This is my favorite event of the year! Wednesday is not even an official con day, but folks are already piling into the hotels already. It's 4 days of fiction, fantasy, and pop culture!
Final stop before heading back to Atlanta for a convention--the Grand Canyon. Seeing this on tv or in photos does not do this park justice. When you first walk out onto the viewing area there are no words to describe the enormity of the Canyon.
I don't normally freak out on bridges, but this one will freak you out. I didn't even get half way across and had to turn around. Tons of white water rafting shops in Taos--I want to go back--it's a cool town.
Stopped by Mesa Verde National Park to check out the cliff dwellings. Super cool! This is a long winding road up 8,000 feet to get to the top. Won't lie, it's scary around some of the turns since there aren't guard rails on every turn.
Remember in the movie "Contact" when Jodie Foster was sitting on top of her car and heard a signal from space coming from the array. Well this is that array! The VLA is a radio astronomy observatory. This place is in the middle of nowhere New Mexico, but super cool to see.
These photos don't do it justice, but the Valley of the Fires lava fields are one of the most unique looking places I've ever seen. They're located in Carrizozo, NM.
Tried to visit the Trinity Site today, but they only allow you in during April and October...so only got a photo of the highway marker outside the area. For those who are not familiar, this remote location in New Mexico is where the first atomic bomb was detonated (at the White Sands Missle Range). We saw signs on the highway that the highway can still be shut down from time to time for missle testing.
i can't say much about the town of Roswell, but the UFO crash museum was tons of fun and totally worth the $5 entry fee.
Toward the end of the Texas Mountain Trail you reach Guadalupe Mountains National Park. There are over 80 miles of trails in this park. Wished we could have stayed longer!