Saturday, February 18, 2012

Carlsbad, New Mexico (Feb. 15, 2012 - Feb. 18, 2012)

We departed Ft. Stockton on a very windy morning.  Carlsbad was a short 140 mile drive from Ft. Stockton and the entire trip was in the desert and oil fields.  Nothing spectacular to record for it all looked the same.  We arrived at the Carlsbad Caverns RV park before noon and set up, still in a windy environment.

Our goal here was to visit the Carlsbad Caverns and tour the local countryside. We planned for the Caverns on Thursday, sight see on Friday and depart on Saturday.

Starting out at 8:30AM, we intending on starting the Cavern tour soon after they opened.  The Carlsbad Caverns are actually on a mountain top.  The view from the Visitor's Center is spectacular.  The entrance to the cavern is nothing but a big hole in the ground.  The trail to the cavern floor took about an hour and was an 800 foot descent.  It was an easy walk and the trail was paved the entire way.  We would recommend this descent for those that are capable of it versus the elevators.  The sights along the way are indescribable.

Once on the cavern floor there are several trails throughout the cavern's main room.  These trails are mostly level.  Again, the sights are indescribable. All-in-all it took almost 4 hours for the tour.  It is no wonder this park is on many people's wish-to-visit list.

Once we felt we had seen everything we had wanted we boarded the cavern elevator for the 750 foot, straight up, ride to the Visitor's Center.  Took all of 45 seconds. 

When we got back to our RV we felt we had been hit in the head with a hammer.  Between the elevation and the amount of walking we had done all we wanted to do was lie down.  An early bedtime that night.

Waking up the next morning we felt even worse so instead of doing any sight seeing we kicked back and prepared for our next destination on Saturday, El Paso, Texas.

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