum.  This town suffered much loss of property and many of the inhabitants lost their lives during an enormous forest fire. Unfortunately, the museum was closed when we arrived there.  Oh well, another time ....

Next stop on our eastward roll was Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.  This is our second time here to watch the tankers moving materials thru the Soo Locks.  We camped at the city Aune-Osborn campground, which is right on the St Mary River.  It's pretty relaxing to sit in your lawn chair and watch the boats glide by.  At least we think so.  First night we ate at the Antlers(see pic below), where I had yummy walleye fish and Fred had a burger. Second night we ate at Frank's Place and had the spaghetti pie for two.  We had some again last night and still have another nights worth.  Guess we would say it was more for 4 than 2.

We're now near Ann Arbor and will be meeting some friends that we met while at Bettys' RV in Abbeville La.  Looking forward to sharing travel/camping stories.

Tomorrow we're off to Ohio.  First stop is to visit Warren G Hardings home. Then on to visit some Inman family who live near Cincinnati.

Onward we roll,
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saint Paul & Minneapolis

A delightful area.  We arrived here early yesterday afternoon, so had time to explore a bit.  We stayed on the Saint Paul side of the twin cities.  Took a great 1.5 hr tour  of the James J Hill mansion. He was a railroad baron, the Great Northern Railroad. He also contributed greatly to the area, including being a founding member of the Minneapolis Art Museum.  F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up in this same neighborhood and was a play friend of some of the Hill children. This is a beautiful area to walk or drive and take is some of the beautiful scenery and  large houses.  There are also some chic $$$ restaurants not to far away.

We then ambled across the street to visit the Saint Paul Cathedral. Pretty impressive looking from the outside, even for us jaded European cathedral seekers. Worth the look if you're here.

German wood worker left his face in elaborate door frame


Today we went off exploring some areas of Minneapolis. First stop was the Mill City Musem. The Washburn A Mill was built in 1866 along the St Anthony Falls and opened in 1874.  The mill suffered a gigantic explosion, caused by flour particles filling the air and destroying most of the mill. At the time of the explosion the roof went 100 feet in the air, according to eyewitnesses.  In 1880 a new mill was built, which became Gold Medal Flour.  The mill finally closed in 1965 due to financial reasons.
Across the river you can still see the original Pillsbury Mill dating back to the 1900s.
The Mill City Museum is well worth the time you will spend there.

St Anthony's Fall

Original Pillsbury Mill from 1900s

large vacuum added after explosion

Last stop for the day was the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  James J Hill donated many of the art works he had collected, especially Corot. They have 2 Pierre Bonnard pieces, which made us francofiles happy. It has a diverse and extensive collection, well worth viewing.  Our feet were finally saying "time to go".

street art


We move on to Wisconsin tomorrow night, then two nights in Upper Michigan at a favorite spot, Sault Ste Marie. Stay tuned.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!