Guadalupe National Park and Going through Guadalupe Pass.
The next day was spent in and around Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the drive into the Park we came across a herd of Barbary sheep. There were about a dozen of them scampering along the North canyon wall. We were able to stop and George and I took a few pictures of them. These sheep are not native and were
first brought to the United States in about 1900 from North Africa. They have been reared in zoos and on private preserves for a number of years. They were first released into the wild in New Mexico in 1950. They are now trophy hunted by big game hunters.
|Barbary Sheep Herd|
|Trio of Barbary Sheep|
We opted to hike down into the Caverns via the natural entrance. This is a steep 1.25 mile walk down into the “Big Room”.
|Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns|
|Stalactites and Curtains|
White’s City, located just East of the Park was developed by Jim White. White's City is an unincorporated town with a population of about 10!
In the evening we returned to the Park to observe the Bat Flight Program. This involves watching the Brazilian free-tailed bats, present from April or May to late October or early November, emerge in dense groups, corkscrewing upwards and counterclockwise, usually starting around sunset and lasting about three hours in search of dinner. No cameras or electronic devices are allowed as this disturbs the bat's
|King's Palace Chamber|
As we had had a late lunch we called it a day after the bat show. We had a small dessert of chocolate with a glass of wine, before turning in.
|Storm in the Distance|