Monday, September 15, 2008

Roswell, New Mexico

In the arid lands of New Mexico is a city know as the dairy capitol of the Southwest. There is also a city that hosts one of the largest suspected government cover-ups of aliens from outer space. Would you believe they are both the same city? That city is Roswell.

With all of the conspiracy hype on the internet about Roswell, and all of the documentaries produced about aliens and UFO’s which prominently featured Roswell, I expected the town to be a bit of a tourist trap; sort of like Disneyland, only Mickey would be replaced by a little green man with no ears at all. However, this was not the case at all. The overwhelming majority of the city looked much like any other small-to-mid-sized city.

That is not to say that there were no touristy alien-themed boutiques and d├ęcor. At random spots throughout the town you would see little splashes of good-humored green man mythology. In the old downtown section of the city, there has been a tourist-oriented revitalization, replete with alien-eyed street lights and many Martian souvenir shops.

All in all, it was a fun quick visit. The funny thing is, although it's supposed to be the dairy capitol of the Southwest, I didn't see a single cow in town, or on the way to and from town. Where did all these cows go? Maybe they were abducted by aliens!!!

Sam's silly slant on the alien legend

Outside one of the alien gift shops

Cool alien art at the downtown theater