Cadillacs, Aliens & Crickets, Oh My - April 22
Today was a #longhaul day. I knew I wanted to get into Texas to spend 10 minutes seeing Cadillac Ranch. Besides that, I didn’t know what I was going to do.
Since I spent the night in Roswell, I started the day by going to check out the International UFO Museum. It was a 20 minute museum for me. I wasn’t a UFO conspiracy theorist when I walked in or when I walked out. I took the picture, got the magnet and headed out to drive.
Amarillo is 3 1/2 hours as a straight shot from Roswell or it was only an extra 40 minutes to detour through Lubbock & go see the Buddy Holly Center. Buddy Holly was before my time but seems to have influenced everybody. I love the movie “The Buddy Holly Story,” and there are a few songs of his that I listen to pretty regularly, so of course, I took the detour. When am I going to be near, let alone in, Lubbock, Texas again? Had to be done.
You can’t take photos in The Buddy Holly Center. It’s a two room museum with a video and a gift shop. The movie does a good job telling Buddy Holly’s life story. Going to the center, you get to see his glasses & guitar & fun artifacts along with his story. Paul McCartney & Keith Richards talk about the influence Buddy Holly had on the British Invasion. He was a rock & roll pioneer. It was a cool “quickie” museum. US music history is fun.
After Lubbock, the plan was to try to be at Cadillac Ranch during magic hour & have good light for photographs. It wasn’t as far & I wasn’t hungry so I got there about an hour early. Not sure what I was expecting but Cadillac Ranch is exactly as advertised. It’s 10 cars sticking out of the ground by the side of the road. There’s not a whole lot there. I haven’t seen the largest ball of twine but Cadillac Ranch seems like that kind of roadside attraction. It’s quirky.
Tomorrow: Fort Worth. I’m still trying to figure out a plan for Texas but everything seems to be on the East side of the state, but let’s get there & then figure things out…Staci