Danler Road Trip 2016 – Carlsbad Caverns

July 8, 2016

After eating breakfast at the hotel we stopped in at the nearby Krispy Kreme. We don’t have one in Maine, so seized our opportunity while in Texas. When we got in, the lady working there gave us fresh hot sample donuts. All I wanted was a hot glazed donut, so she satisfied that without me having to make a purchase. The day was starting out well. The girls each purchased two donuts for the road, and we were off.

As we headed out of El Paso, past the dozens of scrap and junk car lots, all evidence of civilization slowly disappeared, except for the occasional battered old recreational vehicle parked in the desert and serving as someone’s home. It was quite desolate and depressed. After several miles we came to a Border Patrol checkpoint where we were asked if we were US citizens, and upon giving the correct answer allowed to proceed. A few dozen miles later we passed a sign stating simply that the next services, e.g. gas, was in 128 miles. We had a quarter of a tank, so turned around and headed all the way back to El Paso. So much for getting to Carlsbad early. trusted sites buy viagra

We did eventually get to Carlsbad Caverns. It was late morning when we arrived, and we were all very excited for what we’d shortly see underground. We talked to the ranger in the Visitor’s Center, then got our tickets for the Natural Entrance and Big Room self-guided trails and the King’s Palace ranger-guided tour. why is levitra cheaper than viagra

The caves are a wondrous, magical place. The caverns are absolutely massive. Fortunately for us visitors, the trails are well constructed and maintained, and there is good lighting of the walkway and cave features and decorations. The girls and I were in awe at the many stalactites, stalagmites, popcorn, soda straws, draperies, and massive fallen boulders. We read the signs along the paths to learn about the geology and history of the caves.

During the ranger-guided tour of King’s Palace, our ranger turned off the lights in the cave. No light from the surface reaches that far down, so it was completely, immensely black. It was as if we were instantly plunged into a pool of black crude oil, as every space between eyeball and object was filled with a tangible, material blackness. After he described what it might be like for an early cave explorer to be in this darkness, and how important it was to bring with them light, he created a single flame which lighted the entire room. Then, he offered anybody with a light to use them, and immediately all the iPhone flashlights were illuminated, filling the room with a cold, blue light. It was amazing to me how the darkness felt. In there I could see nothing. It was serene and oddly peaceful.

After our guided tour we stood in line for the elevator to the surface. We got lunch in the restaurant there at the Caverns, then poked around in the gift shop. Hayley bought a little souvenir, then we left. We drove four hours to Albuquerque and checked in to the Hyatt Regency. Our room was on the 19th floor and was quite impressive. It was late, nearly midnight, so we all went to bed without enjoying its amenities. It was a good day, filled with natural geologic wonders and phenomena, singing, and conversation.

When we stepped into the Krispy Kreme we were each given a hot and gooey fresh donut
When we stepped into the Krispy Kreme we were each given a hot and gooey fresh donut
The road from El Paso, Texas to Carlsbad, New Mexico.
The road from El Paso, Texas to Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Jenna, Hayley, and Skye prior to descending into the deep, dark cave.
Jenna, Hayley, and Skye prior to descending into the deep, dark cave.
The cave opening at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The cave opening at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
We LOVED our time in the caves at Carlsbad Caverns.
We LOVED our time in the caves at Carlsbad Caverns.
Strobist assist from Jenna on my cave selfie. cheap viagra uk buy
Strobist assist from Jenna on my cave selfie.
The girls stop along the path to look at the endless cave decorations
The girls stop along the path to look at the endless cave decorations
Stalagmites, stalactites, curtains, soda straws, and popcorn.
Stalagmites, stalactites, curtains, soda straws, and popcorn.
The girls loved being down in the caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The girls loved being down in the caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The girls learn about the various geologic phenomenon at Carlsbad Caverns.
The girls learn about the various geologic phenomenon at Carlsbad Caverns.
The vastness of the caverns is only exceeded by its plethora of decorations
The vastness of the caverns is only exceeded by its plethora of decorations
A column of tiny curtains
A column of tiny curtains
Curtains
Curtains
Lots of pretty decorations at Carlsbad Caverns. viagra store
Lots of pretty decorations at Carlsbad Caverns.
Skye and Jenna just after emerging from the deep cave.
Skye and Jenna just after emerging from the deep cave.
Aliens at Roswell, New Mexico?
Aliens at Roswell, New Mexico?
The aliens are behind me, aren't they?
The aliens are behind me, aren’t they?
The storm and sunset on our way to Alburqueque were impressive. cialis coupons printable

2 Comment

  1. Tonya Holt says: Reply

    I didn’t even know Carlsbad Caverns existed until this trip, fascinating! Thank you for sharing your experiences, they are a reminder to make the most of each day.

    1. Carlsbad Caverns is a gem. If Donald Trump is elected president, I’m going to ask the Park Service if I can build a little bungalow in it.

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