The Holidays: Family Get Togethers

Where We’ve Been… in the past

Ruidoso, NM

Ruidoso, NM is located near to the infamous UFO Crash site in New Mexico, Roswell. With only about an hour and half drive from Roswell, you can enjoy the views of the mountains, trees, sometimes clear skies (if it’s not raining or snowing… or storming bad). But this is what we did while we were in Ruidoso, NM for 2 family vacations.

Winter 2011 (+/- a year or two)

The first time my mom’s side of the family (2 aunts and an uncle, 6 cousins) we stayed in a place that looked a lot like apartments. The way it was setup felt more like you could live there on a month-to-month basis. We were there for about 8 days, and so we had the town at our disposal… sort of. There are things to do like wine tasting, shopping, bars, clubs, bowling… they even have their own Casino and Resort called Inn of the Mountain Gods which has some of the best mixed drinks in the area!!! Also, there was a place called “Sanctuary on the River” which housed their own hydroponics and catered to weddings and unique events… and when they were still around, they were gay friendly, like most of New Mexico is.

Winter 2015

This was an exciting time for all of us. We came back for a second round and found out that a lot has changed from the first time we came in 2011. There was hardly any snow, however, there was a lot of rain and sleet and one day HAIL. We also went on a hike up a place called Moon Mountain, which was an adventure. We had fun, we played games, told stories, made up a few cool games and then realized that my cousin’s husband has little man syndrome, he has “all the answers”.

Moon Mountain

Things to do around Ruidoso, NM

Roswell UFO Musuem

The International UFO Museum and Research Center is in Roswell, New Mexico, United States, in the downtown district, and is focused on the 1947 Roswell Crash and later supposed UFO incidents in the United States and elsewhere. It was founded in 1991 as a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization and is in a former movie theater from the 1930s. 

The museum contains an extensive library and exhibits all focused on the history of UFO encounters. Additionally, it has an extensive library collection of UFO material and meeting room. It functions as the centerpiece of the annual UFOfest held in Roswell each year

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, November 3). International UFO Museum and Research Center. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:09, November 27, 2021, from

NM Museum of Space History

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a museum and planetarium complex in Alamogordo, New Mexico, US dedicated to artifacts and displays related to space flight and the space age. It includes the International Space Hall of Fame.

The Museum of Space History highlights the role that New Mexico has had in the U. S. space program and is one of eight museums administered by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The museum has been accredited by American Alliance of Museums since 1993. The museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Sunspot Observatory

The Sunspot Solar Observatory is an astronomical observatory designed for the study of the Sun. The observatory is operated by New Mexico State University and the National Solar Observatory.

It is split between operations at the telescope facility at Sunspot, New Mexico and data and management at the Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University. The Sunspot telescope facility is in the Sacramento Mountains, approximately 18 miles south of Cloudcroft.

Access to the facility telescopes and grounds are open to the public for guided tours.

What’s Next?

I am working on a few more posts for the year 2021, because I will be having a newborn nephew soon and that will take up most of my time while I get to spend time with him, and so I will return after I post the third post for 2021!