Caving old style
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Where I stayed
Oliver Lee State Park
What I did
Left Hand Tunnel in Carlsbad
Out tour this morning was for 9:00 and was to last two hours. So we had to pack up the RV a little before we went. This was the last time we’d go up and down the mountain to Carlsbad Caverns. It is a great drive through the arroyos with lots of twists and turns. After being here for four days we felt like pros. Going down the elevator we did not even have to show our tickets since everyone knew us by now. The tour is done old-style with candle lanterns and the cave path is unpaved. Kind of like an intermitted cave tour between the easy introductory King’s Palace and the rough and tumble Lower Cave. This is called the Left Hand tour because when the first explorer, Jim White, came to this place, this particular route was on his left. Very original name. A positive of this tour was the size of the group – only 10. A family of five was suppose to come but did not – I bet they had some loud kids so it was best they stayed away
Back down the hill at the RV park, I cooked a lunch of fresh made guacamole with chicken tostadas. I’m getting pretty good at my guaca I have to say. After lunch the RV was hooked to the truck and we were out of Carlsbad. Out drive today was close to 200 miles – half boring and half crazy beautiful. The first 100 miles was boring 4 lane highway through flat desert scrub. My gas mileage sucked as we had this 25 mph headwind holding me back. Our first small town we passed trough was Artisia – nice looking place for being in the middle of nowhere with a nice downtown with cowboy statues all over the place
We stayed in a mostly mobile home park called White Sands community. Sites were full hook-up and close together. But it had a little privacy wall in-between each site with plenty of shade trees which is much needed in a New Mexico summer. The down part is they want to charge for Wi Fi. For RV parks that is so last decade. Any private RV part worth their salt does not charge for Wi Fi. They do have free cable but I don’t watch that much TV. While Pooja took a nap I took a drive around town to get some the cheapies diesel I could and do a Wal Mart run.
After some much needed showers we went out to eat tonight to relax after that crazy drive down the mountain. I did some research on the Droid and found this hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint called La Hacienda
After dinner we took Quique out for a walk. She was so excited that she started running around the RV lot like crazy taking sharp turns. Then a smaller Chihuahua came out and the both of them started to play chase for half an hour. Now for most dogs this in no problem, but Quique rarely plays with other dogs. So this was so much fun to watch. Besides playing, Quique is getting all upset over the noisy birds at the campground. It sounds like a tropical rainforest around here without the rain. After playing I finally got to sit outside with my lazy chair and read for awhile before going to sleep.