Last Tuesday we took a few hours out of our cross-country drive to FINALLY (we've been meaning to stop there, every trip) stop at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.
It's such a different National Park experience because, well, the whole park is underground! We arrived too late to go on one of the very cool ranger-led tours deep into the caverns. They wear spelunking gear, and helmets with flashlights... the whole nine yards. BUT we were able to take the elevator down 800 feet into the Earth and explore the Great Room.
It was so freaking spectacular. You must go there in your lifetime. GO. Jason was so inspired, taking a million photos - he's been working on editing them, so hopefully you'll see a post from him soon.
The photos below are OBVIOUSLY mine and slightly blurry. Sorry. I'm not a photographer. But I married a real one - one with a master's degree and everything! I always learn so much from watching him shoot, and am fascinated by the way his eyes see light, framing... all the technical elements he learned with his very expensive education.
Still, blurry photos and all, here's Carlsbad Caverns from my perspective, blurry because I was shooting without a flash. Which, by the way, you should do if you ever go in there. Don't be one of those obnoxious idiots who's constantly using your flash in the caverns. Not only does it absolutely annoy everyone around you, it blows out your images and disrupts the color. Stupid flashers. :)
So what are you waiting for? Get there!