I’ve written about Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument here in New Mexico before, so I’m not going to do another full write-up, but I will share these photos taken on my last visit in April 2019.
This is the first time I’ve experienced White Sands on a cloudy and rainy day and it made for a completely different kind of beautiful out there in the sand. I ran into an Alamogordo native on the dunes who told me that it’s the first time in his life that he’d been out in the gypsum dunes when it wasn’t “sunny and hot as hell.”
Being out in the clouds and sprinkling rain was certainly nice, but when the thunder started, all I could hear was my mother’s voice telling me to get in the car.
One of the great things about Carlsbad Caverns is that you don’t really have to worry too much about the outside conditions. The caverns are always cool and damp. You do; however, have to worry about time. I arrived this time just as the last tickets were being sold for entrance. This forced me to elevator down rather than taking my preferred path – the hike down into the natural entrance of the cave.
Elevator ride aside, there was still plenty of time to explore and I was among the last people out of the caverns at closing time, which was nice. It’s very quiet when there isn’t anyone down there.
Pictures don’t do this place justice. They just don’t.
Note to self: it’s time to renew your National Parks Pass.