USA Adventure Day 23

Although you can easily spend days touring the caverns our crew was all explored out after yesterdays adventure.  We decided to head on down the road.

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We did want to make a stop at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  We have unofficially made it a goal to visit every National Park and Monument that is in our path.  So far we have hit 10.

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The temperature was climbing and our hikers were still tired so we just enjoyed the scenery from our van windows as we drove by.

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We just kept driving and finally found ourselves in San Antonio, Texas.  We were racing the sun to find a room for the night.  Unfortunately we did not realize that easter weekend is a very big holiday in San Antonio.  All the hotels were booked.  We did finally find something and everyone was very thankful for their cool beds.  It is hot is Texas.

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USA Adventure Day 22

day 22

 

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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The formations we saw where just amazing.

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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.

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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.

DSCF9463 (640x480)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.

USA Adventure Day 21

day 21

 

Bright and early we said goodbye to La Vida Mission and headed down the road.  We were so thankful for our visit to La Vida.  The slower pace was refreshing.  But we are only 21 days into our trip so we have to keep going.

It was a long had day of driving but we made it before sunset to Carlsbad RV Park and Campground and quickly pitched out tent.

 

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We are getting quite efficient at setting up camp.

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Here we have a couple of supervisors;)

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So thankful for safe travels and an early night to rest up for our adventure tomorrow.

USA Adventure Day 20

day 20

 

Tuesday was a quiet day.  We worked on more academic work.  The boys and Tobin did work on a few odd jobs around the mission and we also got some good practicing in.  I am thankful that we have been very diligent about getting our practicing done.  Especially since the instruments take up so much room and it would have been very disappointing to have lost all that storage space for something that we did not use.  Not to mention that 3 months of no practicing would be a very bad thing.

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USA Adventure Day 19

day 19

 

Monday we were back to work.  The little ones and I took the morning to do some academic work.  The older boys and Tobin had school outside.DSCF9342 (800x600)

They continued work on the fence.

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I am disappointed I did not get a picture of the final product.  They did a really nice job and the little boys dorm really appreciated have a closed off backyard.

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In the afternoon the little ones who had been in all morning got to go for a little hike.  Callie our dog also appreciated stretching her legs.

 

 

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After supper the boys from the ‘little’ boys dorm went on a hike with us.  It is amazing to be out in a desert and find sea shells and sharks teeth

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All the happy hikers.

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