One of the first things we did was visit Roswell, New Mexico to try and see if we could have a close encounter of the third kind and did.
|A close encounter of the third kind in Roswell, New Mexico.|
Once we got to our destination for the month, we started to explore our surroundings and see what New Mexico had to offer. One of the first places we visited was Carlsbad Caverns. We have seen many of caves in our lifetime, especially living in West Virginia, but we were very impressed with these caverns.
|Don, Tia, Courtney, Avery, Ethan, Chloe, and Ian at Carlsbad Caverns.|
|Misty, Tia, Courtney, Avery, Ethan, Chloe, and Ian at Carlsbad Caverns.|
It is over a mile to walk in through the Natural Entrance to the Big Room and then 1.2 miles to walk all the way from the Big Room through the main caverns back to where the elevators are. Coming down from the Natural Entrance will work on your leg muscles so by the time you get to the Big Room you may not feel like walking around it, but it is well worth it for the views.
|Natural Entrance at Carlsbad Caverns.|
|Looking down into the Natural Entrance at Carlsbad Caverns.|
|Looking out of the Natural Entrance at Carlsbad Caverns.|
|The Natural Entrance path in Carlsbad Caverns.|
|More of the Natural Entrance at Carlsbad Caverns.|
|Just one of the many columns in the caverns.|
|Chloe and Misty.|
|Avery, Ethan, Ian, Tia, and Courtney.|
|Holes that formed in a stalactite.|
|Soda straws that are thin hollow stalactites.|
|More stalactites and stalagmites.|
|Another column formed when a stalactite and stalagmite met.|
|Ribbon stalactites that formed in the caverns.|
|Three largest stalagmites in the caverns.|
While sitting in an amphitheater located at the Natural Entrance to the caverns just before sunset, thousands and thousands of bats will start to swirl out and fly out over the country side to eat for the night. If you sit still enough they will come within feet of you while flying over your heads. It was well worth the wait to watch.
|The amphitheater just outside of the Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns where the bats come out at night.|
We will have more from New Mexico in future blogs like our visits to White Sands National Monument and more.
God bless and may He watch over you and yours!
Don, Misty, and Kids...
|States we have visited so far.|