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Monday, January 8, 2018

kirchoff travel diaries: on the road to roswell

When I planned this trip I really wanted to make sure the road trip was part of the vacation...not just the means to the destination. This was our first family big road trip and while I was excited about the adventure, I was also a little nervous about how Amelia would hold up in the car for such a long period of time. Our first destination was Roswell, New Mexico...about 8 hours away. So early on Tuesday morning we were loaded up and ready to go. We drove until lunch time and decided to take a nice long break for lunch. We found a burger place where the kids could hang out and we could get some good food. After that we hopped in the car on the road to Roswell. One thing I learned from this trip was to keep expectations low. I am a naturally optimistic so I convinced myself that the car ride was going to be a disaster. The kids would be crazy and complain and Amelia would just cry. The good thing about that thinking is as long it wasn't that bad we were okay. And thankfully it wasn't. The boys were perfect and Amelia took a nice long nap and only lost her mind for the last 15 minutes of the drive. Thank goodness for old Halloween candy. I had two small boxes of Nerds candy I gave her and that kept her quit the rest of the way. We pulled into Roswell around dinner time, checked into the hotel, grabbed dinner and then went to sleep. We were all tired from the long day in the car.

The next morning we woke up early, packed up, grabbed breakfast and headed to downtown Roswell to see the UFO Museum. In case you are unaware, there are stories of a UFO that landed on a man's land in the 50s and people believe that the government covered it up {more here}. So the whole town is all about aliens...even the street lights.


This museum was actually really cool. 




And a little creepy 😉






Overall Roswell was a really fun town. I highly recommend stopping by if you get a chance. We loved it! After all that morning fun we were off for the mountains and Angel Fire!

One thing I have learned on our vacations is to always expect the unexpected. We left Roswell with a little over a half tank of gas and just figured we would have plenty of options to get gas. Oh boy were we wrong! So in New Mexico you can drive for hours with absolutely nothing around you. We were excited to hop on the historic Route 66 for part of the drive but unfortunately were worried for the last part of the drive that we were going to run out of gas on Route 66. Thankfully we puffed into a gas station with 0 miles to empty showing on my tank. Moral of the story...always make sure you have a full tank of gas when traveling to a new location.

We rolled into Angel Fire that evening after a quick trip to a grocery store. WE got our room, unpacked and relaxed! 


We were so excited to see what day 3 of our vacation had in store for us!

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