A great day for caving
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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We made it back to the top via the elevator before anyone else. We did this so we could beat the lunch line at the cafeteria in the visitors center, which we did. Pooh had a veggie burger and I had some New Mexico style pork BBQ. The food was OK but the portion was small. Still hungry, Pooh went to the truck to eat some more snacks. I went back to fetch a water before we went on our 2nd tour of the day.
Our next tour was the Natural Entrance. This is where Carlsbad Caverns was discovered and where most people entered the cave before the elevator was built. This is where the bats come out a sunset so they close this several hours beforehand. There is a zig-zag pathway several hundred feet down. It is only one mile from here to the elevators but you go down over 700 feet. Better to walk down and take the elevator up
This was the Big Room tour which was another self guided. For this mile and a half it was stick full of cave eye candy with everything you want in a cave and nothing boring. Hard to describe here so just check out the photos and videos. Today was just some of the best caving experiences I have ever had. Total all the caves I have been too and they don’t equal what I have seen today. After this awesome last tour we went back up the elevator and drove back home. However, this time we took the back road which is called the Walnut Canyon Desert Drive. It is a 9 mile gravel road halfway down the mountain. Some places you could only go 5 mph so as not to send you flying in the air. Nothing different about the landscape compared to the regular road. It was just that this was a narrow one lane twisty gravel road.
Back at White’s City RV Quique was glad we came home and the AC kept the RV at 80 all day. 80 degrees in this dry weather is not too bad. Plus I don’t want the AC to freeze up. Pooh cooked some Indian eggplant for dinner. At dusk I went back up the hill to watch the bat program. This is our last night here so I hope it is good. Hearing the exact same ranger talk was not all exciting but this bat show did not disappoint. Thousands of bats came out tonight versus a few hundred on the previous nights. Once it got too dark to see the bats it was time to head back down the hill and call it a night.
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