Eric and I were at Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center a little before 8:00, ready to buy a ticket to walk 750 feet below Earth's surface. At 8:30, on the dot, we began the descent into the cave.
The elevator is temporarily broken, but I cannot imagine not walking as it gives perspective as to the size of the cave. Not to mention that the cave features get progressively more amazing the further in you get.
We were the first ones down and had the place totally to ourselves for at least 30 minutes. You could hear water dripping onto stalagmites.
The Carlsbad Caverns are just as incredible as I imagined. I have wanted to come here ever since my fifth grade state report on New Mexico.
It was this exact place where Eric proposed, and I said yes!
It took us 20 minutes to hike out of the cave, and then seven hours to drive to Bisbee, AZ, a mining town until 1975.
Bisbee was founded in 1877 because of the presence of metals in the earth. These metals proved very fruitful as Bisbee became known as one of the richest mineral sites in the world.
The town has done a fabulous job maintaining its historic architecture.
We couldn't get over what a strange place Bisbee is. The mix of artists, old miners, and a flourishing LGBTQ community is an interesting mix.
What an unforgettable day with my fiancee!