Roswell, NM - 03/07/2012

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International UFO Museum & Research Center

Today was such a fun, different day.  We drove up to Roswell, New Mexico, home of the International UFO Museum & Research Center.  What a fun little place this was!  It was in the downtown area of Roswell, which of course tries to play up the UFO theme for tourists.

Where we are from

We were actually kind of surprised at not only how many people were there when we were there, but also how many people come on a regular basis.  The have a bulletin board with a map that they ask people to put a pin on where they are from.  There are a lot of pins on there, but what makes it interesting is that the clean it off at the end of every month.  So what was there when we were there was from just the past seven days!  That's a lot of people!

A model of the 1947 crash site

The museum and research center all began from the alleged UFO crash in 1947, on a ranch near Roswell, and the government 'cover-up' that followed.  Whether you believe in UFOs and aliens or not, this museum certainly has a lot of evidence that, at a minimum, makes you think.

An alien display
There is complete coverage of the 1947 incident and cover-up, from newspaper clippings to personal accounts.  There is also information about other sightings, abductions, and how UFOs have been portrayed in the media.  There are a couple of 'alien' bodies on display, too.  It made for some great picture taking opportunities.

Entrance to the Research Library

One part we found fascinating was the research center.  This part of the museum, which we think is probably passed over by visitors, was almost as big as the exhibit areas.  It contained one family's entire collection of UFO research, plus research of countless others.  There were newspapers, magazines, audio tapes, books, and much, much more.  Apparently this topic has a bigger following than I was aware of!

After we finished at the museum and did some alien souvenir shopping, we headed to the city of Roswell's Spring River Park & Zoo.  This great little place was mentioned on several different travel web sites as a great place to take the kids.  There is a park, a longhorn ranch, a children's zoo and fishing pond - all for FREE!  We think that during the winter there probably aren't as many animals as there might be in the summer, but there was still a lot to see.  There were bison, foxes, deer, prairie dogs (everywhere!), peacocks, owls, and more.  We really got a kick out of seeing all of these animals, especially since it was free and we were the only ones there!

Each animal is eligible to be sponsored by an individual, a family, or a group of any kind.  These sponsors help provide the funding for the animals to be cared for.  This is part of what allows the zoo to have free admission.

Rachael chasing a peacock
Chrissy loved all the animals, Michael really enjoyed the ring-tailed lemurs, and Rachael wanted to chase the peacocks.  We took some video of that simply because it was hilarious to watch her running after these peacocks.  We were sure it wasn't going to end well, but it was all fine.

Playground space ship
We had just a few minutes for the kids to play on the playground before the park closed.

That ended our long day in Roswell. Tomorrow we are headed towards Arizona.  The weather is looking questionable, so I'm not sure how far we will make it.

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