Join us as we travel North America in our Holiday Rambler Vacationer, since August. 2006
A bright sunny morning today and we plan to tour a bit of the Carlsbad Caverns today, that we have heard so much about, thanks to Debra and John from Stone Island, Mexico. We had camped at White City RV park right at the entrance to the caverns. Just a 6 mile drive to the visitor centre. This was no doubt named after a cowboy Jim White who explored and began to publicize these caverns in the early 1900's.
Jim Whites Bucket
Arriving about 9:45am we purchased our tickets for the Natural Entrance route. This is a self guided tour that descends 750 feet into the earth. Beginning at the huge opening is an Amphitheater for observing the Bat Flight that happens from early spring to mid October in the evening and can last from 20 minutes to 2 and 1/2 hours. We followed the paved trail winding down with a stainless steel hand rail, down, down we walked , about 1 and 1/2 hours to travel one mile of trails to a depth of 750 feet.
Absolutely breathtaking sights and wonders to be seen. The pictures do not do it any justice at all. The huge hole and the depths that we went to, the amazing formations, and the size of some of theses rooms was astounding. By the time we reached the 750 foot level we had a choice to tour the Big Room Route ( an immense 8.2 acre room, one and one half hours more) or take the elevator back to the surface and tour again tomorrow. The second choice was voted for so we returned to the surface and made our way back home for a late lunch, relax and research a bit more. In preparation of a guided tour on Wednesday of the Kings Palace Cavern.
Today we did a roast beef in the slow cooker to enjoy for supper, after an interesting busy day. Can't wait until tomorrow!
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