On the Road Again! | Carlsbad Caverns

Well, shut my mouth and slap me across the face!

On the road again – currently in Parral. Mexico!

So far, it’s been a bit of a challenge. But, no particular place to go and plenty of time to get there.

Headed out from Novi, MI. in June.

I was doing some camping, and roughing it a bit to see some sites in the u.s. (Small caps for a reason) I’ve discovered, unlike my younger days, I am not into roughing it. Period!

Not equipped for it, nor do I like to do it physically. Sleeping on the ground, even with a mat, just ain’t my cup of tea.

The only place I really took some time to visit was Carlsbad Caverns, about 20 miles west of Carlsbad, N.M.

Definitely worth a visit!

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Some of the limestone structures within the Carlsbad Caverns

 

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Limestone structures form within the Carlsbad Caverns

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Stalagmites and stalactites in the Carlsbad Caverns

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The caverns are huge. It’s a 3 hour walk. Much longer if you stare in awe and take pics!

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Holes and little caves are found though out the caverns

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The photos don’t do justice to the immense structures that have been formed in the caverns

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the lighting in the cave is all man made. Electrical lines go through out the cavern

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Structures tower from the floors of Carlsbad Caverns

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You’d swear a artist had carved some of these structures.

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You’ll see small railing in the picture – that’s the walkway – rails all the way through the caverns

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The temperature remains in the 50’s, no matter the time of the year

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Truly an amazing walk!

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Since it air filled, there is nothing that affects the structures- Talking to a park ranger, if there’s a quake, you’d barely notice it inside the caverns.

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The original reason for the interest in the caverns was bat dung. Harvested for fertilizer

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Where would all the animals go from around the area to cool off? Inside the caverns. Didn’t stop the investigation into all the areas of the caves and tunnels!

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There’s an auditorium on the outside, where you can watch thousands of bats leave for their evening feasting. No pics or videos, though.

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Nooks, cranny’s and then you walk into huge holes, hundreds of feet high within the caverns

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These are many feet in length – very few ever break off and fall to the ground

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The rail and the people give you a bit of an idea of how big the caverns are

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I could see this in an artists exhibit. Naturally made!

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From floor to ceiling, structures thousand of years ol

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These are know as “The Curtains”

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The hand rails are in the bottom portion of the picture – gives you an idea of the size of this cavern

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This photo won me a “Rising Star” award on Pixoto.com

Hope you enjoyed the photo tour.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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