If you are planing to visit a cave, you usually expect to find it in the mountains. At least I do. So it came to me as a big surprise to see that the Carlsbad Caverns are located in the middle of a desert... It is really cool though - finding a comfortably cold refugee in this hot and dry landscape feels very special.
I did not take too many photos of this desert as at that moment our plan was to still go to spend next 6 days in other deserts, like Saguaro NP, Organ Pipes NM, Anza Borrego SP. But I took a picture of this cricket/grasshopper/whatever-it-is as I was amazed how much noise this one small creature can make!
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