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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

Jul 10, 2010 - Day 22 Alamogordo - Carlsbad Caverns, NM

Hope wore her Navajo bracelet again today - she is so proud to have it! This morning started off with Chris and Hope taking swim in the hotel pool while I blogged about our previous day's trip at White Sands National Monument. Right outside of town, we stopped at a local pistacio farm store to purchase fresh pistachio nuts for the family (Note to the Gammon and Michaud families: they're on their way via UPS!!!!!) We decided to ship them because we're going through US/Canadian Customs on our way to Niagara Falls, and I know they're strict...

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Summer 2010

Jun 21, 2010 - Magnificent Caverns

Day 11 Carlsbad RV Park, Carlsbad, NM We went to Carlsbad Caverns National Park today. I had no idea what to expect. We drove south on National Park Hwy from the city of Carlsbad seeing the same terrain we had seen since entering New Mexico yesterday. We turned off of the Hwy drove through Whites City to get to the park entrance. I was really surprised when I saw Whites City. I was expected a tiny broken down town from some of the things I had read about it. But that wasn’t true at all. It was tiny but it was so new, cute even. Now I...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Day 3

Checked the roof this morning for hail damage. It caused a crack in the skylight. I’ve patched it with Di-Chlor. Let’s hope it works. Toured Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Jean and I both hiked the 1.5 mile big room tour. It took us 1hr 45 minutes, but there’s so much to see and the path is very steep and slippery in spots. We’re both glad we did it. Magnificent! Back at the rv I’ve finally gotten the broadband to work. Amen!

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Jun 15, 2010 - Carlsbad Caverns NP, NM

Carlsbad Caverns NP, NM Got on the road early again. Still in TX another 4 hrs. Then finally New Mexico. Grandpa says the boys can sleep along the way if they want more sleep. None of us slept very well. We saved half price on the campground with Passport America, but not sure it was worth it. They had a site in the back away from the highway and great showers the boys said. Had a nice trail down to the pond and a small trail leading around it. We saw small sunflowers and cactus. We weren’t settled in more than 15 min. when large AF...

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Jun 15, 2010 - Carlsbad continued

. We ate dinner there instead of going home to the RV because we wanted to see the bats come out of the cave at dusk (7:45pm) We saw the movie about the National Cave Systems. They talked Mammoth Cave in KY and Carlsbad. We looked through the gift shops then stood outside for a while to take pictures. We could see rain in the distance coming our way. (They had told us there would be no show if there were any thunder or lightning.) We could come back tomorrow night, but Lord would you make the rain go the other way in time for the show...

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Jun 4, 2010 - Carlsbad Caverns

All I can say in unbelievable! All the National Parks are beautiful and wondrous parts of our country but the Caverns are extra special in the way that the park service has developed the walkways, the hand rails, the service center in the great room and the elevators for your exit instead of having to walk out through the natural opening. Our first decision was - do we leave Mimi in the RV with the outside temperature hovering between 104 to 106 (true) or do we leave her with the kennel service at the park's visitor center. The kennel...

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Southwest Express

Jun 3, 2010 - Carlsbad

We've gotta be in the middle of a major heat wave. The weather report said hot so we left Roswel early and after a two hour drive arrived in Carlsbad. After getting set up in the RV park we visited the local visitor center for the Caverns and found out that we need to be at the park around 8:30. The natural walk down takes an hour, the tour of the big room takes 1 1/2 hours and since we don't have reservations for a guided tour will just keep our fingers crossed. The best part is that every one when leaving the caverns takes the elevators....

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May 5, 2010 - Carlsbad Caverns

What a fun day. We left Pecos and traveled to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. I had always grown up hearing about the wonders of the caverns but this was my first time to see them. I took lots of pictures but will only post a few here. My pictures don’t do the caverns justice with regards to magnificence nor do my pictures capture the huge scale of these formations. (Because visitors must stay on the path you can’t really put people or things in front of the formations that would act as a reference point for size or depth.) I walked the paths...

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May 5, 2010 - Carlsbad, New Mexico

We left Texas early, and headed into the wind and I do mean wind; most of the day I could barely keep a 50mph speed and the gas mileage fell like a rock, (9.7) from 13. Not much to report on in Texas, other than the biggest wind farm I had ever seen. There must have be several thousand. The landscape was pretty much bunch grass and cactus and very little livestock. Temps turned warm in the mid 90's and even hotter today. Carlsbad is a dry, dusty town and we were surprised to find out the Caverns are nearly 27 miles away. This morning we...

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