Roswell, NM will once again celebrate the now-infamous crash of '47 through parades, fairs, and plenty of great New Mexican food (red, green, or "Christmas"?). If you're nearby, take a drive to this fun and wacky little town in southeast New Mexico and brush up on one of the most controversial UFO cases in history. And there's plenty else to keep you busy in the region, too. Just south of Roswell is Carlsbad Caverns and the Guadalupe Mountains; to the immediate west you can find the Capitan Mountains rising up from the Llano Estacado into the cool pine forests of towns like Ruidoso (home to Smokey the Bear), Cloudcroft (home to the haunted Lodge at Cloudcroft), and Ski Apache. You're also only a short drive from the famed Trinity Site (location of the first atomic bomb experiments), the famous White Sands and the Valley of Fires, an ancient lava flow that - over a 1,000 years ago - left the land for many square miles covered in a surreal moonscape of black lava rock.
And if you find yourself visiting the Roswell UFO Festival this July 4th weekend [clears throat, inserts gratuitous self-promotion], might I suggest you check out the great designs over at Roswellian? All of these affordable, quality, and (more importantly) ORIGINAL designs are available for fast, convenient ordering through cafepress.com, the leading print-on-demand website. Ranging from serious to silly and just plain cool, Roswellian is home to my own designs that not only highlight the Roswell incident but UFO lore in general. Check it out, get geared up, and hit the open road this summer.