I'm sure glad it's not July. I don't do well in the heat.
We had a really nice rest stop in Azle with Elzi. Not only is she a really nice lady and a hell of a cook but a very gracious hostess as well. Soon after we pulled up and had the bike unloaded we were feasting on grilled "Beer-in-the-Butt-Chicken". Not satisfied to leave well enough alone with that we had some perfectly cooked grilled steak the next day. Were those steaks any thicker they would have had to label them as roasts. Thank you, Elzi. I finally have pleasant memories of Texas to supplant the memories of oppressive heat and mind-numbing cicadas.
Today was spent underground in Carlsbad Caverns. As caverns go, this one wasn't too bad. I've seen better... I've seen worse... What I don't see too often anymore is caverns that are lighted in such a manner that the natural color of the formations is apparent. Too many places these days are using colored lights to "enhance" their formations. Not Carlsbad... They use plain lighting and allow the formations to "speak" for themselves. Still, the lighting they use is very subdued. This makes for a very "cavelike" experience but is not very conducive to photography. Especially digital photography without a tripod or auxiliary lighting. I've got a few of the better shots below. With the exception of the first and third images, these were all two second or longer exposure times. Most were four seconds. For some of them I used a filler flash to capture the foreground but needed the long exposure time to capture the background. It's almost like a double exposure all in one shutter movement.
That's about all for tonight. We're packing out very early tomorrow morning for our Bun Burner 1500. We met with Norm and Linda this evening to get our IBA documentation signed. You probably won't hear from us again until after we've had time to recuperate in Las Vegas.
-Are We There Yet?
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