East Coast Tour - Day 3 UFOs - Underground Formations Observed

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July 1st 2016
Published: July 3rd 2016
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Found these guys at a gas station. they seem to be trying to find some shade, just like the rest of us.
Day 3 - Albuquerque to Fort Stockton

We said goodbye to Albuquerque early this morning and headed east on the last bit of Route 66 for our trip. From there we were in all new territory. Our first stop was Roswell, NM. We also encountered our first trailer problem of the trip. We've always had a bit of difficulty with the tent end latch and this time it broke beyond a quick fix. Tony was able to jury-rig some straps after a bit of struggle and we were on our way once more. Our trip put us in Roswell just in time for their annual UFO Festival. We stopped for lunch and took a tour of the main street festivities. We saw many vendors with alien themed goods as well as other participants adding to the decor. After lunch we headed south towards Carlsbad Caverns. Our original plan was to stop at a KOA a bit north of the caverns, drop the trailer and continue on. It was a bit farther than we thought and we didn't wan to miss the last entry time so we pushed on to the park without stopping at the camp first. The
Must have SouvienersMust have SouvienersMust have Souvieners

Bet you can't find these anywhere else!
Caverns were very large. Getting in to the main cavern was accomplished by either hiking down a mile and a half long trail or taking an elevator 750 ft down. We choose the trail and were glad we did. The transition from cave entrance to twilight zone to the inner cave was very neat even if the path was a bit steep. The main cavern was over 1/2 mile in length and the trail to tour it was more than a mile long. We even had a chance to eat at the snack bar by the elevators that would take us back out. It would have been at least an hour of backtracking to get to our planned stop so we decided to push on to Fort Stockton for the night and take advantage or a later start the next morning. Between the push and the time change we were into camp a little later than planned but set-up wasn't too bad.

Additional photos below
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UFOs in Roswell?UFOs in Roswell?
UFOs in Roswell?

Who would have ever guessed.
A little lunchA little lunch
A little lunch

Love that food truck food.
Believe it or not...Believe it or not...
Believe it or not...

This is a bicycle. The wings even flap when you pedal.
Carlsbad CavernsCarlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns

The very top of the main entrance.
Looking downLooking down
Looking down

this is the first 150 feet of a 750 ft decent in to the main cavern.
Let the light shine inLet the light shine in
Let the light shine in

The amazing formations were very well lit by the park staff.
Welcome to TexasWelcome to Texas
Welcome to Texas

We made it to Texas. There was no sign but the much improved roadway was welcome enough for us.

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