Day 5: Sat, July 14, 1962: Carlsbad Caverns
Trip Start Jul 10, 1973
35Trip End Aug 28, 1973
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It's amazing how rejuvenating a good night's rest in a motel can be! We were up bright and early at 5:30 AM, ready for our next new adventure. At 6:45 AM, we checked out of the motel and headed down Rte 62 towards White City, a tourist trap kind of town filled with cheap souvenir shops. The temperature was already 78 degrees.
We arrived at the caverns early enough to catch one of the first walking tours of the day. I cannot say that Terri and I knew exactly what to expect, but the day would soon be filled with wondrous sights we would never forget in a lifetime! This was also our first experience, outside of the Great Smoky Mountains, of a National Park Visitor Center. I'm sure we were excited about everything we saw in the museum and gift shop!
Terri and I were amazed to find a cafe 700 feet below ground! For some reason, I think we ate chips and ham and cheese sandwiches. The cafe signaled the end of the tour; we took the elevators and were back to the visitor's center in a jiffy.
We left the caverns at 1:10 PM. By now it was 96 degrees outside. We filled up with 10.1 gallons of gas at the Texaco station in Carlsbad and then headed north. We drove through Artesia (another interesting name) and arrived at Bottomless Lakes State Park less than 2 hours later at 4:40 PM.
All of the lakes at the state park were a beautiful blue green. They varied in depth, but were called bottomless because they are deeper than ordinary lakes. The lakes were surrounded by a rocky terrain devoid of trees, certainly nothing like the Georgia landscape we were accustomed to!
After swimming, we ate supper and probably experienced another awesome, desert night under the stars. There is truly nothing to compare with western sunsets and the incredible canopy of stars at night! What a grand day we had today! Thanks, Momma!
Interesting daily links:
Carlsbad Caverns: http://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm
Bottomless Lakes: http://www.newmexico.org/explore/state_parks/bottomless.php