Sunday, August 19, 2012

Road Trip #2 - 2012 - Day 3

Saturday, August 18 - Roswell, NM

Since we went to bed early the previous night, we were awake and moving around at 7:30 a.m. or there abouts.

The Husband got up, showered and went for a walk. Which seems a bit backwards to me, but who am I to question him?

While he was gone, I showered and dressed for the day. When he returned to the room, we went to the hotel office area and ate our free breakfast. You know, the breakfast they offer that consists of biscuits, toast, muffins, bagels, cereal, self-made waffles and hot food items. The hot food items are weird, pre-shaped eggs (supposedly scrambled), sausage patties, breakfast potatoes and sausage gravy. Don't get me wrong, we managed to make a decent breakfast from the menu. It's just that it is much nicer when our breakfast is made to order. Don't you agree?

Beginning odometer: 43,036
Departure time: 9:30 a.m.

After breakfast, we ventured out to a couple of flea markets.

And an antique mall:

We then high tailed it to the UFO Museum.

Click on the photo to enlarge it. Check out the eyes on the street lamp!

There is a lot of evidence to support the report of an alien crash landing on July 4, 1947 at about 11:50 p.m. If you don't believe me, visit the museum and see for yourself.

Model of crash site.

 Time line of the great cover-up.

How "they" stored the bodies. (Maybe.)

Message in the stall of the ladies room:

Look for these creatures (in the silver suit) when you are out and about.

After leaving the museum, we stopped in at the Roswell Antique Mall. We have no photo, but HERE is a link.

We needed a cold drink after so much excitement, so we stopped in at Farley's. We shared an appetizer and The Husband had a beer and I drank Diet Coke.

After leaving Farley's, The Husband wanted to find a restuarant named Billy Ray's, which had excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. We found it and decided to go in and look at the dinner menu. The Husband had a cup of good green chili and we both had martinis. These martinis were made with premium liquor and cost $6.25. Not $24.00, like I told you about here.

What? We are on vacation. It's okay to have a martini in the afternoon. Especially, since we returned to the hotel and had a nice long nap!

We returned to Billy Ray's in the evening for dinner. Let me just tell you, if you are ever in Roswell, NM you must eat at this establishment. The entire staff is very friendly and efficient. Todd, the chef, is outstanding. He will come out of the kitchen and introduce himself, answer any questions about the menu and generally just chat you up.

We shared the NM Beef Wellington, made with tortillas and served with rice and beans. We've had our share of excellent Beef Wellington in the past and Todd's version stands up to any of them. It was outstanding. The rice and beans were not the typical clumpy, mushy dishes served at the majority of Mexican restaurants. You could tell time was taken to cook and spice the ingredients properly. I recommend you click here and then click on the visitor photos to find one of the Beef Wellington. Chef Todd makes the effort to personalize the presentation of each dish before it is served, as reflected in these photos. We finished the meal with his divine, home made cheesecake covered in homemade caramel sauce. Fabulous!

I heartily recommend eating at Billy Ray's if you are ever in Roswell, NM. It is not to be missed!

Shortly after finishing our meal, the local population started arriving for karaoke night. Once the music started, Todd stopped by our table a number of times and gave us some background on the singers. Many have been attending karaoke twice a week for 14 years and singing the same songs. Over and over again. But, it was obvious they all were enjoying themselves.

Once the kitchen closed for the night, Todd introduced us to his lady friend and invited us to join them at their table. We enjoyed visiting with Todd and Kerry. We also really enjoyed them continuing to tell us the general backgrounds of the locals who came in to sing and socialize.

The Husband is convinced that a good writer could move to Roswell and write the next great American novel, based on observations at karaoke night and with a few aliens thrown in!

We stayed out too late with our new friends, but we had a great time. Thanks for the hospitality, Roswell. We'll be back!

End of day odometer: 43,082
Miles driven: 46

This is one of my favorite signs in town. I'm sure this phrase was used numerous times after the "alien incident."

Perhaps we should adopt this slogan during this presidential election cycle, what do you think? I'll do my part to not stir up mass hysteria about the candidates, if you will.

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