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... and down to their regular beat; we were in oil country – West Texas. After we had passed by Big Spring with its large airport, railway siding and plants belching steam, a few irrigation circles appeared and then the dry Shafter Lake. Suddenly the concrete pads stopped just before a large swathe of scrubland, then they started up again as we approached Eunice – the Texas/New Mexican border!
It was only as we approached Carlsbad, 2hrs 20mins after ...
... the center room 754 ft below the surface. You could also take the elevator down the 754 ft and walk out the Natural Entrance, but that would mean hiking up 874 ft. Hiking down 874 feet had much more appeal. As we entered the cave, you could see some bats hanging from the ceiling, and there were a bunch of sparrows that were flying in and out of the opening. We though the sparrows were bats at first, but the ranger explained ...
... were looking for something interesting to do today, as we weren't planning on visiting Carlsbad Caverns until tomorrow, we though we would stop in to check it out. As we pulled in the parking lot at the visitors center, there was only one other car there and they were leaving. We went inside, and we were the only people other than the park rangers that were there.
The park rangers were very nice, and showed us what ...
... that adorn the cave. The added puzzlement is the fact that they are often right next to each other. There may be massive stalactites and graceful 'draperies' next to rough crystals and other unique formations. The size and openess of the rooms is also amazing. The Big Room alone could house fourteen 747 jets. Most of the cave trails were easy to walk on and, with only a few exceptions, wheelchair accessible. We spent over five hours touring the cave ...
... fun fact! The Big Room is another mile and a quarter to walk around the whole thing but this time, it was fairly flat (as we were at the bottom of the cavern). We walked around and took in all of the spectacular sites. Again, I could try to describe how awesome it was, but I can't do it justice. It was truly amazing, and every way you looked there was a cool cave formation or something that peaked your interest. After walking around for another hour and a half, we made our way to ...
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