Carlsbad Caverns, NM
We are so excited that my Mom and her husband Bob decided to drive out from San Diego to meet us in Carlsbad Caverns, NM. There are two entrances to the caverns, the “natural” entrance is a huge hole in the ground that has a 1.25 mile 800 foot descent underground. The second entrance is an elevator that takes you straight down to the bottom of the Caverns where you can explore a huge variety of formations along a one mile (or so) loop. Bob is 83 and so we took the elevator the day we first visited and Joel and I did the natural entrance hike (down and back up again) the following day after Mom and Bob left to go back home.
The Caverns are stunning and a must see if you are ever in New Mexico. The sheer vastness is truly amazing, the size and scope of which cannot be captured in photographs which is why they must be experienced in person. My Mom and Bob were both blown away and said it was their best vacation together. We really enjoyed having them join us at the local KOA campground where they rented a cute little cabin right next to our RV space. We loved the gorgeous New Mexico sunsets and also got to experience the New Mexico wind. One minute the air is completely still, the next you think Dorothy and her house will come flying in – it’s crazy!!
In addition to the Caverns, we had a great time playing some pretty competitive games of Yahtzee, enjoyed lots of food and catching up, but the time together was too short — just a day and a half 😐. I was very sad when they had to head back home to San Diego. San Antonio, Texas is our next stop and Joel and I are excited to try some authentic Texas bbq.