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Day 5

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We woke to a beautiful day with the sun rising over the dunes at 6:45am (CST). We packed up, ate cereal, took showers, and headed to the vistor's center to have a look around.  They have sled disks you can rent to take up the dunes and slide down. Sounds like fun, but the walk up hill is not and we've already had our showers.  On the road at 9:30 am (CST) towards Guadalupe Mountain National Park, TX. Stopped by Flying J to purchase internet service for the month (thanks Toni) in Pecos, TX.  Now where ever they are we can have internet to keep you up-to-date! Also just realized most Texas rest areas have free WiFi (figures) 4pm (CST) or 3pm (MST) not sure what time it is, waiting for our phones to tell us, we arrive in the park area and it's starting to rain. Camping in the rain really isn't an option for 1 night especially since we could never locate our rain guard for the tent.  So we are on our way towards Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM. Since it's been raining, the temp's gone down to 65F.  Arriving at the caverns 5pm (MST), we are checking things out and have decided to get dinner and come back at 7:30 for the "Bat Flight" and tomorrow for a 2 1/2 hour self guided tour at the Natural Entrance (where bats take flight for the night). Just as the ranger was explaining the history and what will happen, the rain stopped! He said they have a monitor in the cave that is hooked up to the speaker system and will hear their clicking before they emerge from the cave and about 8pm it happened and all was quiet and still and it was spectular seeing them take flight. When emerging from the cave they make an up ward spiral then out to their destination for as far as 50 miles. It took about 45 minutes. Back tomorrow for more.


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Our Trip Across America 2009

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