November,1998 we didn't give up and visited Carlsbad
Caverns with Mike's mother (it was the second time for us with Mike
there). First time we visited these caverns in May of the same year.
the first time I was in a real big cavern and it was so exciting. Carlsbad
caverns are the very big caverns, I think they are the biggest in US. The
main caverns are open for the public and you can go yourself at your own
pace. That's actually how we did it. We took the map and photo camera and
then walked through. It took about 2 hours to see all the caverns. The
Big Room is a giant cave with a size of several football fields! The temperature
is 56F (13C) constantly, it was cold inside even in May. I don't know how
to describe it but it feels like a fairy tale land... The caverns lie very
deep underground so one needs to use elevator to go back to the surface.
The funny thing was a underground cafeteria inside the cave... At the evening
all the bats are going our from the main entrance to fly outside during
night. We visited special show where people can see them flying out of
the main caverns there are many other small caverns and some of them are
quite difficult to reach. There are some special guided tours to go inside
those. During our second visit we took such a tour to Slaughter Canyon
Cave. It was quite exciting and we used only our handheld lights. The best
feature was the snow-white Christmas Tree column. BTW, our guide told that
people made some movie inside this cave in the early 20 century.