Last week, George and I drove to his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his family. He hadn’t made the drive in several years, and I had never been to Carlsbad, so we decided to make the most of our trip and take a slight detour to Carlsbad Caverns. I was sick with a bad cold for most of the week, but the morning we spent in Carlsbad was the first time I had felt slightly normal in days.
Even though I was in a bit of a drug-induced haze, Carlsbad Caverns was absolutely breathtaking. The pictures really don’t do it justice! I wish I had felt better so that we could have explored more of the caverns (the trek was physically exhausting, but so worth it). I was also giddy like a school girl to see snow on the ground! Snow on top of cactus is just a really strange sight.
We also stopped in Roswell, which is about an hour north of Carlsbad. We ate lunch at a cute little diner and explored a few of the campy UFO shops. Sadly, the UFO museum had closed early (it was the day before Thanksgiving), so we completely missed it. Luckily, we found a shop that had a UFO fun house/tour thing that was the cheesiest and best thing I’d ever seen (see fluorescent space picture above). That might have been my favorite memory of the entire trip – it was just so perfectly lame and charming and a memory that I will keep forever.
I love to travel, but I did not expect to have loved this road trip so much. It was the farthest I had ever traveled by car and I had expected to be bored to tears. It turned out to be the total opposite – it was so nice and peaceful to just have an audio book, the open road, and the dude I love by my side. Sometimes it’s nice to just put life on pause and get away.