We began our time in NM in Carlsbad. We checked into the KOA Kampground, pitched the tent and headed to the Caverns for the Bat Flight. The ranger explained that it wouldn’t be the black cloud of bats that you hear about due to a lower number of bats, but it was still spectacular! The next day we began our drive North on 285 to Roswell. I had heard it was pretty much a tourist trap and no more, this was true but still pretty cool! We did the UFO Museum, Gavin loved it! I found it fascinating to read about the incident that put Roswell on the map in July of 1947.
Moving on we drove north to I-40, then west to head north on 25 to Bernalillo, a smaller town on historic Route 66. Loved it here, so much we ended up stopping again on the way home. We stayed at another KOA here. We drove down to The Range Cafe’ for dinner, it had great reviews on Trip Advisor. It’s a good sized restaurant on the historical Route 66 decorated with local art. The service was some of the best we experienced on the entire road trip and the food was good, lot’s of green and red chile’s, we are in NM after all! Attached to the restaurant is a wonderful gift shop with a nice selection of local art, food stuff, wine, etc. I bought a beautiful cross made of cholla cactus with a piece of local turquoise in the top. Love! We struck up a lovely conversation with the sales lady, she invited us to stay with her family if needed on the return trip and gave us lots of tips on what to do on our way west through NM. Of course we ended up back here for breakfast and I had to have Huevos Rancheros! When in Rome right?
We ended up taking her advice and visited Acoma Sky City where the Acoma Indians live. You take a bus to the top of a 367-ft tall mesa where the adobe houses are built. Some of the local Indian people where set-up selling local pottery and bead work. The kids were drawn to one selling carved arrowheads, they each bought one as a necklace. Overall it was really interesting to learn about how they live, their past and culture, not to mention simply stunning views!
We continued our trip west on I-40, AKA Route 66, through Grants and Gallup crossing into Arizona.
Enjoy the pictures:-).