Monday, June 3, 2013

Carlsbad Caverns - a lesson in time

When I unfolded this Sunday's San Antonio Express-News travel pages, one of my Carlsbad Caverns pictures covered the top quarter of a page.  My story, Desert meets caverns, followed.

More than 118 caverns lie within Carlsbad Caverns National Park boundaries, but most visitors find themselves sufficiently cavern-struck with visits to two, the Big Room and Kings Palace.

There are two entry points, the original surface entry, with a walk  of 1 1/4 miles down to the openings of the Big Room and Kings Palace, or a downward elevator ride of 750 feet.

Pinnacles, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies, soda straws and more festoon walls, floors and ceilings.  Most are still growing, minerals precipitating from water drop-by-drop, the passage of centuries measured in inches.  Time made stone.

Photo by Peter Jones, courtesy of NPS

If you sometimes think you'd like time to slow and your mind to open to the unknown, plan a trip to the caverns.

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