There was a female Varied Bunting, a couple Ash-throated Flycatchers and three Bullock's Orioles when I crawled out of my tent this morning. Good stuff. We left Guadalupe around 0800 and headed back to Carlsbad. My World
So...I love caves. A lot. Cave crazy, even, eh? But I just can't get into the touristy cave thing. I mean, no doubt that Carslbad is an extremely badass and impressive cave system. It's freaking awesome, but sidewalks, steps, elevators, giftshops, bathrooms...all in the cave? I don't dig it. It's just weird. I love the cave itself and am completely impressed by the actual cave, just not what the park service has done with it.
I hadn't been to Carlsbad before, afraid of the tourist attraction and knowing the experience could likely disappoint. Again, beautiful place and cave but I would have enjoyed it much more on a more uh, primitive and unmodernized level. Ah well. This cave is more my style. Check it out, the cool factor will make you drool lika fool.
My favorite part about Carlsbad was this old man bat stuck in one of the formations. No doubt he's been around there for quite a while. Kinda hard to see, but look closely and you should see his outline. Neat-o!
Anyway, I checked Carlsbad off my list and glad I did, despite my smack talk about it (sorry). I just took texture shots because I only brought my 50mm lens with me, my fastest lens. No zooming out, so taking pictures of the gigantic rooms wasn't going to happen. (too bad cause they're really really cool!) They're all shot at around 3200 ISO so...whoa. Not the sharpest things in the world but some of them came out pretty nicely.
Back to Guadalupe later in the day...