Trip:Earth:USA:Carlsbad Caverns:Day 3

Awesome night.

Slept so well that I slept through my alarm. That’s ok. Mother nature and her sun woke me up. Got food started and had lasagna with cheese for breakfast. While that was cooking up i broke camp again and put everything else away. Ate and quickly drove up to the center for my next two tours.

Left hand tour is done by candle light. Not tons to see by but that isnt the point. You get to see, literally, what it was like for the original explorers trying to venture in the tunnel. Your eyes adjust as well to the decreased light. The pictures were taken on the way out. I got lucky to be the last one out. Continue reading

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.


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.


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Trip:Earth:USA:Carlsbad Caverns:Day 1

Why start with this kind of title? I hope that at some point in my life, long or short that it may be, i will have the opportunity for space travel and specifying that i wrote this from earth might actually mean something.

Day 1

I woke up late and then got a late start to the drive. I had hoped to get a very early start to not only make it to the visitor center for a backcountry camping permit, free by the way, but to also check out the two main public caves and the city itself. As expected, and thankfully, i got 0 out 0 bars on my phone most of the trip. I was ‘forced’ to take the time to write in my journal instead of just typing away each day. I felt good writing down on paper my thoughts, like i was releasing, pardon the imagery, the spiritual constipation within me. Continue reading

Moving sites

As I’ve been trying to make a move from the to something else, I had way too much time looking over options. Not wanting to spend a lot of time managing as well as being scared about security threats and whatnot I’m trying (not I’ve gone to) Rapidpress on So far I have to say it’s been a pretty up and down experience. I talked to someone about a week ago on the site and he was great. Very knowledgeable and answered everything I thought I needed to know. Continue reading


Can the imagination truly be a flight of ideas or is it a byproduct of an experiential base? Where does the idea of a flying car come from if you have no vehicle, chariot or the first ford?

The imagination is sparked by something that causes the leap into a fantastical idea that seems to have no bounds.

As i sit on the airplane and at times gaze out the window (from the aisle) i see the clouds and with a past filled with my experiences i see the rabbits and snakes and mountain tops and other objects my mind shows me as it tries to make sense of what it is beholding. Continue reading

Long time no write…

It’s been over a month now since I’ve written online (still writing in my journal) for one main reason.

I’ve been researching self-hosted vs a managed host for wordpress or just staying put. I recognize that I can over research information and this is one of those cases. I’ve had ideas for things I want to write about and while that isn’t an issue, putting media into a post has seemed like it would be tricky to move over to another site. Continue reading


A milestone is a physical marker showing the distance between two points.

It’s also used as a physical marker that can be a reference point.

These physical markers were used in times past to help the romans and other civilizations find their way and guide others.

Nowadays we have those posts on the highways showing… that’s right… the distance between one mile and another. The bigger ones can help you when you need to fill up on gasoline or find a place to crash for the night. Continue reading

musical ignorance?

I like music. Who doesn’t? For myself almost any type is fine as i’m generally not too picky. Some types i will listen to if it’s on but not tune to it on my own.

This past weekend i went to a nice concert by the local philharmonic. Three different pieces. Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Walton: Viola Concerto, and Dvořák: Symphony No. 8. Two before intermission and one after. All of them were enjoyable, more so with the help of the preconcert lecture from the conductor. For anyone that hasn’t gone to a preconcert lecture, it would be analogous to the ‘making of’ for a movie. The extra information can help enhance the viewing experience with a greater appreciation and understanding. Continue reading