From Nogales, Mexico to Truth

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From Nogales, Mexico to Truth or Consequences, NM we got caught in an awful snow storm in the mountains…

Everyone knows I’m a sucker

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Everyone knows I’m a sucker for red…nevermind against a blue background.

Spirit lady in the Hot

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Spirit lady in the Hot Springs. The universe controls her.

Crossing the border. We actually

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Crossing the border. We actually saw a dog like the one in the Taco Bell commercials…but we didn’t get a picture.

Plant. Somewhere.

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Plant. Somewhere.

Me and Mike in the

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Me and Mike in the 107 degree natural hot spring..wathcing the Rio Grande flow by.

A fence runs straight through

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A fence runs straight through Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Mexico.

Current Location – Roswell, NM

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The last 48 hours has been nuts. Here’s a quick update…

We got into Tucson on Saturday and spent most of the day at a coffee shop near the Univ. of AZ. Rad place. Then we went to check into the local hostel and found that they don’t use Daylight Savings Time in Arizona…so the place was closed. Luckily we were able to wake up the owner and get a bed.

The next morning we had all-you-can-eat waffles and chatted with the other hostellers. A girl from San Antonio who live/works at the hostel, an Aussie guy who’s visa expires this year and a Chinese guy that misses eating cat and dog meat.

After breakfast, we did a hike at a National Park nearby and took a bunch of photos of cactus and what not. Then we headed south for the Mexican Border. There is a Nogales in Arizona and a Nogales in Mexico and it’s basically the same city with a fence running through it. The Mexican side is a liiiiiitle bit sketchier and run down. We parked on the US side and walked over. Crossing into Mexico was easy..nobody even said anything to us. We just walked right in. It was getting dark. Each of us having cameras around our neck wasn’t very inconspicuous…so we got some pretty serious looks. The darker it got the sketchier it started to feel. We jetted out of there after about an hour. Crossing back into the US wasn’t too tough…but we did get interrogated a bit and have our passports checked.

We left Nogales at about 630pm…hoping to arrive in Truth or Consequences, NM (yes that’s the name of the town) about 4 hours later. SOo… we didn?t’ check the weather OR pay attention to the fact that by taking the “scenic route” we had to cross a mountain range…and it turned out to take more like 8 hours. After climbing in third gear for about 8000 feet it started to snow. At first it was funny… then the conversation got a little quieter…then we were arguing about how to control the car…because we were suddenly stuck in blizzard like conditions on roads that wound like a German car commercial and on the edge of cliffs like in the road runner cartoon. We rode in first gear down 8000 feet of mountain in horrible snow. By the time we reached the bottom and got into town, it was 2:30 in the morning.

We had called ahead to the hostel and the guy there said he’d leave the light on for us and put sheets on the bed. When we arrived at the trailer park slash hostel on the river, we found a note on the door for us, all the lights on and fresh sheets on our beds. The place, although looking sketchier than anything…actually turned out to be awesome. As places usually do.

The next morning we rolled out of bed and jumped in the hot springs…which was the attraction that brought us to Truth or Consequences. After an hour of soaking in 107 degree mineral water and watching the Rio Grande flow between us and the mountains, we took a quick shower. Before we left, an old hippie lady caught out attention. Carole was a psychiatrist and she’s been on the road for 5 years now. She believes that the “universe” tells her what to do and where to go and what to say. Well the universe must have told her to meditate and let her clothes fall off while washing in the hot spring. She completely zoned out and started talking to the sky as she let her sarong float away. With permission, we got some artsy shots of this spirit woman.

We left Truth or Consequences a bit after noon and headed North West towards Socorro. Just in time for sunset, we made it to the VLA (very large array) Radio Telescope Observatory. If you’ve ever seen the movie Contact with Jodie Foster…it’s that place with all the massive satellite dishes. It was frigid there…in the 20’s and there was snow on the ground.

After sunset we got back on the road and drove east to Roswell, NM…the place of the 1947 Alien Spacecraft crash. This town is supposed to be the UFO capital of the world. Now. this isn’t a lie…as soon as the city came into view we saw the largest fireball in the sky we’ve ever seen. It maaay have been a shooting star, but we definitely saw fire….so I?d rather believe it was UFO. Now we’re sitting in the parking lot of a Best Western in Roswell stealing their internet. We just got kicked out…so I gotta go. More later!

White Sands Missle Testing Grounds,

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White Sands Missle Testing Grounds, New Mexico!

Double exposure.

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Double exposure.

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