Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Yesterday was so beautiful, we decided to head south and go to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park,  What a gorgeous site this is, it is in Texas just over the New Mexico border. The park has over 80 miles of hiking trails and over half of the park (47,000 acres) has been protected by Congress under the Wilderness Act.  We hiked two of the trails, that were within my abilities.  One of the trails lead to the Pinery Butterfield Stagecoach Station.  All that is left of the mid-1800's site are ruins.  Then we went to the Frijole Ranch History Museum.  There we interacted with some mules and a roadrunner, who was so fast we couldn't catch him on film.  Then we drove into McKittrick Canyon.  It is hard to describe, the dessert and the mountains blending together with a wonderful array of cacti.  In the evening, we had a terrific thunderstorm roll through.  New Mexico and Texas really need the rain, many areas we visited have been burned by wildfires.  Today we went to Carlsbad Caverns and took the opportunity to go into the cavern using the Natural Entrance instead of going into the cavern using the elevators.  The Natural Entrance is the original and historic entrance.  You descend over 750 feet into the earth!  It was awesome.  This cavern is absolutely the best cave experience you can have.  The historic entrance and the Big Room tour is totally self guided, so you can take as much time as you want to see it all.  Unfortunately, we were unable to take pictures.  Because we have been in other caves and used the same camera we couldn't bring it in with us for fear that we could spread the horrible White Nose Syndrome to the bats.  If we wanted to bring the camera in we would have to wash the camera with a Clorox wipe, not sure of the damage it could cause to the camera, we choose to leave it in the truck.  We were in the cavern 3 hours and walked 6 miles!  We loved every minute of it, but know tonight will be a little rough on the knees and Achilles tendon - (lol).  Tomorrow we head out and into Texas on our way to San Antonio.  In the meantime, we once again have a thunder storm tonight. Hugs -L

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