Trip Start Jul 06, 2010
Trip End Aug 04, 2010

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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Monday, July 12, 2010

We stayed the night in Pecos, TX which is 1:30m from the park. Well, What a desolate drive. We found a great little rest stop. We met a couple from TN there. It was the perfect backdrop for some photos.

All I can say about Carlsbad Caverns is that you have to see it to believe it! Words cannot describe the awesomeness and I am not talking Valley Girl. :) The hike down through the Natural Entrance was incredible. (thanks Joyce) It was a mile down walking these steep switchbacks. You just can't wrap your mind around how long it took to make these formations.

The drive from the caverns was gorgeous and we even crossed back into TX. We got to drive through Guadeloupe Mountains National Park as the road we were on passes through. It was breathtaking and we had to stop to take it all in.

We have been pacing ourselves well. We have been doing well with the hotels, too. We have been able to comp a few nights with points, but there have been a few minor things and with Hampton Inn's 100% guarantee we were not required to pay. All in all we have 6 free nights so far. :)
In Las Cruces, NM I saw a real road runner. They are too cute!

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eileen on

Incredible pics !!! I don't think I would make down there - caverns. I would need some "candy" in order to survive the cavern tour. For now, the pics will do it. Keep them coming........

Gigi on

Some great photos!!! I love Mary/Carmen's new house they're sitting in front of;o) All the photos of Buttons/Bubba Dollar/Tex were great...very imaginative..poor guy was even in jail. I'm glad to see him enjoying the trip again. I think both Holden and Miles look as if they've grown taller!!! Unbelievable. Pop Pop looked like a midget next to Holden. Continue keeping us posted and enjoy;o)

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