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Apr 22, 2011 - Day 14 In Route to Carlsbad Caverns, NM

Long day... drove 480 miles, Carol was very tired at days end, but there were miles and miles of miles and no towns on way to Carlsbad caverns,NM. We didn't have a choice we weren't on Star Trek... Beam me up Scottie! We got to Carlsbad Caverns in tome to see the bats, but the entire colony has not arrived yet. We did see some of them though! In the morning we will go to the caverns for a tour and head out about lunch for our days trip! Should end up with about 320 miles tomorrow.

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Grand Canyon 4-2011

Apr 19, 2011 - Carlsbad Caverns

After leaving Deming, NM we headed to Carlsbad Caverns. Stopped on the way at White Sands National Monument. Was worth the visit-nice visitors center, drive and short interpretive walks. The sand here is white because it is made of a different mineral than regular sand. It looks just like snow and they even plow it to clear the road! From there took a steep mountain pass short cut and entered into pine forest and creeks. Then downhill through Lincoln National forest to Carlsbad RV park. Ninety degrees, need the air conditioning. The next...

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usa 2011

Apr 16, 2011 - Wild wind in the Mountains...

We drive north from Van Horn, Texas to our final destination in this state – Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We are both a bit tired and hung over – the bartender (aka TA) was a bit generous last night with the margaritas. Also, between us we spent over two hours on the phone with Rogers. We had purchased a new computer, Internet stick and phone before leaving Canada. We ended up just buying a cheap NET 10 phone here because Rogers did NOT tell us it would cost us a fee to unlock the SIM card in the US and then another fee (total...

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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 15, 2011 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Today was Carlsbad Caverns day and we had a fabulous time. We arrived there around 8:45 am and entered at the natural entrance. We walked down 83 stories before arriving at the incredible bottom. It took us about an 45 minutes to complete our walk down that cave. We then attended a 10:00 guided tour of the room called "The King's Palace" which took about an hour and a half. By the time that was completed, it was time for lunch at the restaurant in the visitor’s center and a trip back to our motel for a little respite. We returned to the...

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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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