Sunday, June 11, 2017

Road Trip

Well, lost the last post I started so will just start over. Our second day we spent the afternoon in Carlsbad, N.M. We went to Carlsbad Caverns, a pretty amazing place. You can hike around the caverns on a self guided tour. You enter a large opening with switchbacks, cave swallows are zooming in and out making lots of noise. The sound gets more intense as you enter the cavern. Gives you the feeling you may be walking into a Hitchcock movie. Once you get into the dark the birds disappear but somewhere deep inside there are bats...more to come on that.

We did the hike down via The Nature Entrance trail, you can take an elevator. If you are okay with hiking about 1 1/2 miles down a steep incline I recommend taking the long way. You arrive at the Big Room. There are two sections again just a couple miles and pretty level terrain but the formations are worth doing it all. With every section the speleothems (stalagmites & stalactites) have something new see experiences.

Later in the evening we returned to see the Bat Flight. At the Nature Entrance the bats make their way from 4 miles deep within to come out at night to find moths (apparently their favorite) and other bugs. There are about 200,000 this year, in past years there have been hundreds of thousands more. It is one of those moment I just love nature. Watching the bats come out and circle at the entrance, slowly peeling off in groupings and curving one way then another before heading out to distance places. It is their own dance, strange and beautiful.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to Carlsbad to explore the caverns and need a place to eat, drink or stay check out Trinity. We did not stay there but went in for wine tasting, dinner and enjoyed it so much we went back for breakfast Saturday morning before hitting the road to Austin, TX.

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