Places to Visit ~ Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My daughter enjoying all of the fantastic speleothems called stalagmites {taken with my cell phone}.
Want a great place to take the whole family
on an upcoming vacation?
A place all dark, cool, and maybe a tiny bit scary inside?

A stalagmite looking like some kind of stacked ice cream cone.
Visit Carlsbad Caverns
up in the Guadalupe Mountains of
New Mexico
where mystery still surrounds the area as stories
of lost gold and Cibola still abound…

Inside the Big Cavern
With no entrance fee into the park 
itself until actually signing up for a *guided tour 
or walking the caverns’ pathway by oneself 
(Entrance fee is $10 age 16 and older, 15 and under are free),
park visitors can wander the outdoor pathways
exploring native vegetation
listening to park rangers talk about the magic of 
the miners~of~old and stories of hidden gold.

*up to $20 for an adult, depending upon the cave tour taken ~ this fee
is in addition to the entrance fee.

Inside the visitors center
 kiosk placards display how the caverns were formed, 
 famous photos by well-known photographers are on-view,
and park rangers are stationed about sharing the caverns history.

Ample parking is available outside the entrance 
for cars as well as RVs, 
pull up your campers along both sides of a long, curving island
with a wide pathway meant for people to get out and stretch,
set up their picnic supplies, table and chairs.
{no overnight parking allowed; however, come and stay for the day!} 

So come and take in the
Surrounding beauty that is the caverns…
Whether above surface or below people of all ages will enjoy the 
wonders of the caves and their formations.
Stay until evening time and watch the nightly bat show 
as several species of bats fly out to feast on insects and fruit 
as the sky’s golden glow fades with the setting sun.

I’ll be sharing more cavern photos
with you over
the next couple of weeks as well as
 I visited this week in Texas…
{still writing up that post!}
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Places to Visit… Evelyn Hallman Park, Tempe, Arizona

Ethereal daisy-like flowers on a wild lamb’s ear-type plant
Springtime in Arizona
is really pretty!

I am no good at growing desert plants, but 
I love the wildflowers
one finds out in America’s beloved deserts!!!
Amazing earth-colors!

My husband and I drove out to Tempe, Arizona

for the weekend
to see our son and his track team

When the meet was all over, and before we drove home
on Sunday,
Hubby and I drove around trying to find a
living desert garden
I had found two years ago.

We didn’t exactly find the one I knew was close by,¬†
but we did find the
Evelyn Hallman Park!

Just over the Salt River there in Tempe,
this little oasis
is an ethereal little fishing place!
Quite a few young men and some older men with their children or families
were taking advantage of the fishing.
It was around 10:30am
and the day was beginning to get hot,
so the fishing was probably done for the morning, 
but these folks were happy just casting away…

We saw another sign that said each adult 

could catch
 two of each type of fish ~ trout and catfish, I believe
(except perch, of which one could catch five!)
each day.
My son would be in fishing heaven!!!

Students, retirees, and families 
were out 
running, hiking and bicycling 
around the lake
and onto trails 
which wind beyond the lake 
and onto lands owned by the 
local water treatment plant/company.

We spent an hour or so walking here and there

with me photographing
wildlife, the scenery and fauna in spring bloom!
Hubby even took a few photos of me.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little

Tempe, Phoenix, Chandler and Scottsdale
are all right next to each other
and are lovely places to visit in late fall, winter and spring.

Blessings to you,