Sadly, the last day of my birthday adventure arrived…I was having so much fun, I just wasn’t ready for it to end. Luckily, we still had a few activities in store for the day. After another amazing breakfast at the Mauger Estate Bed and Breakfast Inn (this time by Linda, the other innkeeper), Brandon and I decided to walk to old town Albuquerque. The walk was only about a mile, but boy did it seem longer. We nearly turned around to get our car and drive when we stumbled upon the start of the old town. It was just precious. All the buildings were made out of adobe and were surrounding a beautiful old-style church.
We did a bit of souvenir shopping in the old town and then made our way to the museums, which were conveniently located right next to old town. Brandon is a bit of a history buff, so he was extremely excited to visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. I’m not into history so much, but after Brandon did so many wonderful things for me this weekend, I was excited that we were about to do something he really wanted. Surprisingly, I had a wonderful time at the museum. The exhibits were laid out in an interesting way and were extremely well-designed. Much of the museum had an interactive feel, which even drew me in. There were dinosaurs and volcanos and caves and sea…what else could you ask for in a museum? It was great.
We spent several hours in the museum before we had our fill. Our intent was to head to another museum, when we had a revelation. Roswell was on the way to Texas. What better way to end the trip that with an extraterrestrial experience? So we rushed back to our car and made our way to Roswell, New Mexico.
The drive was…interesting…to put it lightly. Halfway to Roswell, we entered what seemed like a ghost town. All the buildings were rundown or destroyed and we didn’t see one person in the entire town. It was weird. Almost immediately after leaving the ghost town, we drove right into a cloud. For nearly 10 miles, we couldn’t see anything around us, as we were surrounded by a white thickness. Again, it was weird. Both of us were convinced that all the weirdness was part of the Roswell conspiracy. Too bad we couldn’t prove it.
Finally we made it to Roswell and headed straight to the International UFO Museum. I was pretty excited to see what kinds of things I would learn here – UFOs and the sort have always been interesting to me. Unfortunately, the museum was a little disappointing. The theme had so much potential, but the excitement just wasn’t there. I found the information interesting, but that was about it. It was just hundreds of papers taped to the walls, but there wasn’t a lot of visual interest. Once the museum closed, Brandon and I walked around Roswell for a bit, trying to find some alien souvenirs. Eventually we tired of our alien search and decided it was time to head for home.
The ride home was much more difficult than the ride to New Mexico. I was much more tired after a long birthday weekend and had a difficult time staying awake. Then, it started pouring, making the late-night drive on a lampless road even more terrifying. This was the first time in my whole weekend that I was just ready to be home. I didn’t want to be in the car anymore. But we trucked through and made it back to Austin around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Right into bed we went and slept till late in the morning the next day.
Overall, my birthday weekend was one for the books. I had an amazing time and wonderful company and I can’t wait for the next one! What about you? What are some memorable trips you’ve taken?