Carlsbad Caverns

We decided to take the natural entrance, so we did a brisk, short (cold) walk over. The little dark hole didnt prepare you for what you were about to experience!
We decided to take the natural entrance, so we did a brisk, short (cold) walk over. The little dark hole didn't prepare you for what you were about to experience!

We arrived at the park around 8 a.m., so the guys could see if they could get signed up for the tour (and  they were able to go!). It was a wonderful day at the Caverns.  Our Lord’s creation is amazing! Although we heard quite often “millions and millions of years ago,” we smiled between ourselves because we knew that wasn’t true.

Jesse looks small compared to cave walls!
Jesse looks small compared to cave walls!
Preparing to enter!
Beginning the steep decent via the switchback path from the natural entrance. It seemed the path down kept going and winding as you entered the dimly lit cave.

The

Talking to a bus ranger.
Talking to a park ranger.
Joseph and Christopher
Joseph and Christopher

Walking through the cave was awe-inspiring. All the formations were beautiful, and the enormity of the Big Room was incredible! The Big Room is roughly 8.2 acres! Big is an understatement.

Family photo!
Family photo!
A Christopher photo for you. :-) He took many of the photos in the Caverns, and with the bounce flash, it was incredible!
A Christopher photo for you. 🙂 He took many of the photos in the Caverns, and with the bounce flash, it was incredible!
The guys were able to do a special tour of the Lower Caves. They only do this tour twice a day, with a maximum of 12 people, so that means only 3000 people a year get to go. It was a blessing they were able! So, here they are before they left to go down the elevators.
The guys were able to do a special tour of the Lower Caves. They only do this tour once a day, with a maximum of 12 people, so that means only around 4,000 people a year get to go. It was a blessing they were able! So, here they are before they left to go down the elevators.
We girls went on a easy tour.
We girls went on an easy tour.

Sarah for the rest

“Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered” (Psalms 40:4-5).

8 thoughts on “Carlsbad Caverns”

  1. The pictures are amazing!! What a great family photo you got there. I’m so glad you made it and that the guys were able to do their tour! We all want to know….how cold was it in the cave (and outside of the cave)?

    Kathy R.
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    56 inside the cave and 30 with wind outside!
    Sarah

  2. I’m so glad I checked back tonight to see if you had photos, and you do 🙂
    Beautiful. What a fun adventure for you.

    I am curious, how do you manage the ranger talks when they are more geared towards the big theory etc.? I don’t recall the talk at Carlsbad Caverns because I was young, but this past summer we were in the Olympics and took a guided hike through a growth area looking and learning about all the plants. I didn’t challenge the ranger. Is that wrong?

    Continued prayers for safe travels and fun family time together. Praying for all the families coming this weekend that they see, hear, and take in all you have to talk with them about.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari
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    Out of respect for others and the fact that we are “guests” we feel the need to be careful and of course respectful. Some things can be handled well with questions. Others by invitation or when the tour guide asks questions of the group.

    During a period of lights out in the cave to experience total darkness we were able to share. First, during a time of discussion regarding the guests thoughts/feelings on cave darkness, I shared that is one of the horrible aspects of hell. Total, complete darkness. Then, after a ranger recited a poem about light, she invited the group to share a poem or song if they cared to. We then sang At Calvary. It was well received and we felt good about being able to share without being pushy.

    I know there are times at the Creation Museum when some with a dissenting view are rude in protesting what is being shared. We don’t want to cause an offense when we are guests. Hope that makes sense.

    Steve

  3. Thank you for sharing the pictures Sarah (and Christopher)! 🙂 I so enjoyed them! 😀 I’m happy that you all were able to go and do all that you wanted to do! 😀 I am so glad our world was not formed by some “big bang” or something like that. 😛 But by the careful planning of a Father in heaven who loves us! 🙂

    Blessings as you travel!
    ~Miss Rachel~

  4. Thank you so much for sharing how you handle things–always with a kind and gentle manner. I agree with you completely. I love that you sang at Carlsbad and I would have so enjoyed being in your tour, and glad to hear you were well received.

    Looking forward to seeing you in Washington.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  5. That sounds very nice, but as someone with a very different view of the world, heaven, hell, and the rest, I would have been very annoyed if some complete strangers took it upon themselves to ruin my nice day out by comparing my experience to hell. I admire the self-control of the other people on the tour.
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    Hi Amy,

    Certainly you would have had to been there, but in our very small group the discussion was of how uncomfortable the darkness was. It was a discussion and in context.
    Steve

  6. Some friends have invited us to go with them to see the Carlsbad Caverns next weekend. After seeing your pics I’m looking forward to it even more!

    Blessings

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