Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
69Trip End Aug 13, 2010
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Not more than a few days ago we decided to check out these Carlsbad Caverns and I'm glad we did. We wanted to see more than the standard "self guided routes" so I had booked this Lower Cave tour, in advance, for Friday at 1pm. Not too costly...$20 for adults and $10 for Vi. They only allow 9 people per day on this tour and we scored the last 3 tickets by calling ahead. We were real lucky here.
We got up in the morning, had breakfast then headed up to the National Park about 30 or 40 minutes out of town and up this windy little road. It was slow going and luckily they had plenty of RV parking for us at the top. It was hot and they had a kennel service that welcomed Chula for $5. We opened up the RV windows for Sugar and left him inside while we did the tour. (The heat doesn't seem to bother our cat as much as our dog.
Once again, our National Parks pass pays off. We love that thing. We entered the park and walked the self guided tour 750 ft into into the cave.
We were back into the RV and on the road toward Odessa, Tx by 5 or so. This was my best time I had in NM by far.
On our way out of Carlsbad we stopped at this BBQ joint to sample some brisket and ribs. I can't remember the name of the place but, sad to say, it wasn't that good. The brisket tasted a little like corned beef and the ribs were way over salted. Oh well. Had to try it and I plan on sampling lots of BBQ, among other foods, along the way. Did I tell you I ate an Elk burger at a little town near Bryce, UT? Different but not so sure I can say I enjoyed it. I ate about half of it.
Lately we've been running across lots of BBQ places. Even in little towns. It's apparent that BBQ is way more popular out this way than back in Santa Rosa.