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.

 Normal day in Roswell, NM

Normal day in Roswell, NM

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.

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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.

 Amarillo, TX 

Amarillo, TX 


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