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Jun 3, 2019 - Carlsbad Caverns

This post is a day late. We got an early start and arrived in Carlsbad around 2 or so. We got set up, ate, and then headed to the caverns. We were here about 20 years ago or so but did not remember the incredible size of the main room. We're pretty sure the Park Service hasn't enlarged it so I guess we just don't remember. It was spectacular. We were both glad we took this detour on our trip. Our Adventure Pass got us in for free or it would have been $15 each. We just love our geezer pass. After hiking the 1.25-mile loop inside the main...

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May 1, 2019 - Carlsbad Caverns

Well here it is, my first entry. We departed Sumter Oaks in the middle of April after a protracted delay in getting Marci's car title. We traveled North to Georgia and spent a week visiting Kep and Nancy. We had a wonderful time and got to see all the progress on their house remodel. When we departed there we traveled to Monroe Louisiana where we rested from the days travels and woke to a huge thunderstorm. We decided to wait out the storm and departed at about 10am. While traveling to Texas we saw the results of the tornado the morning...

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North to Alaska 2019

Dec 16, 2018 - Brantley Lake State Park (12/10 - 12/11/18)

We have stayed at Brantley Lake before and loved it. We had site #34 which was at an end and looked out over the desert and the lake. There weren't so many people there this time, but that was fine. The sites on this side of the park have water and electric and are $14 a night. The other side of the park has sewer in addition. It was quite cold and a bit windy, but we got out and had fun. We went to see Carlsbad Caverns again. We walked down the natural entrance. It is about a mile walk and takes about an hour. There were only about 35...

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Aug 13, 2018 - New Mexico, Part 6

From the high peaks of Texas to a massive underground room in New Mexico, we spent today visiting two of the nation’s national parks. Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Cavern are about 35 miles apart. We started at Guadalupe. This park is truly a wilderness area. There are no roads that penetrate into the park. The visitors center is just off the highway that runs along the edge of the park between Carlsbad, N.M., and El Paso, Texas. The only way to really experience the park is to hike, something Vivian and I are not about to do. There is...

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Southwest trek

Feb 21, 2017 - Carlsbad Caverns

Well we're in New Mexico. The weather has been great. A little cold some nights, but that's why we have a furnace with us. We got to Carlsbad Caverns and thought that we would have to kennel Bunny. It happens that the temperature was below 70 degrees so we were able to leave Bunny in the camper with the windows open. SHE WAS GREAT. We couldn't have ask for her to have been any better. This is the first time that we have left her in the camper like this. So we wont be using the cage for her anymore. The ride from the main road to the...

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May 25, 2016 - Carlsbad Caverns

It was 41 when we got up this morning! We definitely are in the high desert, the Chihuahua desert is the largest in North America. After I thawed out, we headed back to the cavern. We decided to hike in and take the elevator out. The elevator had been out of service all winter and as it turned out, I was really glad we didn't have to hike back out. We hiked in the entrance where all the bats exit. We weren't allowed into the bat room, as it was full of guano (bat poop) and they don't want the bats disturbed. We did ask about the bats...

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May 24, 2016 - Carlsbad, NM

Driving through Texas was quite an experience! We drove miles and miles and didn't see anything but oil wells, cattle, amber waves of grain, and what seemed like lots of poverty. Tiny towns and they were all dilapidated. One of the greatest experiences of this trip has been the realization of what a mammoth size this USA is! The wind is still blowing so driving has been interesting, doesn't really bother Dan except for our low gas mileage. Checked in at the KOA in Carlsbad. They had a wind gauge and it was blowing 25-30 mph! Did our first...

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Apr 5, 2016 - 80 stories down and spectacular!

When we looked into Carlsbad Caverns as part of tis trip we found out from the website that the elevators weren't in service until the end of May. We had no idea what this meant, and, undeterred, went forth with the plans and were thrilled to show up this morning for our big exploration. When we went to the window to get our tickets the gal said, "you are aware that the elevators are not in service?" "Yes", we said. So we got our tickets and went through the visitors center to the tour entrance where we met a ranger who said "you are aware...

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Apr 4, 2016 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park

We arrived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park this afternoon. Went to the visitors center, and took the scenic desert drive, part of the chihuahuan desert. We saw some Barbary sheep, along with lots of yucca, prickly pear, juniper and hundreds of other desert plants - all stickery and thorny. Its much warmer here - 84 today. The drive down reminded us a lot of Wyoming. Vast stretches of, well, nothing! We did pass through Roswell - no apparent aliens! Tomorrow, the CAVES!

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Jan 2, 2016 - the Versailles of caves

We're not all that crazy about caves as a rule. There are caves all over the world and they are mostly just dark holes in the ground. When you take a tour the guide points out formations and tells you the fanciful names the locals have given them. I could come up with better names myself. But we are fans of our national parks. If it's a national park it's worth seeing! We have a vague memory of running out of time when we tried to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park back in our working days. It was time to go back and do it right on a day...

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Jan 1, 2016 - no thanks to El Niño

Last night we welcomed in the new year as we have welcomed in quite a few - drinking champagne and making the RV Navigator podcast which is always posted for download on the first day of the month. Drinking champagne doesn't do a whole lot for the quality of our comments, but our virtual friends in the RV community seem to get a kick out of this annual tradition. It's hard to believe we have been podcasting for ten years. As we finished the drive through West Texas today we passed many large warehouses with signs advertising that cotton...

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Aug 30, 2015 - Carlsbad Caverns

We left Roswell midmorning heading further south through New Mexico. It was a pretty dull drive that only went through a few small towns. We stopped in one called Artesia where there was actually an IHOP, so we had a late breakfast. About 3 hours later we arrived in White's City which is at the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. This "town" consists of a hotel, gift shop, cafe and RV park. The park isn't the greatest but it's all about location, location, location. We are just outside the gate to the National Park. It's hot here...

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