Monday, January 18, 2021
Carlsbad Caverns, NM
ODOMETER: 83,078 | MILES TRAVELED: 5,133
Today was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so JacK and Stellie didn’t have school. We took advantage of this and visited the Carlsbad Caverns.
Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico is another breathtakingly beautiful place, impossible to convey through video or photos. Marine fossils found here indicate that it was once part of an ancient underwater reef called Capitan Reef. The caverns were forged by sulfuric acid—not water erosion, as is the case with most limestone caves. The temperature in the caverns holds steady at 56 degrees Fahrenheit. They are home to Mexican free-tail bats and as many as 300,000 of them billow out of the caverns each night. Carlsbad Caverns National Park has about 120 known caves at this time.
The Carlsbad Cavern is about 30 miles and is the largest, readily accessible cave chamber in North America. The largest cave is Lechuguilla Cave, which is about 140 miles and 1,604 feet deep. This cave is not open to the public.
One of the park rangers told us that there are formations so delicate in there that they can be damaged by breathing on them. Carlsbad Caverns is a must-see once in a lifetime experience.
Carlsbad Caverns is a must-see once in a lifetime experience.
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After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.
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We made trips to get water, fuel and provisions, but apart from that we had to stay on the boat. We passed the time snorkeling (saw a giant moray eel!) and inventing new water sports.
Once we received our exit paperwork, we were finally free to leave for Fiji.
These are our personal thoughts on some of our experiences.
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