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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  1. A nice surprise, to see your story and picture in the paper. might be used to being published by now. Good article.

    Carlsbad Caverns are pretty awesome. I've been there many times...starting at age 2..a 'couple' years ago. :)

    Like the Grand should be on each American's 'must see' list.

    Natural Bridge Caverns...near a really good one, too. I bet you've been there, too.

  2. I've only been once to Carlsbad but it was thrilling start to finish. We had two young ones in tow - one walking on his own (at least MOST of the way) and another in a backpack carrier and agreed it was the best part of a cross country trip. Your photos way brought it all back. What a treat - thanks for sharing!

  3. Seeing the bat flights out on a cool, damp August evening is even nicer than the Mexican Buckeye plants above that same amphitheater in spring. All that place is so timeless!


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