Monday, July 11, 2016

Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks


After we left Big Bend, we headed to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.  When we arrived at our campsite, it was incredibly hot (the only thing that makes the heat manageable is the lack of humidity) and the Airstream took a long, long time to cool down after baking in the sun on the hot, hot roads!  After a few hours though, the sun wasn't quite as strong and we were able to enjoy a sunset walk around the lake where we were staying.





The State Park where we stayed had hundreds thousands of bunnies and jack rabbits!  They were darling and the children thoroughly enjoyed walking around taking photos of them.  Unfortunately, we also saw a tarantula at our campsite.  It wasn't nearly as adorable as all the bunnies!




We spent most of the next day at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  When it is 106 degrees outside, a cave that has a fairly steady temperature of 56 degrees is the place to be!


This cave is the product acidic acid seeping down through cracks and dissolving the soft limestone.  Over millions of years the rooms and passages of the cave were hollowed out.  The cave is filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns and draperies.  There were so many features, along with water, that made my jaw drop.  Again, I wish the pictures did it justice, but with the artificial light in the caves and with the inability to give a sense of the vastness, they do fall short.







After spending a significant amount of time at the caves, we headed over to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  This park was not originally on our itinerary, but with it only being 30 minutes away, we thought it worth the drive.  The Guadalupe Mountains are significant because many geologists consider the rocks of the Guadalupes one of the best examples of exposed fossil reef in the world. We toured the very interesting visitors station and saw El Capitan.



That evening, to celebrate the 4th of July, we found spectacular fireworks on the Pecos River in Carlsbad.  They were some of the best fireworks we've seen!  It was the perfect end to the day.


Next stop, White Sands Monument....








2 comments:

  1. As close as we are to Carlsbad and White Sands we have never made it there. We even have family in Albuquerque so it would be convenient. I guess we will have to trek down south and check it out. Looks hot! Wonder if it would be a nice fall adventure. What a cool trip you are all on.

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  2. So neat to see Anna! Love those cave pictures!

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