“Photos don’t do it justice,” the elevator operator warned as we descended into Carlsbad Caverns.
OK, she was right. But I had to try. And I’m posting them here anyway. Because I’ve always loved a cave. And this was the coolest cave I’ve ever explored.
Well, “explored” might be an exaggeration. My companion and I walked the tourist walkways through the “Big Room” of the caverns earlier this month. But people are still exploring these caves. We were excited to see a rope descending from Halloween Hall, the new room that National Park Service workers had discovered on Halloween night.
The structures on the floor of the cave were too varied in shape and size to simply call them stalagmites. The stalactites reaching down from the ceiling were not as massive (gravity would have seen to that), but stunning in their beauty and variety as well. We toured the “Big Room” of the cave, the easiest course through the cave.
The little boy that still lurks inside this old man wanted to explore every nook and tunnel that wound back beyond the lights at seemingly every turn. We settled for wandering with our eyes. But Carlsbad is a feast for the eyes, even if the camera doesn’t do it justice.
These are the caves I’ve explored (if you can “explore” from the tourist walkways:
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