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El Paso to Las Cruces via Roswell: Detours Into the Paranormal Book 2 by Denver Michaels begins with views of the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas. The author and his son went on a special road trip that commenced with the Hueco Tanks and encompassed many of the wonders of America. The landscape is enriched with recounts of Mescalero Apache legends, including those about owls. Original photographs by the author include images of the Carlsbad Caverns. These caves remind the author of “Lizard People” and other alien myths. A highlight of the trip is a visit to Roswell, where they enjoyed alien-themed tourist attractions. After exploring Bottomless Lakes State Park, they headed on to Bitter Lakes, where they hoped to see a Sandhill crane looking like “Mothman”. Then they checked out the Three Rivers Petroglyphs site, and the author includes a discussion of “Bigfoot” sightings. They had to get passes to access the museum at White Sands. After hiking around, they continued on to Las Cruces.
El Paso to Las Cruces via Roswell by Denver Michaels is a travelogue with a difference. I really liked the photographs taken by the author, which I found more accessible than short glimpses on television or in travel guides. I was intrigued by the exploration of the assortment of mythology and urban legends associated with each area. The author’s tone is warm and inviting as he welcomes the reader to join the father and son road trip. I enjoyed reading about such a harmonious family adventure and felt I learned a great deal about the countryside. I recommend El Paso to Las Cruces via Roswell by Denver Michaels to anyone who enjoys exploring mythology, reading about travel, or alien encounter stories.