What? Another great place? Yes, it's true. We really loved staying at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and also visiting Carlsbad Caverns which were only 20 miles north of here.
The kids did a Jr. Ranger program here at the Guadalupe mountains. Teague and I did a "Senior" Ranger Program for people ages 13 and up. We had never seen a program like this before, but apparently several national parks also have a "sr." ranger program, in addition to their Jr. Ranger program. We all learned a lot about the history, geology and biology of this desert environment.
We had a great visit our first day here with Teague's former deckhand, Shad Houser, and is wife, Maria and their daughter, Ashley. We visited a historic ranch house, went for a 2+ mile hike and had a great "rv-q" dinner. It was so wonderful visiting with the Housers and especially getting to know their daughter, Ashley. She was a great hiker and really gave the boys a run for their money, which they thoroughly enjoyed!
The next day we drove up to Carlsbad Caverns and spent most of the day underground! This was an awesome site! We entered the caverns through the "natural entrance" and descended down 750 feet via mostly switchback paved pathways. Along the way we saw many stalagmites, stalactites, and columns. The underground 'rooms' were amazingly huge. We never felt claustrophobic because of the enormity of the whole place. There was even an underground lunchroom, restrooms, and, thankfully, an elevator to the top. We really enjoyed our visit here and saw many wonderful things.