Have you been to a cave? The thought might evoke visions of eerie darkness and bat-inhabited spaces with their droppings. but what’s life without any downsides? Isn’t life a blend of light and shadows? That’s the beauty of it and that’s where we’re going next! Let’s continue our road trip from Texas!
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A recap of the road trip, from California, we went to Texas to attend a conference and college reunion with my cousins and friends. After the program, we visited some places and discovered some charms of the Lone Star State. (I hope to visit again to just tour around). Find the full scoop on our Texan escapades right here.
Texan Delights and a Quirky Breakfast
Rising to a Texan sunrise at a cozy motel, our sights were set on the road ahead, winding homeward. Fueled by the motel’s hearty breakfast spread, one delectable item stood out – waffles, their shapes mirroring the contours of the state itself. I thought it was awesome! I had to try it! Well you know it’s the same, but how could you not resist?! (I’ll probably buy a fun waffle maker like this, but not Texas shaped, haha!)
Descending into the Subterranean Realm
Now after how many days of driving that we’ve finally made it out of Texas (If you know, you know. Haha), and now in New Mexico my cousin decided we visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We arrived there in the afternoon and it was really hot so I didn’t bring a jacket so upon descending the elevator to inside the cave, and oh boy! Wasn’t prepared that it was chilly down there. The cavern’s grandeur made me feel both tiny and captivated simultaneously.
Marvelous Natural Structures
I was in awe of the natural architecture. No words can describe how I felt. Stalactites hung like chandeliers, suspended in frozen elegance, while stalagmites emerged from the earth like ancient sentinels. The harmonious interplay of light and shadow brought these natural sculptures to life, each telling a tale etched in calcium and time. Words seemed inadequate to capture the symphony of creation that echoed within those cavernous walls.
Discovering Enchanting Depths: Cave Pools and Beyond
Amidst the enchanting labyrinth of Carlsbad Caverns, another hidden marvel awaits – the mesmerizing cave pools. As I wandered deeper into the subterranean expanse, my senses were captivated by these ethereal pools, shimmering like liquid crystal. These subterranean oases, nurtured by time and geological wonders, offered a serene awe-inspiring formation. The crystal-clear waters seemed to mirror the intricate beauty of the cave’s architecture.
Tips for visiting Carlsbad Caverns:
- Plan Ahead: Research the park’s official website for essential information, tour options, and hours of operation.
- Dress Appropriately: Bring layers to adjust to the temperature inside the cave. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
- Stay Hydrated: Carry water to stay hydrated during your underground adventure.
- No Food: To protect the cavern and the wildlife, any consumption of food and drink, except plain, unflavored water, is prohibited in any cave except in the underground snack bar in Carlsbad Cavern.
- Respect Nature: Adhere to park guidelines, stay on designated paths, and refrain from touching formations to preserve the fragile environment.
- Arrive Early: To avoid crowds, consider visiting during off-peak hours, early mornings, or late afternoons.
- Junior Rangers: Engage young adventurers with the Junior Ranger Program for an educational and fun-filled experience.
- Cell Reception: Be prepared for limited or no cell phone reception within the cave.
- Listen to Park Rangers: Attend ranger-led talks and programs to gain deeper insights into the cave’s geology and history.
- Capture the Moment: Bring a camera with adjustable settings to capture the cave’s intricate formations and unique lighting.