Roswell, NM: a Trip to Alien Country

In October of 2017 my mom and I took a road trip through central New Mexico. Our main destination was Roswell, New Mexico, home of the infamous UFO incident on 1947.

I’ve been reading about Roswell and the UFO incident since I was a child. I was often drawn to the strange, esoteric, and extraterrestrial. This was a destination I always wanted to visit but never thought I’d get the chance. I never traveled very often, and New Mexico just wasn’t in the plans.

From the photo booth at the International UFO Museum and Research Center. Yes, the alien is picking my nose in the last one.

Then my mom moved to New Mexico in 2016. She had lived in the state for over a year before but had never ventured this far east. Our trip gave her a chance to explore her new state. How lucky for me!

Here’ what we saw:

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2 Outfits for My Trip to the Desert

I’m going to visit my family in New Mexico in March and I’m starting early with my outfit planning. Forever 21 had a buy one get one free sale on their clearance items a few weeks ago, so I picked up two great tops that will be perfect for my trip to the desert!

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Fox Cave: New Mexico’s Best Tourist Trap

In October of 2017 my mom and I took a road trip through central New Mexico. The first leg of our trip took us down Route 70, where we stopped at Fox Cave to break up the trip to Roswell.

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Fox Cave isn’t a cave that you tour like Carlsbad Caverns. The actual cave is in the gift shop. It’s educational, but not slick like a modern museum.

That doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth a visit. In my opinion, this place is New Mexico’s best tourist trap.

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New Mexico Road Trip Mini Scrapbook

This is a cute little scrapbook that I made after my mom and I took a 4-day road trip in New Mexico in 2017. I’m planning another trip out to visit her in March so I’m reminiscing about my first New Mexico experience.

All of the images that I used in my scrapbook are photos printed from my phone, instant photos from my Instax mini, or clippings from papers I picked up along my way. When I’m travelling I tend to accumulate a bunch of paper ephemera: brochures, flyers, postcards, maps, informational handouts, admission tickets, wrist bands, even stickers. At the end of every day on a trip I transfer any paper that I’ve picked up throughout the day into my suitcase. When I get home, I go through them and keep anything that’s interesting or important. This project was a great way to display the things that I wanted to remember and not have to hang on to a bunch of extra stuff!

Here’s how I put it together:

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(Another) Gray Day at Longwood Gardens

On a rare foggy & 50 degree January day, I went to Longwood Gardens. I have a membership to the gardens so I like to go as often as possible. When I arrived, I was disappointed to see that the Conservatory was closed. This ended up challenging me to visit more of the gardens, and I saw a few things that I had never seen before!

Flower Garden Drive with an ominous mist in the hanging orbs
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My Year in Review: Highlights of 2018 in 12 Photos

I took a brief blogging hiatus this last week to unwind from the Christmas festivities, and to take time to reflect on 2018. I went through my Instagram (follow me!) and chose a photo from every month of this past year that highlights something cool that I did, made, or ate.

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Birthday Spa Trip to the Lodge at Woodloch

My birthday was October 12th! Like last year, my sweetie took me to the Lodge at Woodloch for a few days of spa treatments and hanging out in the woods to celebrate. We had a great time, like always!

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A Gray Day at Longwood Gardens

Last Friday I went to Longwood Gardens by myself for a quiet afternoon. The outdoor gardens were pretty crowded when I got there, but once the rain started, the people disappeared. The forecast hadn’t called for rain, but luckily I had my umbrella.

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I started out in the Garden Walk. Usually I feel rushed because the walkway is so narrow. It was quite peaceful and pleasant with no other people!

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Pocono Snake and Animal Farm: It IS More Fun Than a Zoo!

On our way home from the Lodge at Woodloch we stopped at Pocono Snake & Animal Farm in Marshall’s Creek, Pennsylvania. This was my second time visiting, and it definitely won’t be my last.

Pocono Snake and Animal Farm is a family-run animal sanctuary that has been open since the early 1970’s. They don’t rehabilitate animals, but they give a home to critters great and small that can no longer be taken care of by their original owners. It has a very DIY atmosphere.

My second favorite critter to visit here is the SNAKE THAT KILLED A GUY. YES, I said SNAKE THAT KILLED A GUY.

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