Start: Carlsbad, NM
End: San Antonio, TX
Miles Driven: 510.2 (7371.3 total)
Last night we made sure to set the alarm and woke up this morning in time to make it to Carlsbad Caverns as it opened. We descended 750 feet from the surface via the natural entrance to see the largest cave in the Western Hemisphere. The highlight of the tour was the "Big Room", a subterranean chamber which covers 14 acres and is filled with stalagmites, stalactites, cavern pools, and other cave decorations. Amazingly, there are still connected passageways and cave rooms in the cavern system that are yet to be fully explored.
After ascending back into the sunlight, the rest of the day was spent on the road. The drive was long, flat, and uneventful: just as we expected of rural Texas. The lone highlight was tracking down each local AM station broadcasting the Patriots' game so we could stay up to date on the action. Upon arrival in San Antonio, we checked in to our free hotel room and had dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Patrick was excited to find that even the spaghetti is bigger in Texas.