Yeah, so neither Juno nor I got abducted in Roswell. There was a strange green glow coming through the blinds of the MoHo but it turned out to be a street light. Oh well. To be perfectly honest, there isn’t a whole heckuva lot going on in Rosell. There are maybe 6-8 businesses that are dedicated to aliens but that’s pretty much it. There were some amusing murals featuring annual Roswell events (that also depict aliens) so that was kinda neat.
I proceeded to the UFO Museum (bonus that it was pet friendly) where I wandered around and looked at the timeline, articles that appeared all over the country about the crash and enjoyed all the alien exhibits. I found the section on crop circles particularly fascinating. There was mention of a new crop circle that appeared within 15 minutes in the middle of the day near Stonehenge – it happened right under people’s feet but no one realized what was happening til it was over. Please note that the street lamps also look like aliens!! And special props to Coca-Cola for the custom soda machine in the gift shop.
We departed Roswell with a fresh sticker for the MoHo fridge and then battled nearly three hours of wind en route down to Carlsbad Caverns. But was it worth it? Oh yes. I will admit, I almost cried when I discovered that I had gotten to the caves too late but as it turned out, only the natural entrance was closed. I was still able to take the elevator down and explore The Big Room. And even better news, I was able to book two tours for the following day – The King’s Chamber and The Left Hand Tunnel. Yippee!
So. The Big Room. It’s big – a 1.25 mile loop of some of the most incredible formations I’ve ever seen. Broken record but none of the pix of the Carlsbad Caverns do this place justice and I highly recommend that you visit this place if you can. It’s in the middle of nowhere but soooooo worth the trip. Here is the first group of pix, including a shot of the elevator showing that I was 750 feet below ground:
The next group of pix was taken yesterday during The King’s Chamber tour (where we actually descended even further). Formations include the Witch’s Broom, the Queen’s Chamber, the Bashful Elephant, and the Veiled Statue.
This last group of pix was also taken yesterday during The Left Hand Tunnel tour. This was an historic tour where we only have lanterns to light our way and the path isn’t paved. It was pretty cool to basically wander around in the dark – our guide Chris was excellent and I learned a lot.
As for the bats? Well, I heard that if you show up to the amphitheatre around 7-7:30pm, they might come out. So I did. And I waited. And there was a ranger who entertained us for a while and answered questions. A few bats appeared here and there but certainly not the onslaught that we were all hoping for (during the height of the season in August, something like 300,000 bats will come out at night). You are not allowed to take pictures and are instructed to turn off your phone so no bat pix to share. I left around 8:20pm and drove back down the hill. I met another couple yesterday morning and they said they had stayed til 9:30pm and still no bats. Here’s a pic of the Natural Entrance and the only bat pic I could take:
Wrapped up our visit and headed off to Las Cruces which is where I am now. I’m going to wander around the Old Mesilla Village for a bit with Juno before departing New Mexico for Texas. It’s been a great week here – Albuquerque, Bandelier, Los Alamos, Taos, Santa Fe, Roswell, Carlsbad and Las Cruces. The only thing I didn’t get to see where Gila Cliff Dwellings so they will have to wait for another time.
Will leave off with a pic of Juno taken at Carlsbad Caverns yesterday – I love how his ears blow in the breeze. Next post will be coming to you deep in the heart of Texas!