Carlsbad and the Guadalupe Mountains

Well New Mexico redeemed itself with the awesome cave system at Carlsbad. There is an elevator that goes seven hundred and fifty feet down into the caves. We started with the good old fashion hike into the cave instead of taking the elevator. As we descended into the huge opening the kids’ excitement grew. Out came the flashlights even though the National Park has installed lights throughout the caves. Unfortunately the caves are something you have to experience for yourself because pictures don’t turn out well due to the lack of bright lights. We did manage to get some shots that reveal some of the wonders that are spread throughout the entire hike underground. We made it to the elevator around lunch time, so we went back up to have a picnic because you are not allowed to eat in the cave system.
After lunch we went back down to explore the big room. Being in the caves was surreal with new bizarre formations around every bend. We hiked every foot of trail that day and enjoyed every minute of it. The kids were able to finish their junior ranger books and get their badges. They then proceeded to get their cave scientist books to work on and the education about caves continued.

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Thanksgiving on the Road

Happy Thanksgiving!

We decided to stay for a week just outside of Albuquerque to make sure we were not traveling on Thanksgiving day. Normally Sarah makes a large Thanksgiving day feast for us, but with a small oven it seemed like too much to ask her to make a feast this year. We decided to just go out to eat and the kids really wanted to eat at a buffet, so we went to a casino buffet for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a little strange going to a casino having lived in Nevada for most of our lives. The food was good though and everyone ate till they were stuffed, so mission accomplished. The kids made some Thanksgiving/Fall decorations to put up to get us in the mood. Sarah cut out leaves from construction paper and we wrote thing we are thankful for on them. It was a good holiday, though we missed spending it with family.

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