Thursday, May 26, 2016

Day 5, May 26, 2016 - Alpine to Roswell

Got out of Alpine about 7:30 AM after a nice night at the Alpine HIE.  The ballpark we didn't visit last night looked pretty nice, and it did rain about the time we would have been at the ghost light viewing area.  After we got through the Davis Mountains, we stopped at a roadside site we'd noticed the day before. It's a memorial for "all the horses, mules & burros that passed by on their way to be slaughtered."

After a gas stop at Pecos, then up a long & busy road to Carlsbad, with lots of oil field truck traffic.  At Carlsbad, we stopped at the Info Center for advice on lunch, then paid a visit to the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center.  This museum has a small but solid art collection, and an in-process model of the town in an earlier day, complete with railroads and moving parts.  This is where we found a lady who is from Stover, MO.  We also recommend the green chile cheeseburgers and the ice cream at Kaleidoscoops.

After a short stop at the Artesia Library to see the Peter Hurd mural
we pressed on to Roswell.  A quick stop at the UFO Museum gift shop for a set of antennae, we headed for the Roswell Museum & Art Center, with it excellent art galleries as well as local & regional history and Robert Goddard's rocketry.

Final stop was the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, which has an Artist in Residence program and is full of the work of current & past program participants.  The large galleries have plenty of space for a wide variety of works.  Whatever your taste in art, you'll likely find works that you like (& don't care for - the collection is eclectic).

Supper was at Los Ceritos, a very good resta, urant, and we're hanging out in our room at the Candlewood Suites.  Tomorrow it's on to TorC, via Lincoln, Ft. Stanton, Carrizozo, & Socorro.

264.8 miles on the trip, 1410 for the trip.

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