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Feb 16, 2012 - Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown

We left Alamogordo and headed into the mountains once again. It was a beautiful ride and we got 12.4 mpg overall! When arrived at the summit in Cloudcroft NM there was snow everywhere. The roads were wet in spots but no ice. It was a beautiful ride and very scenic. We pulled into the city of Carlsbad and had two choices for camping on our half price Passport America plan. The first was pretty crumby so we went to the second only to find that TODAY they merged with the crumby place and would have to go back there to register. Bad. We drove...

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Jan 16, 2012 - On the road again - Guadalupe Mtns and Carlsbad Cavern

Reluctantly, we decamped from Big Bend and hit the road heading toward Guadalupe Mountains Natgional Park and Carlsbad Caverns. We were looking forward to several points along the way namely the town of Alpine and Fort Davis National Historical Park. Alpine has won a reputation as a very nice "getaway" place in west Texas and Fort Davis is noted for it's historical significance as a military base from which the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments helped keep the peace and pacify the west. The 9th and 10th along with 2 infantry regiments are more...

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Oct 13, 2011 - Carlsbad Caverns Nat'l Park, NM

We left the RV park about 8:30 am and headed to the caverns. Rather than attempting to walk from the natural entrance down to the caverns, a 1 1/2-hr steep walk, we rode the elevator down the 750 ft. drop to the rest area in one minute! Without any lighting, it would be completely dark. Dim lighting has been placed throughout the areas open to the public. The temperature is 56 degrees year-round. A light jacket was essential. We met the ranger (Mandy) and about 25 other folks for the ranger-led tour through several rooms, e.g. Kings Palace,...

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Blessed To Travel

Apr 23, 2011 - Day 15 Carlsbad, NM

Went to the Caverns today, it was just breathtaking to see all of the formations! I know pictures don't do it justice, but we did get a few great shots in and outside of the caverns! We left Bill and Carol resting @ the motel, sorry they missed it, but maybe some other time! Around noon we went back, packed up the car and grabbed some lunch and we were off again! Drove about 320 today and ended up in Sonora, TX. Met a nice lady from Ireland and had a few laughs about the trip Esther and I took to Ireland several years ago... I could...

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Grand Canyon 4-2011

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 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 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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