One: Off Road in the Guadalupe Mountains
I think they call this sort of country chaparral -- a
Spanish word for "land with
We especially liked the many varieties of Cholla.
Desert or no, if you keep your eyes and ears open, you can
find life everywhere.
Some of the wildlife you'll spot is quite large.
Some of it is quite small. (It helps to look under
rocks. We also found a tarantula
It's wise to take along some wildlife of your own.
Two: Climbing in the Guadalupe Mountains
To see some of the more remote areas, you should be prepared for some climbing.
Derek is like a mountain goat and generally spent his time waiting on the rest of us to catch up.
There he is waiting now. You can just make out Summer
(in yellow) working her way up toward him.
Eventually, we generally got to where we wanted to be, though.
There's our vehicle (silver Rodeo on left) ... a million miles below.
Occasionally, Summer needed a hand.
Derek generally found his own way up.
And I did my best to keep up with him, old man that I am...
The climb was always worth it. Here I am sitting beside
And if you're looking for caves -- as we were -- you have to
keep your eyes open
Three: The Caves
This is the natural entrance to Carlsbad Caverns, where many
(but not all) of the following
I took so many photos of gorgeous formations, that it's
Here's a lovely drapery.
A cool subterranean pond.
Flowstone and more draperies.
A secret passage to adventures untold.
Betty wondering if we're lost. Derek on point (of course).
Betty and Summer pausing before a forest of speleothems.
A wonderfully ornate stalagmite.
One of the truly unique formations in Carlsbad's Big Room; "The Lion's Tail" it's called
And though this formation wasn't labeled, I know what I would
call it. I definitely
An interesting side passage.
A Chinese temple?
More colorful flowstone.
Derek and Summer pause in their explorations.
A friendly troglodyte snapped this one for us.
More cave madness.
Yours truly before a fascinating column.
A giant mound of ice cream, melting in the rain?
I was tempted ... but, no, I decided that this ladder couldn't be trusted.
A slender column.
More ice cream.
Copyright © 2011 Brian A. Hopkins, 2011-07-31 11:20, www.bahwolf.com