Deep in the Caves

While we were staying in New Mexico I was told that we were going to go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. My parents had told me a lot about it and I couldn’t wait to go. I must say it was one of my favorite places we have been so far. I can’t even recall how many times I said the words: “This is so awesome!” Unfortunately we did not see any bats. We were not there during the right time of year, but that didn’t stop me from wearing a Batman shirt. The last time my parents were there 20 years ago my dad said he also wore a Batman shirt. What a coincidence right? My dad even brought a Batman action figure!

It reminded me of the Mines of Moria from the Lord of the Rings more than the bat cave. The caverns are a huge cave system that goes more than 800 feet underground. The hike down into the caverns was a path that just went deeper and deeper. There were huge stalagmites and stalactites everywhere. There were a lot of small pools. The largest room was 8.2 acres. And the hike around it is one mile long. It takes about an hour and thirty minutes to hike all the way around it. This big room (it is actually called “The Big Room,” very original) is somewhat in the shape of a cross. During the walk around this room we saw a cave called the “Bottomless Pit.” It just goes straight down, however, it is not bottomless. There are two ways that people can get to the bottom. There is the natural entrance, which is about a mile long hike. Then there are the elevators. We took the hike down but we took the elevator up. It was very long for an elevator ride. Even though we did not see any bats, the caves themselves were still awesome.

5 thoughts on “Deep in the Caves

  1. Hey riverr, buddy.! We all miss you(: Glad you texted us in the morning the other day.. It was nice to know that you remembered us, and it sparked a great conversation. Well, can’t wait to hear from you next! Hope you’re having words.. Love youuu!

  2. River;
    THANK YOU so much for your narrative on the caves. It is very insightful.I am 65 years old , and although I have heard about the Carlbad Caverns my whole life, I have never had the opportunity to visit them.
    You getting there as a teenager is fantastic.

    I am in the process of rebuilding a small camper trailer (21ft.), and I hope to be able to see some of the wonderful things you and your family have written about this past year. You guys are awesome, and you have been my inspiration to get this camper done. Thanks


    1. Thank you, I hope that you get a chance to make it to the caverns when you finish the camper. They are so cool that I would love to go back sometime.

  3. What a fabulous experience for you guys !! Which one of you is going to publish a book about your year on the road?

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