May 17, 2022 Carlsbad, NM Day 2

I slept-in this morning as we had nowhere we had to be. Bob got up earlier than I did to wash the Jeep while the temp was still low. We had a leisurely breakfast and Bob took care of some business for the Co-op, while I gave Auggie a much-needed bath. There are quite a few construction workers living/staying here, so after they leave in the morning, it’s very quiet. We had blue skies, but the weatherman was talking about the forest fires to the north and west of us possibly giving us smoky skies if the wind direction changes. We hope not! Before lunch, we made a visit to Walmart for a few groceries. When we got back, I went to take a swim in theie indoor pool. The water was perfect and it definitely hit the spot. I had the whole place to myself and it was just what I needed.

Today is the beginning of our second month on the road. Time sure flies when you’re having fun! We took some R and R time in the afternoon to celebrate with cocktails. That was nice! We made plans for our visit to Carlsbad Caverns tomorrow. We had to plan ahead before we left home to acquire a timed-entry pass online to get into the park. Unfortunately, there are no ranger-led tours to different rooms in the cave at this time. They were suspended due to COVID. Bummer, but we’ll do the self-guided Big Room tour which is 1.25 miles round trip. The laborers started to return to the campground between 5 and 6:00. It’s kind of funny to watch them arrive and then the next thing you know they are out walking their dogs. Big burly workers walking tiny yorkies and other small dogs. Each to his own. Bob cooked chicken quarters on the grill for dinner. We have shade on our patio in the afternoon and early evening so we can enjoy sitting outside after dinner. Auggie and I took our walk around 7 when it started to cool off. The sun sets around here at 7:49 in Mountain Time. On our walk we saw this cute little camper called a NEST. I have never seen one of these before. It was from New Brunswick.

Once we got back to the bus, we sat outside and enjoyed the evening watching some TV outside. Tomorrow we’ll have a busy day touring the cave and returning in the evening to view the bat flight out of the cave at sunset. They say it’s quite remarkable to see.

1 thought on “May 17, 2022 Carlsbad, NM Day 2”

  1. I’m really enjoying reading about your adventures. We actually have the heat on today here in CT. On the weekend it will be 90…crazy. Enjoy the million bats exiting the caves. No photos or devices allowed since the ranger will tell you they don’t want to disrupt the lifecycle of the bats.

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