These pictures were taken on a weekend trip from Albuquerque, New
Mexico, to Carlsbad Caverns, El Paso, and White Sands, then up to
Santa Fe and Sandia Peak. They were taken with my Olympus C730 Ultra
Zoom digital camera. Most images are shown at a resolution of
640x480, but are available in full 2048x1536 size by clicking on the
links after the captions.
Thursday, November 6, 2003
Cathy and I left Albuquerque in the evening, made a stop for dinner at
Penny's Diner in Vaughn, and got to Roswell before too late. The ride
was mostly in the dark, so there are no pictures.
Friday, November 7, 2003
We made a quick stop at the museum in Roswell to
see some Goddard
rocket exhibits [3 Pictures], then drove
through downtown Roswell [4 Pictures].
The big destination of the day was Carlsbad Caverns[2 Pictures]. On the way from the highway
to the visitors center, the road passes through some Chihuahuan Desert
scenery [8 Pictures], including the
Walnut Canyon Vista Trail [7
Pictures]. It was hard to believe it was a desert with
temperatures in the 40's with fog and drizzle. We got our cave
tickets at the visitors center [2
Pictures], then started our way down into the natural entrance.
There are lots of pictures from the tour, many with and many without
the flash in attempts to get decent pictures. Carlsbad Caverns
the path from the visitors center to the entrance [2 Pictures]
After Carlsbad, it was on to Texas and a very cool, foggy, and drizzly
Guadalupe Mountains National Park [14
Pictures]. After we left the park, we drove out of the fog and
got some nice views of the mountains [16
Pictures] from the road before it got dark and we continued on to
El Paso for the night.
[7 Sign Pictures].
Saturday, November 8, 2003
In the morning in El Paso, we tried to find a view of the Rio Grande
and across into Juarez, Mexico, but that seems to be very hard. The
best we could do was some pictures of the fence at the border and some
things on the hill on the other side [5
Pictures]. We got some pictures of the mountains on the way up to
Las Cruces [2 Pictures]. After Las
Cruces, we went east into the White Sands Missile Range [3 Pictures], and
eventually to the White Sands National Monument [28 Pictures]. We also stopped at the
Space Museum in Alamogordo [3 Pictures].
On the way back to Albuquerque, we got to see the total lunar eclipse
[18 Pictures]. [28 Sign Pictures].