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Drive into Carlsbad Caverns - The climbs to the height we are...

The View from the parking lot.

The drips

Lions Tail

Towers

Drips and a Mound

Snow on a tree

The paved path - the number is what you punch into the...

More Drips

Slanted Curtain

Water Falls

Dripping Tower


Wednesday, March 21, we arrive in Alpine, Texas. It was only about two-hour drive to the Pecan Grove RV Park. It was an older, smaller park but it has cable connections and free Wifi. That evening we eat at Pizza Hut. Thursday morning we headed for Carlsbad, New Mexico. Actually we are going to an Escapees RV park, which is about 20 miles north of the town of Carlsbad. You must be a member of Escapees before you can stay in their parks. Most of the members are full time RVers, as we are. Most of these parks are in the southern states and a lot of members use the parks for winter homes. Also some of the Escapees Parks are Co-op parks, which means they buy into the park but when they are on the road, their space is rented by any other member, as they travel on the road. At this park called The Ranch, the rent is only $10 per night plus the cost of electricity. That is a very good rate and it includes Wifi. The only problem is they have a water situation at this park and the water is not drinkable, it contains too many nitrates. We can use the water for everything except drinking and cooking; we have to go to the clubhouse and fill our jugs for drinking water. Other than that The Ranch is a very nice place and everybody is friendly.

Friday morning we drove the Jeep to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which is about 15 miles south of the town of Carlsbad. A nice drive to the top of these mountains and then you can take an elevator down to the main cavern. You can either walk down through the Natural Entrance or take an elevator, which takes you down the 750 feet. We took the elevator, which lets you off at a rest area. It has restrooms, snack bar, souvenir shop and a few displays all underground. We then took the self-guided tour of the Big Room with the optional audio guide device. It is a one and 1/4 mile paved path around this huge room. The path is mostly level with a few steep hills, which tested Carol's strength. This cave is very dry compared to some other caves we have visited. It took us about one and a half hours to follow the path, stopping to take photos and listen to the audio device. I have included some photos but they do not really portray what you see in person. After lunch up on ground level, Carol toured the gift shop and bookstore while I went back down and took a ranger guided tour. This tour takes you to three other rooms that are not included in the Big Room tour. While I was enjoying the wonders of Mother Nature below the earth, Mother Nature decorated all the cars in the parking lot with golf-ball sized hail. Carol heard stories of one person getting their windshield cracked and one of the skylights in the building was cracked. Our Jeep now has many dimples on any horizontal surface. When we got back to the RV park, the lady across the street from us told us that they had hail while we were gone. I looked all over the RV and could not find any evidence of dimples on it, so they must have had less than we got at the Caverns.

Saturday, we did the exciting laundry. Monday we drove the Jeep to a small town about 12 miles north of here to turn in our paperwork for our passports. Most of the other places need advance appointments and this little town, we just walked in and got it all completed on the spot. We then went to the very small town about ΒΌ mile from the RV Park to get the mail that Michelle forwarded to us. After that I washed the RV. Tuesday I sorted some stuff in the underneath storage bins and washed the windows on the RV. Wednesday we moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico.



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