|The next place I visited was New Mexico and I only had time to see the highlights of the southeastern corner. First, I went to Alamogordo where I visited the International Space Museum and White Sands National Monument. Here's the outside of the museum
They had lots of rockets and other space euipment on display outside
This museum was about the history of space flight, both manned and unmanned and the many contributions New Mexico has made to it. They had a hall of fame with many recognizable names, including people like Copernicus and Gailileo who have been dead for 400 years or so. I'm sure they were very honored to be inducted! Here is a sight that may be familiar to the more mature of us
as he was considered the "expert" among newscasters of the day. Here is a space capsule
and a space suit
Another interesting section showed how astronauts do all the ordinary things we all do in our daily lives. Here is a variety of foods that have been sent
They had a little booth where you could get "training" to land a space shuttle, which I failed.
Next I traveled about 20 miles to visit the White Sands National Monument.
I checked in here and browsed through the small museum but the interactive was being repaired. Here's a shot that shows how it got its name
Here's a dry alkali lake Eddie and I stopped to explore.
We stopped here also to walk down the boardwalk among these dunes
There were lots of signs explaining what you saw, including the plants and critters. I thought this was neat
but of course, I do not know what it is called. You can rent saucers at the visitor center to go sledding like these folks did
You can tell it's not snow only because of how they were dressed. It was about 70 degrees that day. I drove through some more moutains to get to Carlsbad. It was very beautiful but my camera was malfunctioing that day. I did go to the famous caverns which are really indescribaly beautiful. Here is an ancient cave dwelling inside the park, on the way to the visitor center.
I used my national park pass again and chose to go on the self- guided tour but I did rent an audio device which explains many of the various sights. Here is a sign explaining the big room which couldn't even begin to be shown through photos
These formations are almost touching.
This one is called Lion's Tail
and this is Fairyland
For the more adventerous, you can go on tours with a ranger where you go into darker portions of the cave with only headlamps like these folks I met on the elevator
The men at least were in the military so that might explain their thirst for danger. Of course, I had to visit Roswell and the alien museum. Here's a shot of the streetlights there.
and the front of the museum
Here's a view of the lobby
and one of the displays
They also had this scale model of the famous crash site
and this realistic display
I only spent 30 minutes or so inside and that was more than enough for me. Next I started homeward but still managed to see a few interesting things along the way. Stay tuned.