Day 22 we began bright and early on one of our most unique adventures on our trip so far. We were ready to explore the Carlsbad Caverns.
There are several options for exploring the caves. You can hike down to the bottom and ride the elevator back up or you can ride the elevator down, explore “the big room” at the bottom and then ride the elevator back up. We decided to hike down the cavern and then ride the elevator back up.
The entrance to the cave is very impressive. Evidently a rare bat lives in these caves and at dust out of the mouth of this cave you will see a most spectacular sight as hundreds of bats take flight for their nightly meal of insects. We did not see any bats because they are all in Mexico right now for their winter vacation.
Pictures do not do justice to the amazing hike down this cavern. In order to see the children we had to use flash photography. It is very dark with only a few lights to guide your path.
The formations we saw where just amazing.
At the bottom of the cavern is bathrooms, a deli and gift shop and the elevators. We took a short break before beginning the 3 mile hike around the “big” room.
We simply have too many pictures to share and I have not shared some of the more spectacular ones because they have not been resized for web purposes yet.
Finally, the kids received their second junior rangers badge at the end of our day. It was a great day and we felt like adventurer’s exploring uncharted territory. Okay so the Carlsbad Caverns have been well charted but because it was such a new experience for us, it felt uncharted.