|Some big Texas sky.|
We started out our trek after our night in Tucson, Arizona. We drove a little ways down the freeway to get our breakfast at McDonald's. But not just any old McDonald's. Oh no, this one had dinosaurs. Because, why the heck not? Naturally we had to get a couple pictures with our new dino-friend.
After that, we drove, and drove, and then for kicks, we drove a bit more. We went drove right on out of Arizona, all the way through New Mexico, up through the little corner of Texas that contains El Paso, and then back up into New Mexico to go see the Carlsbad Caverns.
I have seen quite a few caverns in my day. These were HUGE. We were only able to go through one cavern due to time constraints and the wee babes, but one was enough for our pit stop. The room we did see is just called, "The Big Room," and that is no exaggeration. It went on and on in all directions. There were a million different formations, and we had fun naming all of them (or guessing the names of ones that already had names.) Personal favorites included the Chandelier and the Jabba the Hut Wedding. I think it is safe to say that this was everyone's favorite stop. Even Juliet enjoyed the caves--she was singing and talking to herself the whole time in the baby bjorn.
|This reminds me of the planet Hoth in Star Wars.|
After we finished up in the caves, we headed back up to the surface for the bat flight. We sat around for 30 minutes, waiting for the bats to make their debut. I had been waiting for this all day--everything I had read said this was an incredible, once-in-a-life-time experience. We waited, and waited. While we waited, a thunderstorm blew in. And not just any thunderstorm. Carrie said the only way she could think to describe the lightning was that it looked like a strobe light--and that's pretty accurate. Every minute or so there would be a huge crack and a fork would light up the sky. The bat flight ended up being cancelled, but the weather was pretty incredible. Everyone had to evacuate the park because in addition to the lightning, there was also a flash flood warning. Yay!
|My personal favorite formation--the Chandelier!|
We left that storm behind, and drove back into Texas. Would you believe it if I told you that in the distance was ANOTHER HUGE LIGHTNING STORM?? At this point, I had seen enough to last me a good long while, so while we continued to drive down country highways in the middle of nowhere, straight into a scene from Twister, my brain decided to start to play delightful little tricks on me. Here is a glance into my thought process that night:
BOOM. Oh wow, another huge fork of lightngin--WAIT, WAS THAT A FUNNEL CLOUD??? ...Well, probably not, but I can't tell!! Oh geez, oh geez, oh geez...where are we?? How can I even know if there's a tornado warning?? We could literally be driving right into it and have NO idea...are we sure we should keep going? We should have stopped back at that little town earlier. Why did we even go on this road trip!! Ah! I swear I just saw a funnel cloud again, this is too much! ....wait a second...where did Dan's tail lights go??? Oh my gosh, my husband just got sucked up, and I can't even see the dang tornado because it's too dark!! ...Oh wait, there he is. There's just a dip in the road there...better speed back up. Oh geez, oh geez, oh geez.
|Thanks Carrie, for the picture!|