6th January 2021

Carlsbad Cavern National Park

Today was a day we’ve been looking forward to, especially Brianna as she hadn’t been in a big cave before. The caverns were only a short drive from Carlsbad. The Visitors Center was on the top of a hill so when we got there it was quite cold and windy.

We entered the caverns via the bat entrance. There were no bats there as they winter in Mexico.

In the first 1.5 miles of the caverns we descended the height of The Empire State Building. My knees sure felt it at the bottom. Once at the bottom it was another 1.5 miles walking through the Big Room. The formations were fantastic. There was hardly anyone else in the caverns so it was very quiet walking through the caverns. I’ve only been a caves with a guide before and they tend to push you along. You can’t spend your time at interesting spots. This was a self guided tour for the whole 3 miles so we could stop as long as we liked. I can’t imagine what it would be like in the peak season though. Fortunately for us there was an elevator to take us back to the surface, we didn’t have to walk.

You can just see Geordie and Brianna in the bottom of this picture. You can see the abundance of formations in the caverns.

After the caverns we were quite tired. The afternoon was spent relaxing in the hotel room

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