Roswell New Mexico

They are among us. We landed in Roswell in the middle of the night. Coming in from the north on a completely dark highway added to the adventure of it. Just as we’re getting bored the dark horizon lit up with synchronized blinking lights.. the entire field of view was pulsating with red lights. Of course it was just green energy in the form of windmills, but not knowing that at first made it exciting for the bored children in the backseat.

The next morning we headed over to the visitor center where they had Roswell merch and tourist information. After leaving the visitor center we made our way down the street to the International UFO Museum Research Center. The exhibits were informative and entertaining.

The truth is out there and Roswell might be one of the places to find at least part of it. For more information about visiting Roswell check out the Visitor Center website.

I want to believe…

Death Valley National Park

Must see road trip stops/drives Badwater Basin and Artists Drive. We also saw The Devil’s Golf Course. Badwater Basin is 282 feet below see level and the temperature while we were there was 95 degrees. The temperature outside the park was in the low 70’s, a benefit of visiting during the fall/winter. We found that our older boys did not fully get the big deal about the temperature. We plan to bring them back in the summer sometime in the future.

Badwater Basin.. look in the top left for the sea level marker 282 feet above the basin floor.

What you need to know about Artists Drive.. It’s amazing and there are vehicle size restrictions. The parks stated restriction is less than 25 ft in length. We were happy to be in our Subaru. The drive is 9 miles of winding, dipping and driving through low clearances. The low clearances are why we were happy to not be in our Dodge 2500 with kayak racks on top. It can be done, but it would have stressed us out. Our advice is to believe the signs.. the dips are huge.

The park has plenty to offer and we are hardly scratching the surface here. Use the link at the bottom of this post to visit the park website. During the summer, it is not recommended to get out of your car for any longer than a few minutes – meaning no hiking in the summer. Visiting during the cooler months opens up opportunities to explore the many trails. During our visit we explored the Badwater Basin, because we were not prepared for hiking. There are a few trails in the park, but most routes are cross country. We stuck to the roadside trails.

Badwater Basin.. realizing he would be that deep

What to bring.. It should go without saying, but I’m going to say it. Bring plenty of water, even if you have no plans for hiking. This is the hottest, driest, lowest place in North America. Check the parks website, listed below, before going to find out about closures and know the weather. Flash flooding is an additional hazard that may occur in the park.

Devils Golf Course.

At Devil’s Golf Course large fields of eroded rock salt can been seen. If you listen carefully, you can here the salt crystals exploding due to expanding and contracting with the changes in temperatures. Despite being sharp and pocked we did see some fellow park goers attempting to navigate walking across the salt as well as taking souvenirs. It’s a big no-no, illegal, to take the salt or remove anything from a protected National Park.

Visit the National Park Service Website for more information about Death Valley National Park

Organization Must Haves for the RV

So you have a travel trailer or an RV, whether it’s new to you or you have been an owner for sometime you may have noticed that they don’t come equipped with all the conveniences you would like. Here is a short list containing a few of the items we have recently need to add. Maybe they can come in handy for you as well!

The pantry and other storage cabinets in our travel trailer are deep and dark. I had already purchased an LED light bar under our cabinets inside our home and I liked them so much that when I got fed up with our dark cabinets and not being able to see what is in them ordered more. These are great – they are USB rechargeable and they mount with a magnet. Simply choose where you want to mount it and stick it on. The charge lasts a long time. On/Off options include always on, motion sense and off. In addition, there are three light settings, soft, bright white, and soft+bright white. Get these great lights here.

This is another awesome space saving item that I had already purchased one for inside our home and decided to get another to put in the travel trailer. Why don’t all travel trailers come equipped with a place for paper towels? We ended up placing this above our sink, but it will stick anywhere you want to put it. Mounts vertically and horizontally. The hold is amazing and it does not need mounting hardware. Find this cool paper towel holder here.

Our newest travel trailer seems to have a remote for everything. It’s a travel trailer and there are at least 5 remotes to keep track of. We opted for this 3m mounted remote holder to keep track of the TV/entertainment area remotes. It is small enough to mount behind the TV or the inside of a cabinet. The draw back is the flexibility of the interior wall. We will be mounting this with Command Picture Hanging Strips to compensate for the flex and prevent damage from our not so delicate children. This handy remote holder can be found here.

There are five of us and when we go somewhere in the travel trailer most of the time each of us has at least two pairs of shoes. There is a small cubby area in the doorway for shoes, but having at about 10 pairs of shoes really crowds the space. These space saving shoe holders make it easy to stack pairs of shoes and keep track of the matching pairs saving time and space at the same time. We are going to add an LED light here too. Making this area easier to access. These useful shoe slots can be found here.

Leave a comment below to let us know what you find most useful, either from this list or something you use.