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  •  Stunning! (3+ / 0-)

    I've never been there but this looks like a trek I could manage, as opposed to some of the rigorous hikes you've outlined previously.  :-)

    I've been to Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal, Eagle Cave in Wisconsin, and Crystal Cave in, hmmm, was it W. Virginia? Or maybe Pennsylivania?  Anyway, my claustrophobia isn't too bad in caves with lights and lots of open spaces.  The local caves are another story - too many tight spaces.  

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:38:54 AM PDT

    •  thanks for the comment. . . (3+ / 0-)

      luckylizard. . .and your remark reminds me I really need to focus on some diaries that suggests easier hikes for folks. And here's one right off the bat: if you go to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon take the "Trail of Time" trail, on the rim, which is paved and accessible to battery-operated transport and the like. I will see about what other places that will appeal to you and others that won't tax the heck out of your stamina. I am also wondering if anyone in the DKos community knows if there is similar transport available in Carlsbad, at least for a limited amount of distance to travel and rooms to see. But if you are able to walk, seeing the caverns is not all that taxing. None of those caverns that you mentioned have I been to, sorry to say, but I can look them up online and get a virtual tour, the way my diaries reveal such scenery and information. Thanks for posting your comments and bringing this point to mind (about my posting too many arduous hikes and such).

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:48:05 AM PDT

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      •  Except for mark Twain Cave, (2+ / 0-)
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        they're pretty unknown, and all three are smaller than Carlsbad.  I did not set out to visit any of them but they were near or on the way to another destination.

        Eagle Cave is cool simply because you have to imagine what it was like long ago.   The interior is onyx but all the best bits have long since been removed.  Only here and there can you get a glimpse of some of the neat colors that used to be there.  It's biggest claim to fame lately is that it's used by Scouts for winter encampments.  Even though the interior temp is constant (in the 50s year-round) that's a lot warmer than the winter temps outside.  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 12:22:58 PM PDT

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        •  thanks for this followup comment. . . (3+ / 0-)

          and no wonder the Scouts like camping there, since caves have a year-round steady temperature, and are perfectly great during the hotter months, for camping. I love that Langston Hughes tagline of yours. We all need reminders of such encouragement. Incidentally, there aren't too many caverns, like Carlsbad, with so many glorious colors; at least to my knowledge this is the case. I think one of its big draws for tourism, besides being one of the larger caverns, is its gorgeous colors and shapely shapes all brought about by little more than rain water and the right calcium carbonate solution. Nature sure is wonderful, isn't she?

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 01:02:02 PM PDT

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      •  The Big Room is partially accessible (3+ / 0-)

        It is possible to take the elevator down right into the underground lunchroom and see the Big Room. Here's the NPS info: http://www.nps.gov/...

        I would think that most of the cave (not including the natural entrance route) is pretty accessible if it's only a question of stamina and not a wheelchair.

        •  there is that. . . (1+ / 0-)
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          mostly accessible, asterion, but I think it's the 'blue' line tour (or perhaps it's the 'red') that is only accessible for the, shall we say, more stalwart and physically able. In other words, it's not paved and it's the real McCoy without the smoother walkway. I"m going to go check on that and make sure I'm not misleading myself, much less you learned others. Thanks, again, for the posting and the embedded info that I am sure the community also appreciates. Looks like everyone really does chip in to the merit of a diary, which, of course, is what a vibrant and meaningful community is really all about (and something my co-founder of nmstarg.com always reminds me given the substance of this community).

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 04:25:05 PM PDT

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