Wednesday, May 7, 2008.
Carlsbad RV Park and Campground, Carlsbad, NM
The Biggest Caverns I've Ever Seen
We went to Carlsbad Caverns. Once we got there, we went down the elevator. We went on the guided tour of Kings Palace with a ranger named Rob. King's Palace goes 829 feet further down. We stopped in the Papoose Room. Rob's Ranger helper turned the lights off. It felt like my eyes were closed because it was so dark but they were really open. AFter that, my legs were hurting.
Next, we went on the Natural Entrance hike. Mom and I went on this hike on Monday too. The entrance is very big. Along the trail, a ranger showed us a bat skeleton. It had weighed as much as three nickels in your hand. They eat half of their weight every day and when the mother is nursing, she eats all her weight in bugs. Freaky isn't it? The trail of the Natural Entrance was long and steep. On the trail, we saw a formation called the whale's mouth. One ranger showed us water particles in the air with his flashlight.
Next we went on the Big Room trail. They say the room is as big as 8 acres. IT'S HUGE! Along the way, we saw a formation called Fairyland. It looked like a bunch of towns with cave popcorn on it. After that, we saw a formation called The Lion's Tail. It was a stalactite on the top and cave popcorn on the bottom. We saw cave popcorn, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies and soda straws. Along the trail we saw the Bottomless Pit. It was more than 100 feet deep.
I was working on the Junior Ranger program and I turned it in to the ranger in the ticket center. I got my ranger badge and button. I felt important after that.
At 7:00 PM the bats fly out of the Natural Entrance of the cave. We hope to see it this week sometime.
When we went down the elevators, it was fun because we went down really far.
I enjoyed everything about Carlsbad Caverns.