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Goodbye 2013: Our year of travel in pictures

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I remember leaving for the airport in London like it was yesterday. Dani kept looking at me with my big, funny backpack, and I at hers (and the extra bag she had filled with magazines she just had to finish before we left the U.S.) as we walked to catch the bus to the airport. We were filled with exhilaration that we were actually free – like high school seniors on the last day of school.

2010 brought us from Europe, through the US and Mexico to Central America, it was an unforgettable 2011 through Central America, Europe, Canada, the US and then Thailand. In 2012 we spent time in South East Asia, India and finally to South America.

Now here we are, this is the FOURTH time that we’re looking back at our year of travel. 2013 was as much a year of city-hopping as it was spent in some of the least populated areas of natural beauty on Earth. Our travel style was mostly on four wheels overland and technically slow, visiting only seven countries, but we covered a huge portion of this planet this year across Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the US, Germany, Bolivia and Peru.

Follow along as we look back at what we are still able pack in, nearly four years after setting off on this nomadic adventure. Click through on the dozens of links to read in more detail about each of these stops along the way.

The year began in Santiago, where we housesat for two months. We still think often about our two adorable Scottie dogs there.

1 january santiago de chileWe were practically becoming locals, so we had to rip ourselves away at the start of February to start our travels through Chile. We began in Valparaiso, and fell in love with this colorful city on the Pacific.

colorful houses in valparaisoFrom there we headed to the Lake District and the island of Chiloe, before returning to the Argentine side of the Andes to explore Bariloche and Nahuel Huapi National Park with its famous black glacier. Then it was time to hit Patagonia.

2 bariloche cathedralAfter that infamously long 27 hour bus ride, we landed in El Chalten, where Dani set off on some solo hikes, and continued to El Calafate, where we visited the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier.

2 argentina perito moreno glacierThen it was back over the border to Chile to see Torres Del Paine. We opted for a full day tour of the National Park, and it became one of our favorite places in all of Patagonia.

3 chile torres del paineAfter a few days in Puerto Natales, the base town for Torres del Paine, we continued our journey south and traveled to Tierra Del Fuego via the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas before finally reaching Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, after hitchhiking from Chile back into Argentina.

UshuaiaOur next stop was Uruguay, a quick flight from Ushuaia, where we visited Montevideo (and almost got robbed!) and the dreamy colonial town Colonia del Sacramento.

3 uruguay colonia del sacramentoOf course we couldn’t leave without visiting some of Uruguay’s famous beaches!

3 march uruguay punta del este3 uruguay beach dayAt the end of March, we went from Uruguay to the north of Argentina and spent a lovely week in Rosario, before we made a 48-hour bus detour to the Iguazu Falls – a detour that was well worth it!

4 argentina dani and jess iguazu fallsWe continued our journey through Northern Argentina to Salta, a city we didn’t love as much as we thought we would, but we fell for the small wine town of Cafayate four hours south of there.

4 cafayate streetThe road took us back north through Salta to Jujuy, where we rented a car to road trip through the Quebrada de Humahuaca for two days.

4 purmamarca street and seven color hillHere we also stopped at the first of three sets of salt flats we’d see this year. 4 argentina salinas grandes salt flats salt rainAfter returning the car, we took a bus to San Pedro De Atacama in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

4 san pedro de atacama streetIt turns out that we seriously love this town and the surrounding scenery on this first of two visits to San Pedro in 2013, and were actually excited to know we’d be making our way back up here again later in the year to continue our travels to Bolivia from here.

4 april northern chile atacama desertDuring this first visit, we took a tour that showed us some of the breathtaking landscapes around San Pedro…

4 april chile atacama desert… including salt flats #2.

4 salt flats chile atacama desertBut instead of heading north to Bolivia from here, we broke our South America journey to fly to New York City for a two-month housesitting gig that made our dream of living in New York come true (at least temporarily!). We landed in New York just in time for our third anniversary as nomads and loved ‘our’ two cats and ‘our’ apartment, just a five-minute walk from the Brooklyn Bridge.

6 brooklyn bridge new yorkIn June, we flew straight to Germany to test out five weeks living in Berlin, which is now one of our favorite cities in the world.

7 alexanderplatz at nightWe couldn’t have asked for a more perfect summer in Germany, where we were featured in the Suddeutsche Zeitung, one of the national newspapers and interviewed by a major radio station about our housesitting book before flying back to the US in August.

sueddeutscheIt felt great to jet set in the summer as we flew from Berlin to New York to spend the weekend. We were mainly on a quest to find the best pizza in NYC, but also had time to revisit some of our favorite places off the beaten path and cycle through Manhattan on the Citibikes.

