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Apr 15, 2011 - Carlsbad, NM

Hello again .... Well, as you know we have left the Rio Grande Valley and it took us 2 1/2 days to get to Carlsbad ... We booked 3 nights and 2 days in this area and did the site seeing thing .... Our first full day we visited the Living Desert & Zoo just outside of Carlsbad, the same day we traveled 32 miles west of Carlsbad and paid a visit to the Sitting Bull Falls in Lincolin National Park .... The next day was AWESOME we did the Cavern tour of the Big Room, which is a 1.3 mile walking tour of the cavern ... This should be on everyone...

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Apr 9, 2011 - Casa Grande, AZ to Carlsbad, NM.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 Departed Patagonia State Park and headed north for Casa Grande, AZ and a reunion with Bill & Maureen Edwards, some old friends from trips past. Palm Creek RV & Golf Resort is a beautiful set up on the east end of Casa Grande. We were given a gorgeous spot in the “pull throughs” area – like a Walmart with services. Maybe it was my clothes, maybe my old trailer, we don't know. It worked out just fine. Enjoyed a magnificent steak BBQ at Bill and Maureen's and a a really pleasant evening catching up on old times and...

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Apr 4, 2011 - Carlsbad Caverns, NM

Bean Pot RV Park was a good place to stop overnight enroute, but not a destination. We would definitely stop there again overnight traveling. We weren’t quite as impressed with JB’s. But we would probably stop there again as well. TIP: For those RV’ing, the Passport America Discount Camping Club is a good investment. We used it at the Bean Pot for a 50% discount (paid only $15.50 for a pull-thru space with full hook-ups (water, elec., and sewer) and at Carlsbad RV Park for 50% discount for 2 nights also). By Wednesday the 30th, we had...

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Yellowstone 2011

Feb 26, 2011 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park

We have spent 2 days at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. If you have not been here it is a must do if in the area. The caverns are beautiful and gigantic. The walk down to the big room takes out down 750 feet below ground. You can take the elevator out however which was most appreciated. The second day there we went on a ranger lead tour of the kings palace which was even more spectacular. All I can say is wow!

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Nov 19, 2010 - Guadalupe Mts NP

While riding along the Texas plains, the Guadalupe mountains tower majestically into the sky. Landscapes are diverse, views are grand and enticing-backpacking/hiking mecca. There are ten back country campgrounds with 80 miles of trails to explore. Sixty percent of the trails are suitable for horses. Desert and canyon trails are less strenuous; hence, the Smith Spring trail, rated "moderate" was appropriate for us(2.3 mile loop). At the trailhead we met a UK visitor, Ian. The three of us set off to discover the sustainer of life for this...

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Oct 16, 2010 - Carlsbad Caverns

October 16, 2010 We got up early this morning and went to Carlsbad Caverns to go on the self-guided walk beginning at the natural entrance to the cave (where the bats fly out) rather than take the wimpy way and use the elevator down the 800 feet to the path. The switchbacks at the entry were steep but the walk is paved. All around us flew the cave swallows and their chatter seemed amplified by the cavern where apparently, a voice can travel for ¼ mile (depending on the voice of course). Throughout the walk there were pools of water and...

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Westward Ho

Oct 15, 2010 - Carlsbad Bats

October 15, 2010 After a slight wrong turn which led us up over another mountain range, we finally reached Carlsbad Caverns and are staying at an RV park right outside the gate. On the way, when we came out of El Paso, we had to go through a border (?) patrol stop where we were asked if we were US citizens and where we had been etc…. They did not ask to come into the RV but did ask if we had picked up any other travelers. Bob spoke with the officer who advised that they were looking not only for illegal aliens (not from Roswell though) but...

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Westward Ho

Sep 23, 2010 - Thursday, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns is described as an underground world, with gigantic subterranean chambers, fantastic cave formations and extraordinary features. It was first discovered by a teenager, Jim White, in 1898. It wasn’t until 1923 when National Geographic Magazine sent an exploration group (with the help of Jim White) and their subsequent article, that news of this enormous cave reached the public. A rope ladder can still be seen that was left over from this exploration. In 1930 Carlsbad became a National Park and in 1995 was recognized as a...

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Sep 18, 2010 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Its hard to come up with words about Carlsbad Caverns, it has got to be the most AWESOME cavern we have been in to date. This was quite an experience, we climbed in an elevator that dropped us down 750 ft, the decent only took one minute (the elevator travels 9 miles per hour). The side of the elevators have long slender windows on two sides so that you can see the rock shaft that you are passing through, it gives you a strange feeling. Pete & I entered the cave around 1:45 pm & walked out at about 4:30, we decided that after our visit, we...

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Sep 12, 2010 - Carlsbad, NM

Our last sightseeing expedition was planned for the Carlsbad Caverns State Park and we finally made it. We just can't believe that our wonderful summer is almost over! Virg and I love caverns! I always stand in awe of God's creativity when I walk into a cavern and Carlsbad Caverns is no exception. This cave is the largest that I have been to so far in my "short" life! Virg and I have both visited these caves before but it has been a long time ago. It has changed in some respects, but the formations are still as awesome as ever. When I last...

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Sep 3, 2010 - Day 6 - Carlsbad Caverns

We had about a 6 hour drive from Big Bend National Park is south Texas to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southwest New Mexico. About 99% of the drive was through flat country that was mostly desert. There were a few cattle ranches (l-a-r-g-e cattle ranches!), some oil wells, lots of buses, and no trees. We think there were more telephone poles than trees! The road was so flat and straight that the speed limit on the 2-lane roads was 75 mph. We got to Carlsbad earlier than expected and we were able to see the Caverns in the afternoon. ...

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Aug 21, 2010 - Carlsbad Caverns, NM

We headed out for Carlsbad Caverns driving on flat, straight roads with more oil wells. Wish we owned a few of those. In the distance were the Guadalupe Mountains. We arrived at the Cavern's entrance sign about 11:30. We had to drive about 7 miles in on gradual climbing roads with switchbacks before we actually reached the entrance. We took an elevator 75 stories (750 feet) into the "Big Room" for a self guided tour. It was a 1.3 mile walking loop at 57 degrees. Felt great! The scenery, as Mary described, was wonderful. There were...

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Southwest Trip 2010

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