Roswell that ends well

Roswell is a small town that caught a lucky break when something fell from the sky in 1947. Not many people know what actually landed in that desolate field, and several explanations exists, but the events that followed are peculiar by anyone’s standard. Since then, the small town of 50,000 have been the source of many things alien. The reason I know all this, besides the fact that it’s a huge pop-cultural reference, is, of course, that I just visited the Roswell UFO Museum and research center.

The UFO museum, Roswell.

What the sign says.

What the museum lacks in size it more then makes up for in newspaper clippings, pictures and written statements from eye witnesses. I’m left with a sense of.. hmmm. There was definitely some strange things going on, though I doubt it had anything to do with aliens. It would have made an excellent masters degree in the field of media studies, tied into the whole flying saucer phenomenon around WWII for reference. In any case, the city now lives off it’s alien history while keeping it as real as you can when it comes to extraterrestrials. And, to my great pleasure, not a single of those stupid bong-smoking aliens you see on t-shirts in tourist areas across the southern parts of Europe.

Main street.

Main street.

As for the rest of Roswell, it’s a nice place to visit if you are ever in the area. A small town with enough tourists to sustain businesses that wouldn’t survive in other towns, it’s still niche enough to retain that small town feeling. Main street probably look the same way as it did 50 years ago, only with cooler cars. And there’s a great diner called “Not of this World” worth checking out.

Another thing this part of the US is known for. Cows, as far as the eye can see.

Another thing this part of the US is known for. Cows, as far as the eye can see.

We spent the first half of the day in Roswell, then got started on the long trip back to Boston. On the way north we came by the Palo Duro Canyon, a canyon made state park complete with roads and areas for camping. We also passed a thunderstorm, quite a sight when it’s pitch black and the lightning illuminates the horizon.  Close to midnight we arrived in Dodge City, Kansas.

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