Caving at Carlsbad Cavern in New Mexico
Mission accomplished….we found Carlsbad, New Mexico. Getting here from the highway was fun. (The main street is undergoing a complete repaving, including left turn lanes…must be driving the small business owners nuts.) We can check this park off our bucket list….although we would have loved to have seen the night flight of bats…alas, they are in Mexico until late March when the weather warms a bit here.
We were so sad to see the area around the caverns…apparently a fire last June (2011) swept through the park and closed it for 2 days. New foliage is appearing so not all is lost, but it will be quite a while before the cacti and agave plants are back to their once former glory.
Today we ‘just’ walked the “Big Room” of the caverns….our self-guided tour took us 3.5 hours. We were just amazed, with every turn we came upon such exquisite “decorations” – the term the park employees use. For all the early “trampling” – way before the paved pathways, railings and curbs – it is astonishingly unmarred. Or, maybe I just wasn’t looking far enough into the nooks and crannies.
We’ll do the Natural Entrance and the guided tour of the King’s Palace tomorrow.
So many photos, far too many to do justice here – do a short movie is before that will give you an idea we hope of some of the beauty we saw 750′ below the surface. Short, only 1.42 minutes…enjoy.