#8: Carlsbad Caverns, NM

The 8th post card in my collection has a special place in my heart. My husband and I moved across the country in 2008 – just the two of us (everyone else we knew lived on the east coast). In 2011, we decided to move back east.

I transferred within my company, and we only had one week off from work in which to drive all of our belongings from Arizona to Pennsylvania. We set off together, each driving one vehicle laden with everything we owned in the world. Since we had a little leeway built into the schedule, we planned a stop in New Mexico at Carlsbad Caverns, and a couple other stops to visit friends in Texas and Tennessee.

We pulled into Carlsbad, NM late that night. It was our first overnight stop of the 3,000 mile journey, and we were exhausted after driving all day (remember, we were two people in two vehicles, so we both had to drive every leg of the journey).

We managed to check into the hotel and drag ourselves down the street to the Chili’s (it was the only restaurant open in town at 11pm). Hot wings and a margarita have never tasted so great!

Carlsbad Caverns, Carlsbad, NM


The next morning we drove out to Carlsbad Caverns. We spent a good 4 hours walking the cool, quiet, crypt-like caverns. We opted for the walk-it-yourself route, which is a longer pathway down to the deep vaulted caves. There is an elevator for easier access – we opted for this option on the way back up. But the slow, calming descent from the summer desert air into the cool stillness below was like its own form of meditation.

We were unburdened of the past, and not yet set in the ways of the future. This trip to Carlsbad Caverns was like a moment out of time. The caverns themselves reflected this same timeless feeling.

I would love to go back one day, at twilight to witness the exodus of bats from the mouth of the cave. But I don’t think it would hold the same magical appeal as that summer day when I bought this post card.

Categories: Memories, New Mexico, Post Cards

Tags: , , ,

1 reply

  1. that was a fun day 🙂

Let me know what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Steve McCurry's Blog

Steve's body of work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element. www.stevemccurry.com

Sour Mango

My life in photos and other ramblings

A European Summer

A fine WordPress.com site


Putting my creative self to work through pictures


A Travel Blog - Traveling the World and Doing Good

nicole marie richardson


Ming Thein | Photographer

reframing the world one picture at a time

Liberated Traveler

Here to educate, motivate, and liberate.

Travel Geek Mag

Global. Culture. Captured.

(pre) concept - break your journey

On travel and Photography

%d bloggers like this: