Saturday, March 7, 2009

Racing Across Texas

Well, maybe not THAT fast! I have never been to the Rio Grande Valley in the southern tip of Texas, so I thought it would be a good place to visit before the Bandera Dance Rally.

Interstate 10 across the Western part of Texas seemed to have more trucks than cars.

With lots of scary signs along the way.

I stopped in Sonora, Texas to see the famous Caverns there. They have a nice campground there with a resident peacock and peahen. (OMG - I stayed in a campground! But keep in mind there is no public land in the state of Texas, except for National Parks.)

The tour is a little pricey - $20 -- but well worth it. Certainly the most beautiful I've ever seen, if not the biggest.

There are no huge rooms, as in Carlsbad, but the formations are amazing. Scott, our guide, used a flashlight to point out little intricacies.

The paved trail led right through the formations. We walked almost 2 miles underground, through many different rooms and tunnels.

Lots of them are covered with what looks like popcorn.

Even the stalagmites and stalactites were covered in "popcorn."

Several places had tiny "soda straws" hanging from the ceiling. I had never seen anything like that before, and I've been to several of the most popular and well-known caves.


Barney (The Old Fat Man) said...

Indianola Tx has free camping and is not a NP. Just outside of Falcon Dam on the way to the RGV is a county park for $2 a day.

Bob Parker And Donna Huffer said...

Beautiful caverns I think there the best wet cave around been there twice.
There is a lot to see in Texas take your time and have a good time.

WINpres03 said...

Definitely the best cave pics I've ever seen! Either it's daylight inside or you have a really great camera.

Hugs, Sharon

Diana said...

Hi Sharon,

Here's the trick--

Put the camera's ISO on auto.
Set the exposure down about 1 stop.
Steady the camera on a rail.

onthemove said...

Great cavern shots!!! Where are these caverns?

sally said...

I can't believe it's been almost a year since the last TX dance rally. Have fun.

Barbara and Ron said...

Eighty mph - hard to Waltz Across Texas at that speed. Great shots!

DaveM said...

Great shots and good camera tips. I was interested in the night speed limit, what a good idea on unlit roads. I wonder why they dont have it in the UK.