day 155
carlsbad caverns

"I was looking at the map, and I was thinking that a grey road to a canyon on the top of the Continental Divide in Mexico doesn't sound like the best idea to me, what with the 4-wheel drive shaft being in the back seat and all." - k.
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Deep Thoughts:
Elevation: 3100ft
Depth: 750ft
Temperature: 56F

Claim to Fame: Aside from being one of the most extensive cave systems in the United States, there's the bats. Mexican Freetail bats inhabit the cave during the warm spring, summer and early fall months. At dusk, the colony of over 300,000 bats takes anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours to exit the cavern. Park Rangers off nightly presentations about the bats as visitors watch this amazing wonder from the park's amphitheater.

Suggestive Rock Formation of the Day

Enjoy Carlsbad Caverns Safely:
- Stay on the paved trail
- Supervise children closely
- Wear a jacket
- Ask Park Rangers for help
- Strollers not permitted, use child-carrying backpacks
- Leave your pet in the kennel, not your car

We ask that you:
- Avoid touching the cave formations; the oils on your hands waterproof and stain them
- Refrain from taking gum, candy, food or drinks into the cave
- Don't use tobacco in the cave
- Do not throw coins or other objects into the pools
Everything's Big in Texas!
And at 8749 ft, the Guadalupe Mountains are the biggest Texas has to offer!

Where's Dorko: Carlsbad Edition
Jan 28 - You asked for it, you've got it! Actually, no one asked, but who cares? It's been nearly a hundred days since we last played Where's Dorko. You already know the rules, so we made it even harder for you experts. Now hop to it!

Can you see her? Click on her if you can! (This one's pretty easy.)

Uh oh, she must be somewhere. But where?

Gosh oh gosh! I can't find her anywhere. Can you?

Watch it! This is a tricky one!

Oh, you'll never find her in this one...

Think you're smart, do you? Well, here's a bonus picture. The original Dorko is hiding somewhere below. Where could he be?

Yay! Thanks again for another great game! You did your part, you sure are smart! With me and you and my dog Blue we can do anything that we want to do. See you next time!

deepah... deepah...
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Current Location
(should we still be alive)

Carlsbad Caverns

Next Stop: Mexico!

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Today's Weather:
Dark on the Inside, Light on the Outside

Daily Stats

National Parks Pass...
Savings Today:$12.00
Total Savings:$117.00
Original Cost:$50.00

Worth it?Yes, if you're planning on visiting the Southwest

Sleeping Quarters
Big Bend Ranch S.P.

We woke up in the middle of the night hearing strange sounds all around our tent. It turned out to be two horses and a donkey that had crossed the river to see what was on the other side.

Cost: $12.00

Bottomless Lakes
Kevin:Apple Oatmeal
Aimee:Banana Oatmeal
Rosa's Cafe
Van Horn, TX
K's Order:Cheese & Beef Enchilada, Taco, Tamale
A's Order:Chile con Queso

© 2002. Kevin Beimers and Aimee Lingman. Ooga Friggin' Booga.