Wednesday, October 7, 2009

El Paso and Bats

We took a short tour of El Paso today including the University of Texas at El Paso, who happens to play in Conference USA with Marshall. The campus is surprisingly pretty with consistent architecture. Most of the buildings were adobe with brick or stone trim, many of them with tile trim pieces. Nice. Also saw the Sun Bowl where they host an annual bowl game. Very nice stadium.

We arrived at Carlsbad Caverns around 4:30 but unfortunately it was too late to go inside. Our timing is impeccable. We'll be there tomorrow morning!! (Warning: If bats creep you out, go to the next paragraph!) We stayed to see the bats come out of the cave opening. They do that everyday around sunset. When I say bats, I mean 300,000 to 500,000 bats. It looked like swarms of locusts streaming out. It took at least 20 minutes for them all to get out. In fact, they were still streaming out when they left. The ranger said they can take as long as 2 hours. And this was out of an opening that looked to be at least 15 feet in diameter. It was fascinating in a creepy sort of way. The skin on my back is still quivering.

After touring the cave tomorrow we are heading to Dallas.

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