From deep in the heart of Texas one day to deep in the bowels of New Mexico the next.
Day 2 started with a winding journey — 75 stories underground — through the Big Room of Carlsbad Caverns. Pretty overwhelming stuff. The first guy to say, “Hey, let’s have a look in there,” before the nice lighting, well-marked paths, audio guides and all, was either unbelievably gutsy or irredeemably foolish.
Considering that people today flock to have their own look, I’m going with the former.
On to Antarctica? No, that’s White Sands National Monument, west of Alamogordo, N.M. White Sands boasts the world’s largest gypsum dunes, and was probably my favorite stop. The sand drifts like snow, blows across the road through the monument like snow, and looks enough like snow that tourists should be forgiven for being confused by the heat.
Oh, and you can sled down the dunes, too.
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