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May 19, 2019 - Carlsbad Caverns

May 19th: Carlsbad Caverns We came here specifically to tour the Carlsbad Caverns which have been designated a World Heritage Site. The caverns are located in the Guadalupe Mountains Range which is just southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Both the mountains and the caverns are National Parks. To get to the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center and entrance, you have to go to the top of a mountain. Once inside, an elevator takes you down 750 feet to the cavern. However, just arriving at the Visitor Center is rather unusual as it is on top of a...

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May 18, 2019 - Drive thru the Permian Basin

May 18th: The Permian Basin This morning, we drove from Fort Stockton, TX to Carlsbad, NM which took us through Pecos, Tx. This area is experiencing an oil boom because of fracking. We are in the area known as the Permian Basin. The land here is flat with no trees, just scrub brush and grass. It is open prairie with a ribbon of a two lane road through it that has a speed limit of 75mph. As we got closer to Pecos, Texas we saw more signs of oil exploration and exploitation. The highway became more crowded with heavy trucks hauling oil or oil...

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Apr 3, 2018 - Tuesday 4/3/18

We spent the day at Carlsbad Caverns. With our lifetime national parks seniors passes, we got in for free. The elevators were still broken, so we descended 75 stories by foot to the bottom of the caverns. I took lots of photos along the way, but I haven’t had time to upload them and see how they turned out. It took us 2 hours to get to the bottom and into the Big Room. It was as gorgeous as I’d remembered! There was a tiny cafeteria down there, too, and we were able to grab the last of the day’s available sandwiches and water. The cave is a...

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Apr 2, 2018 - Monday 4/2/18

We all got an early start this morning, and were on the road by 8:30am. The drive was long, but not bad until we got into New Mexico,, and the fearce winds. Gusts were around 45mph! They are still howling several hours later. This whole region is very desert-like. We will be setting our alarms again tonight, as we want to get an early start to Carlsbad Caverns. It’s nearly an hour-long drive to get there from our campground.

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Oct 11, 2017 - New Mexico

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2017 Another summer has gone by. We went to the Spring Escapees RV rally in Wi Dells in June and the fall rally in Two Rivers in Sept. Most of the summer we worked delivering the Camping World flyers and delivering for our son Peters business. I had cataracts removed in both eyes and Sharon had her left knee replaced. We left Wisconsin on the first day of fall which was also hottest day of the year at 95. We spent a week in Branson, MO and a week in Lakewood, NM on our way to Arizona. In Branson we saw three shows, Road...

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Jan 26, 2017 - New Mexico

We started early and we're at the historical fort stockton by 9 am. We went though the old buildings that are open and walked the grounds. We then went to the Anne Riggs museum. Lot of interesting stuff. We then drove to Pecos, it is supposed to be the place that had the first rodeo. We went to the West of Pecos Museum and it was huge. A fifty room hotel buildt in early 1900's and at least 35 of those rooms had displays. We then did a little driving and after following gps down some very secondary road we made it to the Carlsbad caverns. We...

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Brenner 2017

Nov 14, 2016 - Carlsbad NM

Today’s trek to Carlsbad Caverns https://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm went just as planned. A 30 minute drive back down Hwy 62/180 then about 6 miles north on the park entrance road to the Visitor Center followed by a 2 hour walk 750’ underground. The park was established in 1923 as Carlsbad Caverns National Monument and gained National Park designation in 1930 and since then has shuffled over 44,000,000 visitors through the cave system via self-guided or ranger-guided tours. The 119 currently identified caves have been mapped for 120 miles...

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Nov 13, 2016 - Carlsbad NM

Friday was nothing more than a long drive day – just over 6 hours – down I-25 then just past Las Vegas...the one in New Mexico...we headed south on U.S. 84, then some more south on Hwy 54 for awhile, then onto Hwy 285 to a UFO and little green man-free overnight stay in Roswell, New Mexico. Saturday was just the opposite – a short 90 minute drive to the dusty, unimpressive town of Carlsbad so we can use it as a base to visit Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains parks starting Sunday. We hit the road Sunday just about 9:30 and drove...

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Oct 24, 2016 - One Bucket List Item-Done!

After Alamogordo we traveled to Carlsbad. Since we had toured the city and gone to the nature park when we were stranded there on the way to Pagosa, we decided to tour the caverns. It had been many years since we had done that. One thing we were both dying to see was the bat exodus in the evening. Always before, we were there at the wrong time of the year and had missed it. The cave tour itself was a self-guided walk. It is a wet cave (unlike Mammouth Cave, which is dry) so there were many formations of stalagmites and stalactites to see....

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May 9, 2016 - Guadalupe Mts. and Carlsbad

We headed to Carlsbad, NM for a four day stay to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park and The Guadalupe Mountains National Park. On the way, we passed through Pecos, TX, the place where the first rodeo in the US was held. This route also took us directly through 100 miles of oil fields - one pump after another. The next morning we headed out to both parks, going first to Guadalupe. The park is just over the border in Texas and includes the highest peak in the state. This range, like the Chisos in Big Bend, is located in the Chihuahuan...

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Rocky Mountain Trip

May 1, 2016 - Getting to Pagosa

I guess you have noticed that I did not post anything at all over the summer. So...I am planning to post a month at a time, and hopefully do better this coming winter! You know what they say about the best of plans. We left Big Bend with plans to arrive in Pagosa on the 28th of April, enough time for us to get up the hill to our campsite and get a bit settled in before we started to work. Our supervisors, Don and Sherry, did what they could to get our water systems up and running. Unfortunately, plans went awry for all of us. We were...

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Apr 5, 2016 - Carlsbad

I had gone to Carlsbad last year and went into the Caverns. This year the elevator that brings you down and up out of the Caverns was not operating. I had done the walk down and remembered saying, "I'm sure glad I don't have to walk up." So..I opted to not do the caverns this year. We did go to the Carlsbad Desert Zoo and Gardens. It is really done well and a good time was had by all. I had never seen blooms on the Yuccas like they had there. Our next stop was Sitting Bull Falls, which I had never been to and was told it was a "must see"....

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