Do one of the hardest cave tours first
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Relaxing morning as our Carlsbad tour did not start until 1:00. So we took our extensive list of things to get and made our way into the town of Carlsbad 17 miles away to the handy-dandy Wal-Mart. Got plenty of things including a small air mattress for $10 for my Grand Canyon Camping and a nice fishing hat for $5. This Wal-Mart had so much more outdoor stuff than the ones back in Atlanta. Besides outdoor gear I also got some small knick-knacks to fix up the RV (there is always something to fix in the RV). Out of Wal-Mart we found some cheap Diesel and made our way back to White's City RV park for lunch.
Around noon it was time to go up the mountain to Carlsbad Caverns National Park
This was a three hour tour off the beaten path of the cave with lots of adventures. First, we had to repel down a knotted rope at a 45 degree angle on slick rock. After that we had to descend a series of wet twisting ladders through small holes in the cave to get to the lower part of the caverns. When you have to do this the tour group has to be small (ours only had 12 people) and was manned by two National Park rangers
Back down the hill we went to the White’s City RV park for a little rest and to cook a dinner of ribs. A big lighting storm hit the area during dinner. It was neat seeing the lightning strikes all across the mountains and the valley below. Pooja was not feeling well so she took a long nap while I headed back up the hill to hopefully see the bat show. Even though the storm was clearing, the park service canceled the show. I think someone died from a lighting strike up here once before so they are a little trigger happy with canceling these programs. However, a good crowd did gather along the fence outside the Natural Entrance where the bats come out. The weather was a perfect 80 degrees (for the desert) and a nice cool breeze made it better. The sunset was really cool with all the leftover clouds from the storm still getting in the way and creating all kinds of colors. Around 8:15 a few bats started coming out – but not many. Since it had been dry, many bats have migrated to wetter areas. So after an hour, I headed back out down the hill. Back at the RV I worked on pictures outside in the perfect weather for hours.
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