Blogs from Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States, North America


North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad April 1st 2023

Off to the city of Carlsbad this morning, leaving at 9 a.m. because I want to get an oil change. I know it’s a little early for it but I can’t wait until I get home as it would way over the mileage. And I had the time to do it today when I might not get that extra time for the rest of the way home. I never used a quick lube place before - new experience. It was like a beehive in there, mechanics doing everything. Now I feel at ease driving the rest of the way with fresh oil. Even getting to the caverns was an experience. The 7 mile road runs along the bottom of Walnut Canyon with twists and sharp turns until the road starts going sharply uphill. Most of the ... read more
Typical desert area with soaproot yucca, prickly pear and ocotillo cactus
Soaproot yucca.  Their flowers are clustered in a globe on t top

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad December 19th 2021

Another early day, alarm at 5 out of bed by 5:30. Today did not have to be an early day since it was not a travel day, but we did want to beat whatever crowds that might be at the caverns. During this time of Covid most sites, including national parks required timed entry so reservations in advance need to be made. We had the first time slot of the day 8:30. It took about 40 minutes to get form our hotel to the park, which is why we got up early so we could shower, have breakfast and head out. Tarragon was very happy to not have to get in the car today, he got to lounge on his new travel blanket in the armchair in the room. Breakfast was your typical hotel free breakfast, ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad March 12th 2019

blog 03-11 to 03-13-2019 Carlsbad Our campground was really nice but the weather sure wasn't. It was foggy and cool so I decided it was a good day to get to the caverns before it became crowded. Did I mention that all of Texas has spring break at the same time and this is the week. I got to the caverns about 10:30 only able to see the road in front of me it was so foggy. Not to worry about the cave, they keep it semi lit with no outside disturbances down there. I rode the elevator down the 752 feet where the trail begins. It is self guided so everyone can go at their own pace and enjoy what strikes them. Most of the cave is dry which surprised me but there were a ... read more
they called this the lion's tail

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad March 11th 2019

blog 03-11-19 Terlingue to Carlsbad The start was slow but steady and by 10:30 we were on the road north toward Alpine. The nearest everything is in Alpine including the doctor. The people here in Terlingue and Big Bend Nat'l Park have to go to Alpine for the nearest doctor, 90 miles away. As a result the tour company's staff are extensively trained in emergency medicine. Lots of bad things can happen here so it's a necessary skill. About 1/2 an hour down the road an alarm went off somewhere in the back of the camper. No place to pull over, Watson upset and me worried it was a stressful 30 min til I could get off the road. I narrowed the sound down to the fuse panel on the upper cabinet so I turned off ... read more
construction trailers and housing
burning off extra gas  everywhere

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad June 10th 2018

Stayed the night at Carlsbad RV Park. It provided the luxury of showers, a swimming pool and washers and dryers. After cleaning up and relaxing we headed to the Caverns the next morning. The crowd wasn’t too bad. We had a few moments that were quiet without anyone nearby. We hiked in via the natural entrance. Dagny did really well but started to get tired towards the end of walking around The Big Room. She fell asleep in my arms so we decided to take the elevator back up. ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad February 4th 2018

Today's plan included, seeing Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Sitting Bull Falls. The in the past few days we have driven about 400 miles and it was starting to tire me more than I had expected, so Mi Hyon insisted on driving today. It was a great help and fun to sit as a passenger just taking in the scenery without having to watch the road. The day amounted to a marathon touring effort that was as rewarding as it was exhausting. We left the RV around 9:30 for Carlsbad Caverns and arrived in about 45 minutes, well ahead of the crowd that started arriving when we were finishing up. Words and pictures can never describe the beauty of the Caverns!! The Park Service has done an amazing job laying out the paths, the ... read more
View of ride up to Caverns
Lions Tail

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad April 18th 2017

De Houston nous sommes montés vers le Nouveau-Mexique pour aller voir des cavernes que nos amis avaient trouvés 'très spéciales'. Nous avons campé à Carlsbad et découvert un beau parc pour faire de la bicyclette. Le lendemain, la visite des cavernes nous a cependant 'ravis', un endroit grandiose, très intéressant et d'une grande beauté qu'aucune de nos photos n'a pu reproduire. Vous les trouverez peut-être 'ordinaires' mais la réalité était plutôt 'wow'. A+... read more
Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad September 24th 2016

Day 2 at Carlsbad scheduled for a walk through a piece of the earth that 500 million years ago was under water. This is the magnificent main cavern in the national park. To enter we rode an elevator 750 feet underground. We met our guide Dave who led us through the caverns. Although we were told no photos, Dave gave us permission. Out came the cell phones to record the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. One small fact: it takes 80 years for these cave Structures to grow one inch... look at the photos and wonder how many thousands of years these stalactites etc have been growing. Onto Santa Fe, another 4 hour drive through the wild, Wild West.... read more
Carlsbad cavern
Photos from our 1 1/2 tour of the cave.

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad September 23rd 2016

Driving from San Antonio to Carlsbad New Mexico. Think Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Cisco Kid riding on their loyal horses in the bad lands looking for Bad Men. That was the landscape and terrain we rode through for 7 hours. Add a few oil wells, wind turbines, a cell tower or two and that completes the picture. IF THE MOVIE THE BIRDS MAKES YOU SHIVER DO NOT READ THE PARAGRAPH BELOW, JUST SAYIN at dusk last night we saw the most spectacular work of art Mother Nature can produce at Carlsbad cave. We witnessed 450,000 Brazilian free tail bats leave their cave for their night work in the sky. Aprox 45 minutes of bats flying out in flocks from the cave entrance . The show begins right before dusk and by the time we ... read more
Carlbad caverns national park

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad July 26th 2016

TEXAS San Antonio, the Alamo was first on our agenda. The chapel is just about the only remaining part of the entire fort but iconic and the story a legend. It was surprising to see so many countries represented in Texas's battle for independence. It's another scorcher, mate; around 105. So the next logical place to visit is the River Walk. It is a really nice area along a man made canal including canal boat rides. But the big draw is the shade trees and the coolness found next to the river. It is lined with restaurants and shops. We eat at a barbacue place but it's no where close to Memphis barbacue, Yummy. NEW MEXICO We leave San Antonio Texas on a 9 hour drive. More desert and oil and gas wells along the way. ... read more
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Cooking breakfast

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