At White's City (don't be mislead by the 'city' part), we turned on the access road to the caverns. This wound for several miles through a canyon before climbing up on a mesa via a couple of mild switchbacks. On top of the hill, the wind was quite stout. In fact, smoking was only allowed INSIDE vehicles. No cigarette for me.
Before we got to the entrance to the cave, we were stopped by a volunteer who gave us all the rules and again cautioned us about the rigors of the walk down. The first sight we had of the cave mouth was from the top of the Bat Amphiteater, where we watched 7,000 bats per minute leave at dusk thirty years ago. We started down.
After touring the Luray Caverns in Virginia last year, we couldn't help but compare. The decorations and formations in the Luray are better but the sheer scope and magnitude of Carlsbad are awesome.
We eventually turned in and let the RV gently rock us to sleep.
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