The storm passed and we were on the road to Roswell, New Mexico. We had our mail forwarded there, so it was a place we HAD to visit. It was a place I thought might be interesting to drive through. On our way there we drove through a mountain town where there were the typical places to buy wood statues. Normally you see bears or totem poles,etc. but here we saw green painted alien statues. I get it that Roswell is known for an alien crash in 1947, but everyone knows those aliens were grey. ;)
We didn't leave the campground in Alamogordo while we were there, so we were in need of provisions when we got to Roswell. We were in the market and noticed that the liquor section was roped off. Okay, maybe you have to enter from a different way? Uh, no…no liquor sales in town on Sundays. I called a local liquor store and found out that you can drink in a bar but can't buy alcohol to go.They informed me that we just needed to drive a few miles out of town to purchase alcohol. I don't understand the reasons for these types of laws. It seems it is very common in the South.
With both of us growing up in a desert climate, we were tired of the scenery. Time to move on to new places. We then headed southwest to Monahans, Texas. It was still desert, but a good place to stop for a night. The state park was called Sand Hill, and it reminded us of an area outside of our home town called Glamis, CA, but on a smaller scale. There were rolling sand dunes, but with fierce sticker bushes dispersed throughout. I don't know how many goat-head thorns I pulled out of Fiona's and my feet!(add many curse words here)
As we left there, heading east, some hills were added to the landscape. We decided to stop in Junction, Texas. We found a nice state park on LLano River. There was wildlife there I had never seen in person, including the elusive armadillo… We left there early the next morning to try to avoid the wind that was forecast. We saw many deer on the road, some of them alive!
One place in Texas I wanted to visit was Austin. I wanted to do some genealogy research at the college, as my four times great-grandfather was one of the first 300 American settlers of Texas. I failed to call ahead to make sure the library was open. It happened to be closed for maintenance this week. I will have to do more research online and be more prepared next time. Austin was cold! The roads were weird, which we found is how the roads are in other parts of the state. It's taken some getting used to, but luckily Paul never gets lost. We had planned on staying in Austin for a few days, but since my plans didn't work out and another storm was coming, we decided to hightail it south towards Corpus Christi, Texas. We beat the storm to the Gulf Coast, but it soon followed us…
We decided to stay at the Padre Island National Seashore, Malaquite Campground. It is a beautiful island of marshland and over 60 miles of shoreline. We could see the Gulf waters from our camper. The wind and rain kept us inside most of the time, but it was one of my favorite places we've been so far. The worst part was not having cell service or wifi for three days. There were no electrical hook-ups, and our batteries weren't getting charged, since the solar panels weren't getting much sun. We were running the generator and heater more than we had previously, so we were running low on propane. We went into town on a Sunday to get propane and food, etc., and guess what, no liquor sales on Sunday before noon. What the heck is wrong with this country?
We moved to a campground, still on the island, that has hook-ups and cell service, because Paul knows how to keep me happy! We have another package of mail coming into Corpus Christi tomorrow, so after we pick it up, we will decide if we want to stay in the area or move on. I think Port Aransas on the East side of these barrier islands looks like a fun place, so we might head there.