We woke up in our nicely air conditioned room in Roswell, ready to chow on hotel-breakfast all-you-can-eat food. The boys must have been hungry because they pounded it down.
Our first stop was at Alien Zone Area 51, where we chilled with creatures visiting from all over the universe. They were nice enough to let us take some pictures.
Lunchtime arrived immediately after, and Katie found a gem in Cowboy Cafe. Even the bathroom there made you smile.
There was one of those “if you can eat this in 60 minutes, it’s free!” menu items. I am to those eating contests as Katie is to escape rooms; if we find one, I’m doing it. This was easily the biggest burger I ever attempted.
In the end, we paid full price for that burger. I powered through about 40% of it. My body only needed about 10% of it.
Successful lunch! Time to head to Albuquerque.
Pretty smooth drive, and the landscape improved consistently along the way until we arrived.
On our last road trip west, we had to stop in Albuquerque as well, and we wanted to do the Sandia Tram up the mountain, but it had been closed. It was our first stop this time.
Wow, way better than expected.
The tram increased our elevation about 4k feet. Essentially, it’s a typical ski mountain that is used for hiking and mountain biking in the summer. The temperature dropped 20 degrees on our way up for a pleasant 75.
We hiked around at the top, took a million pictures with our “good camera,” (sorry, those pics won’t make an appearance yet in this blog, so trust us), and then headed back down.
Then we hit up a local putt-putt place. This is Owen attempting a 50/50 shot.
Finally, we capped off the night with a much better Mexican restaurant than the prior day (it was about average – VAST improvement). The food in New Mexico makes me really appreciate the food in Oklahoma.