Holy cow. Another packed day.
First I went to Carlsbad Caverns and wandered around the area for a couple of hours. I ran around the area leading into the park like a crazy person, excited about all the views, lizards, cacti, and little mini paths! Managed to get in early before most of the tourists showed up, oh wait I am a tourist… :–) It was really cool, an amazing feeling going down almost 1000 feet into a cavern, with little to no light. 90% humidity and sits around 60 degrees year round. I kept thinking back to The Matrix (Zion) and also other movies where people were in caves (Deep Impact), and whatever. I kept thinking about how to fit 100,000 people into the cave. Haha.
Anyway; it is quite a sight and hopefully some of the pictures I took capture the experience. Cool!
Next I got excited because I saw on Google Maps there was a mountain range nearby, and just had to climb it. Guadalupe! Woot. It is an 8.4 mile hike and 3,000 feet of elevation all the way to the peak. It was a really cool hike. I really enjoyed it. Didn’t enjoy the thought of mountain lions.. 🙂 But it worked out. I have some really awesome videos and pictures.
My feet hurt as I am writing this. A few blisters but overall feel good! That Dr. Pepper was awesome!! I was worried about not having enough water (filled a 3L bladder) and ended up with 1L left when I got to the bottom. A couple of other hikers didn’t’ bring enough and camped up at the top. They were struggling near the bottom.
Anyhow. I found a Motel 6 in a rough part of Carlsbad. Woops. Looking forward to checking out Roswell tomorrow, then White Sands, then one more night in a hotel and off to visit my friend Daphna in Tucson. Can’t wait.