8 best pizza in williamsburg brooklyn new york city white pizza5 dani roosevelt islandOur next stop was Tucson, to a housesit we’ve done three times now for homeowners and a dog, Miss Millie, who we just love! We enjoyed some quality time by the pool and the desertscape that we love so much.

8 Jess and Millie in TucsonIn September, we took off on one of the best adventures of this year: a road trip through New Mexico, which would finally bring us all the way back to Chicago via Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa.

We started at the amazing yet little-visited Gila Cliff Dwellings, followed by the otherworldly White Sands…

9 white sands jess & daniThen we spent Jess’ birthday at Carlsbad Caverns before moving on to the aliens of Roswell, Las Vegas (the small New Mexican town) and Albuquerque…

9 carlsbad cavernsThen we hit Santa Fe, explored Georgia O’Keeffe country, the Bandelier Cliff Dwellings, various Pueblos and then finally spent time in magical little Taos, our last stop in New Mexico. Here we got to trek down into the Rio Grande gorge with llamas and our wonderful guide Stuart of Wild Earth Llama Trekking.

9 bandelier monument new mexicoAfter 19 incredible days on the road, we reached Chicago, where we visited friends and family, hit plenty of our favorite sightseeing spots and ate our way across the city.

10 bean reflections at night chicagoChicago is where Dani got to experience her first ‘real’ Halloween in the U.S.! Look at what we did to her face! 🙂

10 globetrottergirls halloweenIn what now, looking back, seems like our year of New York City, we spent another long weekend in Manhattan before hopping onto the return leg of our flight back down to Santiago, Chile – but not without eating more pizza, spending time in Williamsburg, meeting up with quite a few good friends and watching the New York Marathon.

11 New York sunsetFinally we flew down to enjoy all the things we love about Santiago – and just in time for the perfect spring weather (and escaping the freezing cold New York weather that hit the day after we left!)

11 santiago lastarria churchInstead of pushing through on the 24 hour bus ride to San Pedro De Atacama, we visited three new places on the way: La Serena, a quiet though sizable colonial town with a wide beach seven hours from Santiago by bus. This is the jumping-off point for the beautiful Elqui Valley, which became one of our five favorite places in all of Chile.

11 la serena street with churchThen we traveled 19 hours through the narrow piece of land between the Andes and the Pacific to Iquique, a beach city in the north of Chile. The town grew on us slowly, and we ended up enjoying our fourth visit to the Pacific in 2013. This was our last beach visit of the year, too.

11 sea lions in iquiqueThen we went on to San Pedro and made sure to visit the Tatio geyser fields – an incredible piece of desert nearly 5,000m high where geysers explode, gurgle and spurt. It was well worth the 4am wake-up call to see the geyser field at sunrise.

11 geyser de tatio chileAfter a few days of an obsessive amount of research on good tour companies, we finally jumped on our three day off-roading tour through Bolivia’s South West, otherwise known as the Salar de Uyuni salt flats tour. Our first ever border crossing in a jeep, on a tour and in the middle of absolutely nowhere, there was so much more than the salt flats. We saw more otherworldly landscapes, volcanoes, flamingos, lagoons and rock formations of just about every shape and color imaginable.

11 Bolivia laguna verde11 laguna hedionda flamingos bolivia11 arbol de piedra and mountain boliviaOn the last day of the tour we spent sunrise out on our third set of salt flats for the year, which also just so happen to be the largest salt flats in the world, the Salar De Uyuni.

11 Bolivia salt flatsThen we started our travels through Bolivia, with our first stop in the 4000m-high colonial town of Potosi. For those of you who think in feet, this is 13,500 ft high, or almost three ‘mile-high’ Denver cities stacked on top of one another. This is officially the highest city in the world, and we enjoyed the beautifully maintained historic town center which was a great introduction to the country – although just walking its hilly streets was a massive challenge at that altitude.

12 potosi viewsNext were three weeks in both of Bolivia’s capitals: first in Sucre, the official capital (and a city we spent two weeks battling a massive stomach bug that practically laid us flat for half the time)…

12 sucre street bolivia…and then La Paz, the de facto seat of the government. It was from here that we signed up (read: Dani signed US up!) for the mountain bike trip down the world’s most dangerous road – and survived (barely 🙂 ).

