We woke up, piled back in the car and got on our way. The first stop was San Antonio, a short drive from Austin. When you go to San Antonio you have to remember the Alamo. So we made sure we did that.
After checking out the Alamo, we were able to find an awesome Tex-Mex place for lunch. It was a goal to get some good Tex-Mex on the trip and Pete’s Tako House did not disappoint. Everything was fresh and delicious. We split two platter things that came with a bunch of different items. It was amazing. I felt like everything there was made by someone’s abuela. The beef empanadas were extremely fresh. Everything tasted delicious. We also grabbed this flan to split. It was tremendous. You can see and taste the freshness just by looking at this picture.
After we were all fueled up, we took a quick stroll along the San Antonio River Walk. If we had more time we would have walked this for longer. We probably would have spent more time in San Antonio. It offered a lot in such a short period of time.
But westward we went to Roswell. And went. And went some more. All the way across the state of Texas. One thing you notice about Texas is that the people don’t mess around. The have single lane highways that are 70-75 mph with no divider. These roads have curves and bends. It’s a little unnerving driving on those single lane back country roads and having a car flying at you at that speed. Texas does not mess around.
Texas is also a little weird. It’s hard to explain exactly. It’s just kind of different. We almost ran out of gas in Texas (we started looking for gas with 100 miles left on the tank) and found ourselves in this tiny town in the middle of nowhere. Everyone there was either working in oil or cattle. I felt really out of place there. It was cool to feel like such an outsider in your own country. The middle of nowhere Texas towns are weird, but I loved it. I wish I could have spent some more time in one to get to know it a little better.
Texas definitely gets a little weirder and spookier as you get closer to Roswell. The roads are really flat out that way. When the night rolls in your eyes start to play tricks on you. There was this one slightly uphill road that was straight for a long time. We were just driving along when I thought I saw something in the middle of the road, like a light or something. I tried to shake it out of my eyes thinking I was tired. As we approached what was in the road it grew bigger. The light shown brighter and brighter as we approached it and the size if it got bigger and bigger. The light looked like this massive construction light structure that was on fire. At this point I’m slowing up the car and Mikey and I are asking each other “dude, what the hell is that thing?” I pull over to the side of the road because I don’t want to hit this huge structure in the middle of the road. And then we realize that there isn’t any massive construction light structure that’s on fire. What it was was three cars that were evenly spaced coming at us on this really long sloped road. The headlights were reflecting off of the road in such a way that it formed this crazy light mirage. It’s the same effect like when you look down a long straight road and you think you see water at the end of a road but really it’s not there. It was apparent what had happen when the first car zoomed by us. Weird. Once we knew that the phenomenon existed our eyes would adjust to it.
After seeing that, we started to get excited for Roswell. We hoped we could score some awesome UFO footage. When we finally got to Roswell it was late. It was also freezing out at night. Sleeping at Roswell Wal-Mart was a bummer because we had to turn the heat on at times. If we knew it would have been that cold we would have grabbed a room. Oh well. Roswell is a place where you want to sleep out under the stars to try to get some good alien pictures. We didn’t see any that night, but after fueling up on some Wal-Mart fried chicken we headed over to the International UFO Museum and Research Center. It’s pretty gimmicky but something you should see if you’re in Roswell. The admission was worth it because they have real aliens there like this guy.
They also have some cool UFO stuff in there and some more aliens. The aliens were really nice and friendly. So if you ever see them in real life, know that you can easily chill with them and they won’t bother you.
After Roswell we drove off to check out the rest of New Mexico. New Mexico is a gorgeous state. We swung out to the White Sands National Monument. Although it is mostly just white sand, it’s a cool place to see.
They say that it’s very easy to get lost in a sandstorm. The sand covers up your reference points and disorients you and it’s hard to tell which direction you should go in. Luckily we didn’t run into any sandstorms and were able to grab some nice pictures.
It’s neat how the wind always keeps the dunes fresh. People walk all over the dunes but over some time the wind will always return the sand to its untouched state.
And one more shot with some mountains in the back.
After we left the White Sands National Monument, we headed north to Albuquerque. Our stop in Albuquerque was the most west we would end up going on the trip. It was a little drive but the beautiful New Mexico scenery made the drive enjoyable. We kept ourselves laughing with this or that.
It was St. Patty’s day so it was necessary to find an Irish place that was open. We stopped at Kelly’s Brew Pub in Albuquerque.
After resting up we swung over to Santa Fe for the night to continue the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities. Santa Fe is a cool town. The buildings have a nice reddish clay style and the places to hang out seem fun. The people seem pretty friendly. We talked to this one guy about life but he had one beer too many and ended up taking a nap in the bar. It was getting late and we had a long drive ahead of us the next day so we ventured off to grab a place to crash at for the night.