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June 06, 2010
Very Long Roadtrip
Wow, a month has gone by and I have no idea where I've been... Except this past weekend! Carlsbad Caverns National Park near Carlsbad, New Mexico is about a 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 hour trip from Santa Fe. Thus the reason we rose, (with our bleary-eyed friend Dianne), and got on the road at 5 a.m. Saturday morning.
We tried to limit flash photography, and tended to look more like deer in headlights or surprised moles when facing THAT much light...
If you consider a trip to Carlsbad Caverns, I highly recommend taking the guided tours. We were lucky to get tickets (a few weeks in advance!), to King's Palace and Left Hand Tunnel; the Left Hand Tunnel is via hand-held candle-powered lanterns over un-paved various surfaces a MUST in my opinion.
The other areas we visited were all paved with safety railings and artificial lights making them more glorious and awe-inspiring while viewing each cavern. Other guided tours are available, including getting down and dirty with headlamps, elbow and knee pads into itty-bitty tiny crawlspaces; when you exit those tours you all look like miners. Maybe next time... For more information about Carlsbad Canyons...
And don't forget! Rosewell, New Mexico is along the way...
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman