This week's assignment for Monday Memories is to write about about someplace different or special that you've visited at some point in your life. Why don't you join me and share an adventure of your own?
The trail we took winds up, down, and around thru the main large room of the cave. They claim it's 1.3 miles, but it's a strenuous hike that takes more than an hour and feels much longer. As you can see from the pictures, the cave has just the right amount of lighting to enable you to enjoy the amazing formations while still giving you the feeling of being in the shadowy dark. It is quiet, damp, and cool - comfortable with a light jacket. Being one who is very uncomfortable with ledges and steep drop-offs, I was grateful for the safety railings which line both sides of the entire trail, and the occasional benches provided as rest spots.
At one time Carlsbad Caverns was listed as one of the "Seven Wonders of the Natural World", and it's easy to see why. Taking a tour is a must-do experience if for some reason you find yourself traveling near the dusty little city of Carlsbad in the remote southeast corner of New Mexico.
During the summer months, there is also a sunset "bat flight" program at the Caverns, where you can watch thousands of bats exit the mouth of the cave for another night of hunting. I haven't seen that, but have heard it's pretty amazing.