Friday, March 7, 2014
It is supposed to be a beautiful day, so after breakfast, we hopped in the jeep and headed south on highway 62/180 for Carlsbad Caverns. We aren’t planning on going into the caverns because Fergie would not be able to go. Since we both have seen them before, we decided to take the 10 mile scenic drive through Walnut Canyon.
This drive starts at the top of the mountain where the caverns are located and winds around Walnut Canyon back down to near the entrance at highway 62/180.
About a mile before reaching the Caverns entrance there is an old trading post. Unfortunately, it was closed. I am sure it had been there for many years. Don’t see these too much anymore. Here is Dolly and Fergie at the teepee.
We were soon at the entrance. There was a two lane road that went seven miles up Walnut Canyon. When we got to the top, there is a large entrance building that sells lots of souvenirs. Dolly had to do some shopping before we headed out for the scenic loop.
We continued on around Walnut Canyon. There was a turn in the wash, so I got out of the jeep to investigate. As I was walking toward the wash, Dolly yelled. “Look up"!” I heard a clacking noise and looked across the wash and there was a Mule Deer walking along the hillside.
We were nearly to the end of our scenic drive, when I saw something long and slim move in the gravel road ahead. Grabbed the camera and jumped out of the jeep to get a closer look. It was a very pretty Bull Snake. Looked like it had recently shed its skin and was nice and shiny. I guess it is about three to four feet in length.
By the time we stopped by Walmart for a few groceries and got home, it was already 5 pm and time to call it a day. We had an enjoyable day.
See you later.