Bittersweet emotions filled our hearts as we left Taos, New Mexico. My husband Rick and I had truly grown to love Taos during our brief stay at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House for the retreat that Jill Badonsky conducted. The experience enhanced our sense of wonder, our imaginations, our creative spirits, and I know we will return.
At 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016, we continued our road trip adventure into the mountain and desert landscapes of New Mexico as we headed south to Roswell on NM-518. Taos is about 257 miles from Roswell; and it would take us about 4.5 hours to reach our destination. The first 90 minutes were filled with breathtaking mountain vistas as you can see in the photos below.
We stopped off as often as we could to capture images both physically and in our hearts. As the landscape went from hilly to level, we found that we could see across the plain for miles and miles. And, in the distance an eerie storm inched closer and closer as our journey put us on a path towards it. The cascade of rain fell upon us like a waterfall; it was as if we were going through a car wash sent down from the heavens. While it only lasted minutes as we plowed through that thunderstorm complete with bolts of lightning that rattled our nerves, in the midst of that deluge, it felt like a lifetime.
On the other side of that freaky thunderstorm, the air and the roads seemed bone dry; and, a bit further up the road was a dust storm. ONE word came to my mind, BIZARRE! No wonder the people in the vicinity of Roswell believe in U.F.O.s and extraterrestrials. The weather patterns were enough to make me pause and wonder.
The time was close 6:00 p.m. when we got to Roswell. We decided to check into a motel 6. We then had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant called El Tapatio. The food was fabulous with generous portions of authentic Mexican food at sensible prices. We got there just before the Saturday evening dinner rush.
After our meal we went back to the motel 6 down, which was less than 2 miles down the road and turned in for the night. Tomorrow I will share our experience at the U.F.O. museum and our drive to Texas.
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