Southwest Part VI - Roswell & Santa Fe New Mexico June 27 2013

On our way back west we couldn't help but check out Bottomless Lakes National Park and take a dip.  Established in 1933 and located along the Pecos River, it was New Mexico's first National Park, where 9 small deep lakes were once caves that formed in ancient limestone reef escarpment.  As the river eroded, the caves collapsed and the river runoff formed the series of beautiful deep blue lakes.  Great for swimming if it weren't for the little snake I spotted on my way out!

Roswell was a funky town.  Not bad for vintage hunting.  In 1948 something crash-landed on a farm on a property in Roswell, NM.  The U.S. government claimed it was the debris from a top-secret space mission.  Townspeople seemed to accept that explanation until 30 years later, in the 70's folks started questioning.  Suddenly people recalled it was a UFO from outer space and claiming alien autopsies took place by the government that were being covered up.  Investigations in the 90's trumped these rumors but still no one is really sure what hit Roswell.  Whatever it was put the town on the map.

By the time we got to Santa Fe we were ready for a little more of the outdoors so we camped in Hyde Memorial State Park which was very convenient for trips into town and not to mention trips to the infamous 10,000 waves Japanese-style spa.  Mainly we spent our time hunting for vintage and great Native American crafts, but we did not skimp on the hiking and were very impressed with the breathtaking views of the old pueblo town from the mountain tops of the state park we called home for a few days.

The Turquoise Trail Indian reservations and Route 66 were fabulous on the way home and as much as we love the road we agree with Dorothy of OZ when we say, "There is no place like home".