Some time ago I’ve created the first post in this series. I think It’s a good time to add the second part.
Visiting Carlsbad Caverns
The Carlsbad Caverns is a National Park located in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. The park was established in the year 1930, and it’s now a part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
The cave is incredible, a large chamber is 1220 meters long, 191 meters wide, and 78 meters high at the highest point. It is the fifth largest chamber in North America. A year-round temperature in the cave is 56F (13C), hence don’t forget to bring a sweater.
Renting a surfboard and hitting the waves
When I realized that I will be visiting the state of California it became clear to me that trying surfing is a must. I had no prior experience with water sports, hence I decided to book a single lesson first. The lesson took place at Pacific Beach.
I was taught the basics like picking which leg should I put in the front on the board, how to paddle in the water, or how to stand up fast. After the introduction, I entered the Pacific Ocean with my instructor. I was able to stand on a surfboard three times for a few seconds during the 45 minutes that I spent in the water. During my tries, I have drunk a lot of salt water, but generally, it was great fun. After the lesson, I was allowed to use the surfboard until evening.
It wasn’t my last encounter with surfing on this visit. Later I had found out that one of my friends from the university was also visiting California. Lucas was sent to Los Angeles by his company for some kind of training. We decided to meet for the weekend to do some surfing. We met at Mission Blvd. in the morning, and we rented the surfing gear in the area. Then we hit the Pacific Beach. In the afternoon we decided to travel north to Oceanside, as we wished to try surfing in another area. We have spent time there till the sunset, which looked beautiful. Next, we headed back to the hotel, I still can remember listening to “Call me maybe” on the radio, while passing by the University of California San Diego.
Next day in the morning we also hit the Pacific Beach before returning the rented surfing gear. These were one of the best hours of my life, it was like a dream come true.
Swimming in the Lake Powell
Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. It is the second largest man-made reservoir by maximum water capacity in the United States.
The lake is surrounded by astonishing rock formations so you can expect unforgettable landscapes. Also, as the lake was created by flooding the Glenn Canyon, you should be prepared for a nearly vertical drop of the lake banks.
Watching a movie in a car cinema
Probably many of you have heard about drive-in theaters. These are the places where you can park your car in front of a large projection screen and enjoy a movie.
I’ve visited this type of theater in the city of Carlsbad, New Mexico It was a warm evening after a really hot summer day (over 40deg C). The cinema had a small snack bar, but the waiting line got really huge just before the movie.
The cinema had three different screens, playing different movies. We decided to watch World War Z. The audio was delivered to us by our car radio receiver. We sat down in front of our van, and we watched a story about Brad Pitt trying to stop a zombie apocalypse. The movie is based on a book under the same title, which was written by Max Brooks. I haven’t read the book but I’ve heard that it was much better than the movie. I believe these opinions, as I had read other of Max’s books “The Zombie Survival Guide“, and it was great fun.
As for the movie, it wasn’t bad, It was just a brainless fun, which in my opinion is needed from time to time.
Ocoee River Rafting
This is another of my favorites. I had never done white water rafting before, hence I had no idea what to expect. We booked our trip with Adventures Unlimited, after arriving at the place, we have been taught the basics of white water rafting. We were told how to keep a stable position in the pontoon, how to paddle, and how to take the paddle out from the water if needed.
Then we were given swim vests, safety helmets, and paddles. With this equipment, we waited for out turn. Just after the start on of guys in our pontoon has fallen out. Fortunately, we were able to paddle back to take him with us.
The trip was simply awesome…