A couple of old stills on display at the UFO Museum in Roswell, NM.
Swamp gas? Hubcaps, probably not. CGI…..not in 1954.
Main St., Roswell, NM. and the highway ( I think 89?) leading north of Roswell. Interesting landscape.
I wish we could have had consistent Wi-Fi access throughout the trip. Posting after the fact isn’t as much run as real time. We used up our data plan about halfway through so even that wasn’t much help. So…..the images I post are not necessarily in sequence or matching the actual journey. My MacBook only has so much storage so I end up moving stuff to an external drive and then …..I get lazy and just grab whatever looks interesting to post.
My goal is to post as much of the Route 66 images as I can as they are central to this trip and are a fascinating look at America’s past and what happens when small towns, relying on travelers, are bypassed when a new, national highway system is put into place. The thought that kept going through my mind while viewing these ‘ghost towns’, if you will, is that it could happen anywhere, under the right circumstances. We passed through countless ex-towns that were abandoned due to highway changes or industry moving out. Many coal towns, once the mines were closed, were just deserted and left, leaving a ghostly impression on the landscape. If major businesses in a city of today just dried up or moved, who’s to say it couldn’t happen as it did in smaller towns?
docked in Seattle!
Some images from the UFO Museum on Main St., Roswell, NM. We took a detour from the Route 66 plan for a day or so to drop down to Roswell to see the UFO Museum and the general area where things happened in 1947. Without the draw of the Museum the town of Roswell might have become like many other towns we drove by on Route 66. People from all over the world travel to this area. There is actually a serious side ( research and documentation) to all of this that makes the detour for us worth it.
From the Mothership
docked in Seattle.
The Face on the Tree, although there is a slight resemblance to the Face on Mars, is from Roswell and the place we stayed for one night. Seems like everyone in Roswell is promoting weirdness as well as UFO research. The second shot is from the Grand Canyon. We spent a morning stopping at a few viewpoints and then I lost patience with all of the tour buses and ……well, just too many humans overrunning this national treasure.
Last night there was no viable WiFi, hence no posting. We stayed in Needles, CA. just at the beginning of the Mohave Desert. It was 115 degrees when we stopped for the evening around 7pm. Tonight in Vasilia , CA. it is a cool 100 degrees. As we head north the temps should cool down a bit, we hope.
Which brings me to this point: I had a reoccurrence of my food poisoning experience in Flagstaff, AZ two nights ago and we decided it was good to push a little harder to get home by Wednesday night so I could see the doctor on Thursday. We didn’t change our route/course, just the amount of miles we drive each day and we curt down the stay at Mt. Shasta to one night instead of two. So,…..I have emailed my doctor and hope to hear from him on Monday, which I think is tomorrow, right? I have totally lost track of days and days of the week over the past couple of weeks. I bought a $8 watch that doesn’t have those features, oddly enough. So….. I seemed to be untethered from the daily, weekly routines- which is a good place to be.
Also, all of the images I have been posting have been phone pics, with some editing. I do have nearly 1000 images on my two DSLR’s and a point and shoot camera to go through over the next weeks, so even though the journey will be over, the images will linger. If there was better wifi connections along this journey I would have attempted to post a few High Res images, but….. time constraints, etc.
I have a trip to New York set for the end of October so I hope I am finished with these images by then. When I get back from New York I actually have a wedding reception to shoot as well as a portfolio to shoot for a musician friend of mine. Going to be a busy Fall.
We have met some interesting people along this journey; this planet is worthy of preserving if we can find a way to get to a compromise and start working with nature rather then exploiting. One of my personal paradigm shifts was seeing all of the Wind Turbine farms in Nebraska and Iowa, two places I don’t think as all that progressive. They are way ahead of the rest of the nation. And, sadly, places like Arizona, which has all of that sunshine and few inhabitants did not have one wind turbine farm! Instead, what I saw were old, coal burning power plants in an ecosystem that could probably meet all of their power needs by solar. Something is really amiss with Arizona. I would bet the power lobby ( coal) has something to do with this situation. Really too bad. The coal bring power plants must be 50-75 years old and a blight on the landscape. Mountains of coal!!! Their coal has to be brought from elsewhere, so…….more waste in the system.
Anyway, I sit here using my one free hour of WiFi, hurriedly typing away while dripping with sweat; my fingers are literally slipping around the keys!!
from The Mothership.
Much like Route 66 is known as the Mother of all Highways, America’s Highway, etc. Roswell, for almost 70 years, has been the Mother of all UFO stories in modern times. Of course this is an oversimplification, but you get the idea.
After a long flight from Clinton, OK. we docked the Mothership in Roswell, New Mexico this evening. We were greeted by this little green man and some interesting cloud formations behind us. Temps were in the upper 90’s, but there were threats of thunderstorms. We actually passed through one on US 70 about 40 miles from Roswell.
The High Plains are really fascinating and devoid of humans. Not even any roadkill, as we have been seeing armadillos every few miles crossing Missouri and into Oklahoma.
This morning we stopped in Elk City, OK. to spend time at the National Route 66 museum. Great place to check out the history of the highway. We spent some time in a diner they had set up on the site and talked with a couple for some time. Human contact!
After Clinton we drove on Route 66 for a while and ran through a very strange place called Texola, near the Texas border. I took a lot of photos with my D610 and will be posting those after the journey has ended and I have time to do the usual editing. To see a town just get swallowed up by nature is really creepy; the people move out and nature moves in. There was a town in Mew Mexico I wished we had stopped at to walk around as it was even creepier. Elidia, ( I believe). This was supposedly still a vital town, right on US 70, but as we drove through every house was vacant and looked as though everyone packed up and left 20 years ago. If there was ever a ghost town this was it. I was creeped-out just driving through and didn’t think to stop until I had gotten over the shock of what I was seeing. I’m hoping we pass through some other old towns as we move West and North the next few days.
Planet America is a very diverse and unusual place!
till next time,
from the Mothership!