Monday, July 28, 2008

Day 8- Balmorea State Park

We are in Balmorea State Park in Texas after a 2 hour drive. There is fresh water spring here that they have made into a pool. The water is at a constant 65 degrees and it is COLD! The kids are having a great time as they have a diving board and a high dive.

Texas is HOT! It is over 96 degrees here- thank God we have that portable a/c unit for tonight. So far, the weather has been great- feeling more like spring than late summer. But I fear that is over! Welcome to Texas!

I'll post pics the next time I get online.

Day 7- Carlsbad National Park

We got up and drove to Carlsbad National Park. We went here because Paul Jr. really wanted to go splunking (cave exploring), so he and his dad signed up for the spider cave tour. No one else would go- espcially me. Crawling around in caves in not my idea of fun!

Their tour started at 1 and didn't end until 5. The rest of us went on a self guided tour of what they called "The big Room"- like the name implies, it was a room the size of 14 football fields full of cave "stuff". It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get through it. I am not a cave person and after the first 15 minutes, I was ready to be done.

Paul and Paul, however, had quite the time. Paul Sr. had to fight back panic as they had to crawl through an opening 12 inches high and 24 inches around- they crawled through this for 30 feet! I can't even imagine. He had bruises all over his arms from crawling through the caves! I will have to post pics of this later as I am running out of time. Paul Jr, however, was ready to go on the hardest tour!

Day 6- Traveling to Carlsbad, New Mexico

On Saturday, we traveled almost 14 hours to Carlsbad, New Mexico. This was another long, long trip and we were glad to arrive. The place where we stayed was in the desert, so the landscape was different from any we had ever seen before. We arrived around 10 at night, so the men had to set up in the dark, which was a fun challenge. (HA)

The weather here was muggy, from the tropical storm that hit Texas. The temperature was only in the70's however.

Canyon Camping

Dad's new hammock was a favorite spot to sit. A 14 point buck by the side of the road.
Helping dad put up the tent.

A bike ride around camp.

Indian boy.

A very dirty little boy.

Sunset at the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

As beautiful as these pictures are, they do not do the Grand Canyon justice. It is something that you really have to see in person to appreciate. It is amazing and I could have looked at it for hours.