Tuesday, July 9, 2013

day 8 Alamogordo to Las Cruces

This morning we headed out earlyish for Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Ben had wanted to do this and when I originally made our route it was on the way. About a week before we left on our vacation we decided to change some things. We decided we wanted to rest after losing Collin. We took Texas out and replaced it with 2 nights in Phoenix and 3 nights in Sedona. We also took the night in Vegas out and added three days in Disney to the end. So we went to Carlsbad Caverns NP then headed back the way we came through Guadalupe Mountains NP in Texas and ended up about one hour west of where we started this morning. On our 3.5 hour drive to Carlsbad we stopped at a stand on the side of the road. It ended up being a hit with us all. We bought snacks and they had a petting zoo. Goats, a camel, a pig, horses, a cow, ducks and a fish pond. The kids loved feeding them.
But we had to leave and continue on.
We enjoyed the caverns. Our guide was knowledgeable and it was beautiful. But it was also cool and it felt nice doing something that wasn't in full sun. we drove through the Guadalupe Mountains and onto Las Cruces.
we had dinner at our first Cracker Barrel. I really enjoyed it.
We are enjoying this pool. It's outside and even at 9:30 here it's still in the 90s.

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