Trip:Earth:USA:Carlsbad Caverns:Day 2

Drunk douches last night. What a pleasant way to start a day.

Loud and crazy all night long. The manager had to come out to try and get them shut up. Of course being drunk, i was worried they were going to get into a fight as i could hear voices escalating as i was trying to sleep. I passed out sometime around 3am and woke up around 6:30am. Cold but a beautiful day. It was also very very windy last night. Glad I had staked down my lines and had the fly on. I broke camp down and threw it into the car as I wasn’t sure where i would be spending the next night. I had a vegetable medley and tea for breakfast and off for my day at Slaughter Canyon

It was beautiful. We started with a quick intro then got our helmets and lamps. We caravaned about 30-45 min to the parking area then hiked up to the entrance. Yup. I’m out of shape. The pictures of course don’t do the area justice. I did learn that all minerals fluoresce, some just faster than others so you don’t see it. It was a cool trick in the dark cavern at the end. There were slick spots from water and from being worn away from foot traffic. Afterwards i came back to the center. I got info on the backcountry camping and went to see the big cave.

Ok.

That was impressive. And it really is big. Again i wish i had my slr/tripod. I thought i couldn’t use the tripod at all but it’s just on tours. Drat! My point and shoot did its best with the direction i gave it. I need a tripod or stand for the point and shoot. Afterward I had a late lunch at the picnic tables and read while enjoying the warm weather and view. Finishing up I went back to get a permit. Yup. Spent too much time enjoying the view. They were closed again. Back to the campgrounds. The gentleman was nice and i got a second night for $10. Not sure if that is the going rate or because of the loud people the night before. I’ll take it either way. I set up camp and had a very quiet and peaceful night. Not even windy. Hindsight for taking off the fly even if it was cold. Alarm set for the next morning. I get to sleep in an extra 30 minutes.

-SFA

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