12 death road boliviaOur final stop in 2014 was Lake Titicaca, first on the Bolivian side in Copacabana, where we spent Christmas, then followed by a couple of days on the Isla del Sol and then crossing the border into our first stop in Peru – Puno – where we are celebrating New Year’s Eve.

lake titicaca with boats copacabana bolivia

This was a big year for us as The GlobetrotterGirls as well!

We released a second and much, much sexier version of our book, The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting – check that out here if you want to start housesitting in 2014.

We started the Break Free podcast, where I interview globetrotting women who have created the incredible life balance of running successful businesses while traveling the world. You can listen on the website or subscribe in iTunes.

Then there was the launch of our Escape Route travel planning and consulting service. We seriously love helping people make the most of the travels, and we’ve loved being able to help readers and clients plan their perfectly customized holidays.

Perhaps most exciting for us is the launch of our GlobetrotterGirls Getaways – starting with our seriously epic overland trip from San Francisco to Seattle in May 2014. If you’re interested in joining us on a seriously unique trip (in a custom-converted American school bus!) read more about the Getaways here. Early-Bird pricing ends today, December 31st, so if you’re interested, save $150 and put down your deposit today!

Dani and Jess in Argentina

Thanks so much for following along on our journey in 2013. Stick with us in 2014 for even more epic adventures through Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, the US, Europe and who knows where we’ll end 2014!!

Happy New Year!

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Posada de Taos | Where to stay in…Taos, New Mexico

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The minute we arrived to Taos, it was love at first sight. For me, at least. Dani thought it was ‘cute’ and I couldn’t understand how she wasn’t equally smitten. That’s when Dani told me about the legend of Taos Mountain. There is a powerful, sacred energy that attracts some while rejecting others entirely. The mountain decides whether or not you can stay.

Taos New MexicoI don’t usually believe in these sort of spiritual legends, but I can tell you that when we pulled in to our bed and breakfast for the night, there was no doubt we were equally enthralled with this absolutely gorgeous property just off the central plaza in Taos.

Everything about Posada de Taos is spot on, but that is no surprise with owners Brad and Michael running the show. In addition to owning the Posada, Brad is also the president of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce. During the few short minutes at check-in, Brad had already made enough recommendations and suggestions for Taos that we already wanted to extend our stay to one week. Brad’s partner Michael is super sweet and after chatting away, he and I discovered a shared background from Illinois and a love of Chicago. Both Dani and I felt great affection for him, and that was without knowing the magic of his breakfasts, which we would find out the next morning.

B&B La Posada De TaosAlong with its owners, Posada de Taos has a great charm throughout. It is a historic Inn, originally built by one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists. Today, its location in the Historic District just west of the central plaza makes it within walking distance to almost anywhere in town. In the front, a flourishing vegetable garden is where Michael sources some of his culinary ingredients. The living room feels warm and welcoming, decorated with beautiful Southwestern knick-knacks and artwork, and guests made themselves comfortable both here and in the beautifully manicured backyard, taking in the sunset with glasses of wine the night we arrived.

B&B La Posada De Taos New MexicoThe rooms
During the winter months, the Kiva fireplaces are prepared for guests daily to keep guests toasty November through April. Our visit at the tail end of September was already chilly and I would have loved to have a fire glowing in the room at night. Otherwise, the accommodation was absolutely perfect, especially considering we spent the same amount to stay at a Courtyard by Marriot for the same price as this incredibly unique bed and breakfast. The first night we stayed in the Lino Room. The main feature is the picket fence Queen bed, which brought a casual yet chic design element to the en-suite room, as did the spacious private patio just through the room’s back entrance.

la posada de taos bedroomThe second night in El Solecito left no doubt of the level of elegance present at Posada de Taos. Out llama trekking all day, our bags had been brought to the room for us and after such a long day, walking in to the split-level suite with its King bed was heaven. As relieved as we were for this charming room, however, Dani and I both felt a twinge of sadness. It was already 8.30pm by the time we arrived and we were scheduled to leave just after breakfast the next morning to head into Rocky Mountains to Colorado.

B&B La Posada De Taos NMEnamored by El Solecito, now all we wanted was to spend a full day right here, sitting in the oversized chairs, hanging in the whirlpool in the Mexican-tiled bathroom, passing in and out of the grand old Mexican doors that lead out to the stone patio with views of the garden and the mountains beyond.

