This was the first Thanksgiving that I wasn’t able to go to Big Bend with Doug and Jim. It was kind of a bummer, but I essentially ran out of vacation this year…although that doesn’t matter anymore. I then planned a trip to Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico, and asked Yama if he wanted to come along. After work in Wednesday we headed west. As it turned out the drive wasn’t much longer than the typical traffic filled drive to Dallas. Click here for all the photos.
I picked out this cool hotel called the Trinity…it was the only non chain option, but seemed to be the nicest option in Carlsbad.
The room was pretty swank, but they only had one bed and a sleeper sofa. We alternated who had to sleep on the sofa. Still it was worthwhile.
Especially since the room came with free coffee and pastries in the morning. I was expecting danishes and some french toast, but got lattes and scones/muffins/cinnamon rolls/strudel instead.
We decided to hit Carlsbad Caverns on Thankgiving as the crowds would hopefully be smaller that day, and it turned out to be a pretty wise decision. There were so few people there, we could easily setup tripods and shoot.
Here’s some highlights of the Caverns
Being that everything was closed on Thanksgiving, we made our way to the Best Western for the Thanksgiving buffet.
The next day it was raining in the morning, so we headed up to Roswell to look for some aliens and see the sights. First stop was the visitors center to get a pic with aliens and figure out what sights there were to see. Needless to say, it was a bit disappointing. We checked out the Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge and saw nothing but birds. Then went to the Lea house to see the house of one of the founders of Carlsbad. Also saw the POW memorial, where WWII German POWs built an iron cross into the bank of the river while working on the chain gang.
The next day, we went to the Guadalupe Mountains to hike the Devil’s Hall trail. Its freezing in the morning, but warmed up a little later. It was an awesome hike with some sweet sights.
Sunday morning, we headed back to San Angelo, but on the way we stopped off at the Living Desert Zoo. It was pretty cool, but the animals were less than active.