Until next time America.
We were in Roswell, New Mexico sleeping peacefully in our hotel when suddenly my eyelids fluttered open and I was blinded by a bright spotlight piercing through the curtains. I blinked and rubbed my eyes trying to look past the light to its source. I flung the covers off of me and went to step out of bed when much to my shock I realized the beam of light was engulfing me and was pulling me towards the window leaving my body to hover three feet off the floor. I lurched upright but the weightlessness of my body sent me hurling head over heals and I tumbled that way outside the window still swallowed up by the beam of light. I shielded my eyes from the strong illumination, and as my body came to rest upright, I was able to catch a glimpse of the large silver underbelly of a spaceship - my scream echoed off the street below as the ship quietly swallowed me up…
That would have made a really cool story- wouldn’t it have? But sadly nobody was abducted here at A100. Our day in Roswell really started with a complementary breakfast at the hotel and then a quick search through town for a mini golf course. We were hoping for a place with big plastic alien hazards that we would have to putt our mini golf balls through. No such luck though - I think Roswell is missing out on a huge market there. We did find an interesting museum however, so we pulled up and parked outside of the International UFO Museum and Research Center. That’s right - “and Research Center.”
The museum itself was pretty small compared to other museums we had been to but was filled with interesting artifacts from Roswell’s most famous historical affair. The Roswell UFO Incident actually didn’t occur in Roswell at all, but in an even smaller town nearby. However, the events on that interesting July day in 1947 have been the source of great controversy though out history ever since. Whether the debris that was recovered at the crash site was actually just weather balloon material or really artifacts from an alien craft only the military seems to know - and they plan on keeping it that way so wonder all you want America, they still won’t budge.
Roswell’s UFO museum walls were lined with affidavits from people in the area who describe the events that unfolded that strange day and who feed the conspiracy by suggesting that the government demanded silence from those who had been involved. We looked around at the different newspaper pages and legal documents that described what had happened in the small town near Roswell and tried to imagine the excitement this small corner of New Mexico has seen since then.
Roswell was an important part of our trip - an iconic spot in America on a trip which was set up to celebrate the most interesting sides of this great nation - however- today was going to have a pretty major finale. After leaving the International UFO Museum and Research Center we were headed to The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo Texas for Joey’s eating challenge. This event deserves a post of its own from the man under pressure so, take it away Joey.
Until next time America.