Carlsbad Caverns

Trip Start May 15, 2006
Trip End Jun 05, 2006

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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Thursday, May 25, 2006

From Roswell, we headed southwest to Carlsbad Caverns. This is the place where thousands of bats come out every evening for food. Each night during the summer, you can sit in the amphitheater right outside the entrance to the cavern and watch the bats come out of the cavern. We entered the cavern in the morning so there were no bats, but there was birds flying in and out. One decided to welcome me by popping right on my watch. It was a steep, snaking climb down into the cavern. At the bottom was the Big Room. It takes just over a mile to walk around the perimeter of the Big Room. We saw formations called The Lion's Tail, the Witches Finger, the Whale's Mouth, and the Bottomless Pit among other formations. After spending about two hours of walking through the caverns, we took the elevator back up 750 feet back to the surface. According to information provided, the caves started out as the bottom of an inner ocean where a coral reef had formed. Lime deposits buried the formations when the ocean receded. Over time, acidic water from the surface seeped down and caused the limestone to liquefy. As the liquefied stone washed away, the caverns where formed. The dripping water from the surface adds to the formations seen hanging from the ceiling or sticking up from the floor. It was funny when we got to the surface. It was pouring outside, yet you could see blue skies above us and away from the area, but there were clouds just around us. From the Caverns, we headed southeast to Fort Stockton, TX. We hit strong winds, a dust storm, and saw a brush fire. We stayed at the Fort Stockton KOA. I had to laugh when the lady at the café said rain always went around Fort Stockton, just like at home . I went for a swim in the pool and watched the thunderstorms to the north and south of us.
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