Saturday, October 13, 2012
Day 39 - Roswell NM
This is horse country. On the way into town we passed Hunter Creek Farms which is a mare care facility. They have no stallions there and concentrate solely on the mares and babies. The mares are moved to an inside stall several days before foaling and then the mare and baby are moved to stalls with outside runs and finally paddocks. We saw a large group of mares out in one of the paddocks as we drove by. We also passed the Double Eagle Ranch which is a race horse training center. Their biggest claim to fame is that it is the home of Mine That Bird who won the Kentucky Derby.
We heard bird calls last night and thought they might have been geese (although it didn't sound quite like geese). Today we learned that these are lesser sandhill cranes. The birds have begun their winter migration and huge flocks of them are starting to show up in New Mexico now. We didn't see one up close as in the photo I borrowed from Wikipedia but did see and hear several large flocks in formation flying overhead.
There are exhibits that show replicas of the extra-terrestrial beings that were described by witnesses to the events.
Most of the shopping action is on either end of the Main Street where there are large malls and all the chain stores and restaurants you might care to frequent.
Notice the little green men up on the signs. Notice all the Spanish words on the signs.
We found diesel for 3.99 a gallon today. Odd that it seemed such a bargain. In 1972 when I got my first car (a Volkswagen Beetle) gas was .30 a gallon and it cost 3.00 to fill the tank! I can't decide if that makes me feel nostalgic or old.
I do know that the day left me feeling curious about the Roswell incident. I think that I will do some more research. It is a lovely evening here - cool and quiet. Who knows what might be seen in the night sky?