Our intention was to see the aliens at Roswell and visit Carlsbad Cavern National Park. They are each about an hour away from camp, but in different directions.
We went to the Caverns first, then heading back north toward camp, we decided to swing in and visit Sitting Bull Falls in the Lincoln National Forest. By the time we got out and headed north again, we realized our day was done.
The caverns were phenomenal. We took the elevator down 850 feet into a beautiful wonderland. There’s a path throughout the caverns with handrails on both sides so you can’t get lost or fall into an abyss (and there’s a few of them). It’s a little tricky walking through because we’re always looking up toward the “ceiling” to see the beauty instead of looking down at our feet … and the path is anything but flat and level. It takes a little over an hour to walk from start to finish.
And then you get to wait in line for the elevator. The place was super busy. The ranger told us they usually have about 1300 visitors daily, but since all Texas schools are on spring break, this week they are running about 4500 visitors daily. And the two elevators that were in service only hold 9 people each!
I’m just going to give you a few pictures here. You can follow the links above to be taken to the official web pages for each to get more information and pictures.
Unfortunately, we were at the falls late afternoon and I was taking the pictures looking into the sun, so it’s really hard to see the water. Some people waded in the pool below, while others climbed to the top to look over the edge – SCARY!
Today we’ll be leaving the SKP Ranch at Lakewood, NM and heading east toward Junction, TX where we have a reservation at Pecan Valley RV Park.