B&B La Posada De Taos New MexicoOccasionally, between napping and whirlpooling, I imagine we would make mugs of tea and nibble on cookies or cheese that is put out for guests each afternoon, and maybe thumb through a few of the hundreds of books lining the bookshelves throughout the house.

Come if just for the breakfast…
Just like everything else at the Posada, we wish we had stayed another night or two for another chance at the delicious breakfasts, which are the jewel in the posada’s crown. Breakfast is where both Brad and Michael are in their element and truly shine. Brad hosts both breakfast shifts (there is one sitting at 7.30 and one at 8.30am each day), keeping conversations going around the communal table with his charm, sharing stories and advice for what to see and do around town.

B&B La Posada De Taos BreakfastBeing a pair of mid 30s nomadic lesbian media types, I wasn’t sure we would fit in at the table with this somewhat older and well-to-do crowd, but the truth is, we had some great talks over breakfast and getting to know the other guests so well made us feel much more at home throughout our stay.

As Brad graciously hosts, Michael creates Michelin star quality breakfasts in the kitchen and brings them out after guests have nibbled their way through fresh fruit and yogurt, juice, tea, coffee and freshly baked pastries. As with any hot-blooded traveler, the way to our hearts is clearly through our stomach, so you can imagine that we fell head over heels for Michael when he brought out a polenta cake topped with an over medium egg and exploding with flavor one morning, and on the second when he served us gourmet chilaquiles better than any restaurant we dined at in the South West.

B&B La Posada de Taos breakfast and living roomWe left for Colorado after our short two-night stay in Taos knowing that we would have to return. Not only for all there is to do in and around Taos, but also for a couple of days just soaking up the vibe at this historic inn where Brad and Michael have created a perfect balance between feeling right at home and on a special vacation as well.

B&B La Posada de Taos in New Mexico

Details

Website: LaPosadaDeTaos.com
Location: 309 Juanita Ln, Taos, NM 87571
Price: Double rooms start at US$159
LGBT Friendly: Yes, definitely
Digital Nomad Friendly: Very good WiFi connection, lots of space to work
Amenities: Gourmet breakfast included in room rates, free WiFi, snack buffet in the afternoon, free parking

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Where to stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico | El Farolito Bed and Breakfast Hotel Review

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The two of us Girls love almost nothing more than a road trip and our recent New Mexico road trip was a major highlight of 2013. Every day brought incredible landscapes, dusty Spanish outposts and fire-hot chiles. Every night, however, the hotel quality was left to the luck of the draw – especially in the southern part of the state. Motel life was fine for a while, but after ten days on the road we arrived to Santa Fe via the Turquoise Trail from Albuquerque and pulled in to a Bed and Breakfast so perfect, at first it felt like a dream.

El Farolito B&B Santa FeEl Farolito Bed and Breakfast is set in a typical Santa Fe-style compound which involves several one-story adobe buildings around a central open space. The compound was built and owned by an extended Spanish family who had settled here in the 19th century. Just a ten minute walk to the center of Santa Fe, the compound was eventually sold off as individual units before owners Wayne and Walt purchased it several years ago and turned it into the quiet little haven that it is today. El Farolito offers the exact experience you hope for at a Bed & Breakfast: personal attention, personal recommendations and a home-away-from-home feeling.

El Farolito B&B Santa Fe New MexicoDani and I were easily twenty years younger than the average guest, but it is hard to know whether this would always be the case – who else vacations mid-week at the end of September other than retirees and digital nomads like us. In these situations with older couples, we sometimes feel awkward when our relationship is understood as friendship until we have to make our status as a lesbian couple clear. At El Farolito we felt even more at home as Wayne and Walt are a gay couple who has been together for years and years.

el farolito santa fe signThe Rooms

After packing up and moving hotels almost every day on the trip, it was so great to settle in to these gorgeous rooms for three nights. Each of the eight casitas is individually decorated, all with features like rough cut exposed ceiling beams, Spanish tiles and adobe fireplaces built into each room. The first night we stayed in the Santa Fe suite, which had bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a separate living room. The following two nights we stayed in the Madre Acequia room, which, although it didn’t have two rooms, was open and spacious and felt like somewhere we could have settled and moved into for a week or two.

El Farolito B&B Santa Fe SuiteAll rooms have a fully equipped wet bar, with coffee maker and coffee, bottle openers, bottles of water, a sink and small refrigerator, so it was that much easier to feel at home. On the big wooden dressers there were candy bowls filled with chocolate, and each room has an outdoor patio, some more private than others, but all of them are perfect for relaxing in the fresh air. What we loved about the rooms inside is that instead of a desk and stiff backed chair, our rooms had big comfy sofa chairs to relax.

