My adventures 750′ below the ground. (by Ellie)

One of the most exciting things that I’ve done over the road trip was going to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. I got to see stalagmites and stalactites. Stalactites hold tight to the ceiling and stalagmites are mighty on the ground.

The Big Room

To get to the caves we had to hike a 1.25 mile trail that took us 750 below ground. When we got to the caves, the first room was called Kings Palace.

Entering the cave

Since I am a junior ranger I got to help and use the Park Ranger’s flashlight so the people walking around the cavern could see tiny drops of water and guess how old they are. I guessed 100 years old. The little drops of water were actually about 50 years old. Some of the stalagmites and stalactites were thousands of years old!

I thought the caves were cold and warm and quiet and dark. When we were in the caves I got to see a cave pool that was 8 feet deep.

ellies-cave-sign ellies-cave-pool

After we finished the cave tour we went back up and I got to start my junior ranger book.

All 4 Carlsbad Rangers

The next day we got to go to a part of the cave where in the summer about 300,000 to 400,000 bats come out to go get food and all shoot out like planes. That was all the fun that I had in Carlsbad Caverns.


2 thoughts on “My adventures 750′ below the ground. (by Ellie)

  1. Such a great experience!!! Ellie-I live what you wrote! I learned so much!

    I’m glad you’re having such a wonderful time.

    Love you,
    Aunty Sandy (better known as Cinderella)

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  2. Ellie, I wish I could have been there with you. I think caves are such wonderful places to explore and your descriptions were terrific. You made it sound so interesting that Pop and I are now thinking of taking a trip there.
    How lucky you are that you were picked to hold the flashlight.

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