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