-our efficient pilot and co-pilot (notice the co-pilot is a bit more focused lol)
Does anyone like to play Find the differences?? Look back at the blog Gotta travel on… and find what Norm was doing on the almost exact picture lol
And then, we arrive in New Mexico.
Welcome to Roswell! You cannot go through Roswell without stopping at the UFO MUSEUM.
Lots to read and lots to take in. Of course if you are familiar with the July 1947 flying saucer crash near Roswell and the four little “alien” crew,
it just confirms everything… if you are a believer.
We’re not sure why the aliens would pick Roswell to visit… but it wasn’t for the scenery.
Onward ho to Ruidoso. So much more scenic…
When we get to our campsite, we learn of the Christmas Jubilee. So off Yolande and I go to this shopping extravaganza. What beautiful artwork and craftmanship. However, we did remember that we were flying home…
What a great family event. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about??
‘Long, long time ago
I can still remember how
That music used to make me smile’
Don McLean by singing ‘the day that he died’ in the song American Pie most certainly referred to the tragic death of Buddy Holly.
The Buddy Holly Centre in Lubbock was all we expected.
Although Roger and I have visited the Centre before, there is always something missed. Norm and Yolande were moved by the story of Buddy Holly’s short lived career… Entering high school, Buddy already mastered the guitar, the banjo and the mandolin. He toured the U.S.A, England and Australia in 18 months and had many songs in the charts, including a # 1 song, That’ll be the day that I die…
Then, one plane crash and ‘the music died’. We cannot help to wonder what his career would have become had he lived passed the age of 22…
The Centre also features an art gallery with traveling exhibitions. The Celebracion exhibition is comprised of mostly creations of mixed media. Can you believe the flowers are made of vinyl records?
Lunch at the Triple J Chophouse & Brew was terrific. Norm and Roger had a beer from the in house brewery, the Raider Red.
Guess what desert we brought home lol Of course, praline bread pudding 😊
The restaurant’s walls were covered with memorabilia…and very funny signs lol
After reading this one,
Yolande and I came up with this one…
Wanted : Good Man
Must be able to cook, fix anything,
and give foot massages.
Cannot be a snorer, a smoker or a hunter
Must have classic car and motorcycle.
Please send picture of motorcycle 🙂
After lunch, we visited The American Windmill Museum which incorporates the world’s largest windmill collection,
one of the largest grinding mill stones collection, a 3,000 foot mainline track of miniature trains
and the Reeds collection of miniature houses.
We saw why it is internationally acclaimed.
There is another main attraction in Lubbock, but we did not have to visit as we already were seeing the little creatures appear everywhere… Can you see and tell what they are? Hint : they are found in the Canadian prairies as well and resemble our ground hogs, although they are much smaller…
Buddy Holly sang Gotta Travel On as the opening song on his final tour in January and February 1959.
He was 22 years old.
_________________________________________________________________________________________ After some delay on our travels yesterday, we stop in Sherman,TX to experience a rare (and sleepless) Wal Mart overnight stay. Will be even rarer lol
We did avoid driving in a severe thunderstorm… As you see, a frightened Yolande immediately crawls under the table…(She is actually getting the napkins stored in a cupboard lol)
From Sherman, you can drive on Hwy 82 all the way to Lubbock, avoiding Dallas’ traffic. You can’t miss a turn though… Luckily, pilot and co-pilot are doing a good job:)
The road is actually better than our Hwy 17, although a bit boring as far as landscape. Unbelievably, the speed limit is 75 mph. (125 km per hour)
Looking forward to visiting the Buddy Holly Centre tomorrow.
Get ready guys. You won at Sequence last night but not tonight!!
If it is any consolation for some of you, it is 0 degrees when we land in Lubbock…
Thanks for all the comments. Truly motivating.
Natalie asked the difference between stalactites and stalagmites. (Cavern blog). Both are formed of calcium salts deposited by slowly dripping water ( .0012 inches to .12 inches per year). The stalactites are formed on the ceiling of the cave whereas the stalagmites rise from the floor.
Lucy, thank you for enlightening me. You are right : Wikipedia says that the Mississippi River is 2, 320 mi in length, Experiencemississippiriver.com says 2,340, and google says 2, 348. The truth is, I have none of those choices on the blog 😊
Well, except for the Asian lady bugs that kind of invaded the place, and attacked us when we were reading in bed lol
Yes, we thought they were just our friendly lady bugs, but these bite…
Today we travelled through Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. In northern Texas we passed Malta, Detroit, Reno. In the town of Paris, we looked for Les Champs Élysées but they were nowhere to be found ha!
Wherever we stop, we have difficulty conversing with locals, as their southern accent is so pronounced…but then, they cannot always understand us… Who has the accent??
We passed the Mississippi river a few times. Sure is a big one!
But how long? Which is the correct answer? 2 550 miles, 3 348 miles or 1998 miles?