Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

Hank – Yesterday (Saturday, Feb 16), in the interest of having some fun we decided to get a rental car and be tourists for a while. Getting the car was a trip. I took a three-hour Greyhound bus ride from Fort Stockton to the airport at Midland, Texas. That was the nearest place we could get a one way rental. Then I drove three hours back. When I got back I thought I’d top off the tank since we’d be driving a long way into New Mexico. My credit card wouldn’t go into the reader on the pump. I thought it was broken so I moved to another pump. Same result. So I went inside to ask about it. I was informed the high winds have been blowing so much dirt and sand that the readers are clogged and they haven’t cleaned them out yet. So I paid inside and got my gas.

We left Fort Stockton today (Sunday) and drove to Carlsbad Caverns. I had visited the caverns as a young Boy Scout way back in the summer of 1972. Our troop took a tour of the American Southwest on a school bus. The first place we went to was Carlsbad.

The caverns we’re nothing like I remembered because I don’t remember anything other than being there. So it was like I was seeing them for the first time. It was an awesome visit, more so because there were so few visitors. We leisurely strolled through and took in the sights.

We then drove to Holloman AFB, another stop on the Boy Scout tour, where we got a camp site 0n base for the bargain price of $3.00.  A cold front was moving in and it got colder than we thought it would. I didn’t sleep well at all because I kept waking up from the cold. The temp was in the high 20s and I’m not used to that.

Kathy – First, I love taking a break and traveling by car. We get around so much faster! Second, Carlsbad Caverns were totally amazing! I was so fascinated that I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Every angle you looked in created different unique views of these magnificent caverns. If you ever have a chance to see Carlsbad Caverns, jump on it because you will not be disappointed. Truly an astonishing place.

It was after dark (and cold) when we arrived at Holloman Air Force Base so we quickly set up the tent. I hopped in the warm car and talked to my great friend Patty back in Spokane for a bit. Talking to friends and family members helps so you don’t miss them as much. The sky was clear last night which allowed me to see a few pretty cool shooting stars. Our night out under the moon was pretty darn cold in the low 20’s. Upon awakening I immediately high tailed it out of the tent and into the shower. I took a nice long hot shower to warm up. Ahh, so much better after that.

Thankful for a good relaxing day.

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