Carlsbad Caverns with Ryan Flyers - Aug 30-31, 2003 8/28/2003
On Aug. 30, 2003 a bunch of wild and crazy (not really) Ryan Field Flyers launched in several airplanes (some slow, some fast) to converge on Carlsbad, NM to visit Carlsbad Caverns. We assembled on arrival around 11:00 AM at Cavern City airport. After a quick lunch at Happy's, we went on to the Cavern. We spent a wonderful afternoon underground to a depth of 750 feet. The day was culminated with a viewing of the bats (Mexican Free-tailed & a second species) exiting the cave at dusk.
The flight back Sunday morning included an exciting search for a VFR hole up to VFR On Top. It was a smooth flight home.
Sorry about the picture quality. Most of the shots in the cavern were hand-held, 1/2-second exposures at small f-stops. I am happy that anything came out. The photos are arranged chronologically.
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01_NaturalEntrance.jpg
01_NaturalEntrance
02_GatedWarning.jpg
02_GatedWarning
03_LastDaylight.jpg
03_LastDaylight
04_LastDaylight.jpg
04_LastDaylight
05_LastDaylight.jpg
05_LastDaylight
06_Column.jpg
06_Column
07_Column.jpg
07_Column
08_Curtains.jpg
08_Curtains
09_Byron_Sarah.jpg
09_Byron_Sarah
10_HearMeNow.jpg
10_HearMeNow
11_Pillar.jpg
11_Pillar
12_ViagraHill.jpg
12_ViagraHill
13_TallPillar.jpg
13_TallPillar
14_Grotto.jpg
14_Grotto
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15_Grotto
16_Grotto_Lynn.jpg
16_Grotto_Lynn
17_Grotto.jpg
17_Grotto
18_Cascade.jpg
18_Cascade
19_GrottoView.jpg
19_GrottoView
20_FairyLand.jpg
20_FairyLand
21_Column_Pillar.jpg
21_Column_Pillar
22_GlansMamarusGiganticus.jpg
22_GlansMamarusGiganticus
23_Curtains.jpg
23_Curtains
24_Tunnel.jpg
24_Tunnel
25_Grotto.jpg
25_Grotto
26_ReadyToLaunch.jpg
26_ReadyToLaunch
27_DamnDeep.jpg
27_DamnDeep
28_ColumnGrotto.jpg
28_ColumnGrotto
29_YouNameIt.jpg
29_YouNameIt
30_RockOfAges.jpg
30_RockOfAges
31_Cascade.jpg
31_Cascade
32_CascadeWall.jpg
32_CascadeWall
33_SpearsOverhead.jpg
33_SpearsOverhead
34_Grotto.jpg
34_Grotto
35_Grotto.jpg
35_Grotto
36_AlmostColumn.jpg
36_AlmostColumn
37_WaitingForBats.jpg
37_WaitingForBats