Bathrooms are modestly-sized but beautifully decorated with Spanish tiles and I love the designated black towels for make-up removal. I always feel terrible getting mascara on a hotel’s bright white towels. That first night we arrived we both immediately changed and threw on the big comfortable robes which were so puffy they were almost like pillows.

El Farolito B&B Santa Fe CasitaOur time in Santa Fe was limited so we were out and about relatively late at night (they seem to roll the sidewalks up around 9pm in this town), but both nights our rooms had private outside entrances, so we could come and go as we pleased without interrupting any of the other guests. Because the property is so spacious it would have been easy to assume the Wi-Fi wouldn’t work at the casitas further from the main house, but we had lightning fast internet in our casita, the suite and in the common area.

El Farolito B&B Santa Fe Casita & TerraceThe common area and breakfast

The owners and innkeeper were so friendly,we could have sat in the common area and talked for hours on end, but they are also entirely respectful of privacy and you have as much discretion here as you’d like. But either way, you would come out for breakfast, which is as good if not better than any restaurant you would head to in town. There is a hot and cold buffet each morning with one delicious hot dish and a side, plus cereals, granola, greek yogurt, coffee, tea, water, a plate of fresh fruit and two plates of freshly baked pastries/banana breads. Our vegetarian diet was catered to without question,and on the first morning we passed on the breakfast pizza that had meat and enjoyed our own delicious fritata! Every afternoon the scent of freshly baked cakes and cookies and piping hot coffee waft into your room and tease you out to eat a piece or two, entranced and possibly against your own will.

El Farolito B&B Santa Fe BreakfastThe owners collect art, and the whole compound is beautifully decorated. Some guests return year after year, choosing their casita based on the artwork that hangs on the walls and the pieces in the common room reflect the intense desert landscapes of northern New Mexico.

El Farolito B&B Santa Fe in New MexicoThere are bookshelves spilling over with guidebooks, maps and reading related to Santa Fe. We didn’t need a guidebook at all, with Wayne and Sherry on hand to answer any questions and make on point suggestions according to our own travel style and tastes. We may have skipped out on a visit to Canyon Road, an entire winding road filled with art galleries and big bold sculptures, but thanks to Walt’s suggestion, this turned out to be one the highlights of our far too short time in town.

El Farolito B&B Santa Fe ArtThe location

Yet another positive about El Farolito is its location. You can walk almost anywhere – ten minutes to Canyon Road and ten to get to the famous plaza. In the other direction ten minutes, too, is the up-and-coming Railroad/Guadalupe district, where we walked have coffee and hit the farmer’s market. With the proximity to almost everything of importance and the city’s free shuttle bus we definitely didn’t use our car while in town, and the B&B has plenty of parking for all guests, as well.

el farolito santa fe cookiesOverall

Wayne and Walt have infused their experience of running not one but two local bed and breakfasts (the other is the nearby and equally loved Four Kachinas) and their passion for Santa Fe and the Southwest in general into creating a home away from home that predicts your needs before you are aware of them yourself.

El Farolito B&B in Santa Fe New Mexico

Details

Location: 514 Galisted Street, Santa Fe
Price: Double rooms start at $190 in low season
LGBT Friendly: Yes
Digital Nomad Friendly: Yes, there was plenty of space to work and the wi-fi worked excellent.
Amenities: Full breakfast included, book and newspaper library, terrace, communal lounge, sweet afternoon snack and coffee, free wi-fi, free parking spots, in-room coffee maker and fridge
Website: www.farolito.com

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Polaroid of the week: The colors of northern New Mexico

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polaroid of the week new mexicoWe packed so many unforgettable experiences in our New Mexico road trip, it is hard to pick a favorite. Driving up through the red and multicolored rock formations from Española to Abiquiu and further on to Ghost Ranch, Georgia O’Keefe‘s adopted home was one of the most scenic drives we took, and we could easily understand why the painter chose to move out to what appears to be such a sparse, rough region.

We thought two weeks in New Mexico might be too much, but it turns out we only added to our itinerary, and on our next trip we want to visit several more national parks, take a rafting trip down the Rio Grande, hike in the Enchanted Circle north of Taos and slow down to spend more time in the towns we already visited. In total, we drove over 2,600 miles in New Mexico alone (over 4,100 miles in total all the way to Chicago) – we’ll be sharing more stories about our road trip here shortly.

