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The Land of Enchantment

New Mexico definitely lives up to it’s state motto, “The Land of Enchantment.” Giant chile peppers and giant pistachio nuts, awesome motel signs, sledding down the whitest sand dunes, searching for aliens, and exploring giant caverns!  We had such an awesome time!

Our first stop after a long drive from Tombstone, AZ was the Giant Chile Pepper motel in Las Cruces, NM. Giant Chile PepperGiant Chile Pepper Motel Las CrucesWorld's Largest Chile Pepper MotelWorld's Largest Chile Pepper MotelThe next day, we had breakfast next-door at Pancake Alley (which I do NOT recommend, just admire their awesome sign from afar and save yourself the gross, rubbery eggs and oily hash browns) and toured some vintage neon signs before driving to Alamogordo to visit White Sands National Monument.Pancake Alley, Vintage Neon Sign, Las CrucesRoyal Motel, Vintage Neon Sign, Las CrucesTown House Motel, Vintage Neon Sign, Las CrucesTown House Motel, Las CrucesCentury 21 Motel, Vintage Neon Sign, Las Cruces

If you ever get a chance to go to White Sands National Monument, do yourself the favor and go! It is truly amazing, like visiting another planet!White Sands National MonumentThe visitor’s center is well-worth the visit. Be sure to watch the short video which explains how the dunes came into existence, how far they move each year, and all of the flora and fauna that exist inside the park. And you can purchase sleds in the gift shop next door.White Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National MonumentMcGinn’s PistachioLand is just outside of Alamogordo and is home to the World’s Largest Pistachio!Pistachio LandWorld's Largest PistachioWorld's Largest PistachioWorld's Largest Pistachio

The drive between Alamogordo and Roswell is beautiful! And Roswell is a much bigger city than I expected. On the way into town, we spotted what might be one of my favorite vintage signs ever:Crane Motel, Roswell, NM

And the next day we went in search of aliens at the UFO museum.UFO Museum, Roswell, NMUFO Museum, Roswell, NMUFO Museum, Roswell, NMUFO Museum, Roswell, NMI loved this cartoon in the museum – we were only a few days into the trip, but we must have already murdered a million bugs already.UFO Museum, Roswell, NMWe also drove by the airport hanger where the alien bodies were allegedly taken prior to being transported to Area 51.Roswell, NM

The next stop was Carlsbad Caverns. Again, if you are ever in New Mexico and can visit Carlsbad Caverns, please do so! It is awe inspiring. I knew the caverns were big, but I didn’t know exactly how big. Wow!Carlsbad Caverns National ParkCarlsbad Caverns National ParkCarlsbad Caverns National ParkCarlsbad Caverns National ParkThe drive into Texas from Carlsbad Caverns was one of the most beautiful drives of our entire road trip. Gorgeous views and we had the road to ourselves most of the time.TexasAnd on our way to Marfa, we got our first view of Prada Marfa at night. The mister sped right past it and I calmly said, “Turn around, that was it!”Prada Marfa 

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