We’re now on Day 15 of my trip in the USA and that was actually Halloween. That’s just showing how far behind I am with these posts! In my previous post, I mentioned we had picked up our costumes from Walmart in Brady, Texas. To be honest, there wasn’t even that much choice so most of us opted for the onesie option. I was pretty happy with that as I got to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid and didn’t require too much getting ready in the morning. We had made a pact to wear the outfits throughout the whole day, we really did look unique leaving the hotel in San Angelo and heading out on the road to Carlsbad.
It was time to leave Texas and head across to the state line to New Mexico! I hadn’t really given this portion of the trip much thought but I was really intrigued about going to Carlsbad Cavern National Park. As we had missed the cut off to walk down into the Caverns via the Natural Entrance, we headed down 70 stories in an elevator. I think it was for the best anyway as it would’ve made the visit quite rushed. The caves were pretty epic. The whole place was a lot bigger and more magnificent than what I was expecting. It certainly was an interesting way to spend Halloween.
The town of Carlsbad isn’t very big at all and there wasn’t really a lot going on, especially on Halloween. We ended up going to Pizza Hut for dinner and it was incredible. We spent about $5 each and had enough food to feed five thousand people. The Hershey Triple Chocolate Brownie is life changing and I do wish they would bring that to the UK. As it was Halloween, we did actually go into a Haunted House which had been set up raising money for charity. I’m pretty sure most US towns have this sort of thing going on. They had really gone all out with actors, decorations and just generally scaring the crap out of everyone!
The next day we left Carlsbad for Roswell. You might have heard of this town before and this is because it’s famous for UFO sightings. I was unbelievably excited about visiting Roswell and it didn’t disappoint. The whole town was dedicated to all things supernatural, there was even an Alien themed Donut shop! We had a browse around the Roswell UFO Museum which is a research centre that looks into different sightings as well as having a collection of alien-themed items. It’s places like Roswell which I loved stopping off on our Trek Tour as it’s something really unusual and interesting that you wouldn’t normally get to visit on a holiday to the US.
The next stop was Santa Fe which is New Mexico’s state capital. My first observation of the city was that it was very brown. The city has a lot of very traditional pueblo style architecture which made wandering around very interesting. I think we even passed a McDonald’s which donned the traditional Santa Fe style exterior. After visiting the State Capitol Building, we checked out a few other local sights such as the oldest house in Santa Fe and the Cathedral.
In the evening, we went for a traditional New Mexican meal before checking out a couple of bars. There was actually quite a few places open and busy which was surprising as Santa Fe seemed like a very quiet place. I found it really interesting to see traditional style of Santa Fe but overall, I’m not too sure it was my cup of tea. The next couple diary posts are good’un’s so stay tuned. Catch up on my other diary posts here!