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Polaroid of the week: Meet Diego, the llama

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polaroid of the week New Mexico Diego llama trekMeet Diego, the llama! When we stopped in Taos, we had the opportunity to go on a llama trek with him and three of his friends, who had names after more famous mountain peaks like K2 and Picchu.

Together with another couple and our guide, llama rescuer and expert Stuart, we trekked down into the Rio Grande Gorge, descending 800 feet from the rim to the bottom of the gorge, where we picnicked near a fresh water spring before exploring some ancient petroglyphs.

Spending the day with the llamas was one of the highlights of our New Mexico road trip, and we couldn’t have been luckier with the weather on our trek – bright blue skies, sun and summer temperatures made this the perfect day to get to know this part of northern Mexico. The Rio Grande gorge is sixty miles long and absolutely packed with a rich, fascinating history. Stuart taught us about flora, fauna and history and fed us a gourmet picnic on top of it.  With the llamas carrying our bags, drinks and food, we didn’t have to worry about a thing…other than leading these graceful creatures up and down the gorge. Diego was the most entertaining one of the bunch, doing a lot of this and smiling for my camera all day long. We will share more pictures of our hike here with you soon!

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Polaroid of the week: Adobe home in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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polaroid of the week new mexico santa fe homeOne thing we couldn’t get enough of in New Mexico were the gorgeous adobe homes, especially around Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos. Adobe is made of just sand, water, clay and straw, and yet some of these homes and buildings are easily over 400 years old, which is why architects often consider the homes as architectural miracles. This form of construction has been used for several thousand years by people indigenous to the Americas, including the native American Indians that inhabited the pueblos around new Mexico and the Southwest.

Aesthetically, adobe homes are really the symbol of the Southwest, the earth tones fitting perfectly into the desert scenery and punctuated by bright colorful flowers, vases, tiles and window frames.

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Polaroid of the week: Alien Zone in Roswell, New Mexico

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polaroid of the week new mexico alienWe have seen so many beautiful natural sights on our New Mexico road trip, like the White Sand dunes, the Gila Wilderness and Cliff Dwellings and Carlsbad Caverns. These are all way out in the wide open spaces of southern New Mexico, so it was exciting to pass through the ‘city’ of Roswell on our way to Las Vegas (the one in New Mexico, not Nevada). We spent our time here finding out more about the alleged UFO crash which put this small New Mexican town in the global spotlight in 1947.

Roswell is alien-crazy, a Mecca for the hundreds of thousands of believers who come from all over the world each year. Although the mystery surrounding the incident is well-documented at the International UFO Museum and Research Center, anything unnerving about it is eased by the cartoonish green men used by local businesses to attract customers – everywhere from fast food chains to pawn shops.

We have our own theories about what happened in Roswell and will be sharing those in an article in a bit. For now, let’s just say we had a lot of fun hanging out with aliens in the Alien Zone shop and ‘alien testing facility’ on Main Street, where we played table foosball, had a beer and hung out with some new friends.

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Polaroid of the Week: White Sands New Mexico | Road Trip Highlight Week One

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polaroid of the week new mexico white sandsWe have been road tripping for nearly a week now and at first this trip was about hitting the open road and just taking in whatever New Mexico had to offer, but the highlights have been non-stop making it hard to choose a favorite for this week’s Polaroid. Forced to choose, then I say nothing was as spectacular as driving through the White Sands sand dunes in the southwest of New Mexico. We spent half a day in the 275 square mile (712 square km) field of white sand. You can sled down the dunes, which from far away looks like people in shorts sledding down snowy hills, but in 100 degree heat. The strange feeling of snow is also there when driving – at some point the road stops and you drive around on compacted white sand, expecting the slippery ice patches that never come. It’s all very surreal and even more so driving our white rental car through even whiter dunes. At first we were reminded of the miles and miles of salt flats in Argentina. The difference being that those were flat, so you could see straight for miles. Here, walking just a few hundred feet into the dunes meant you could get entirely turned around and climb up and down hundreds of sand dunes before ever finding your way back.

We set off on a well-marked 4.2 mile hike right through the dunes and were seriously humbled by the silence surrounding us. We had to turn around after 1.25 miles as it was too hot. Hiking at noon in the desert is probably not the best time, even if all that white reflects some of the sun! If we had it to do over again we might go for sunset instead. Imagine the colors of the desert sky reflecting off those dunes…

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