Photos from our trip to Padre Island National Seashore and Guadalupe National Park in Texas, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico - March 1, 2012 to March 10, 2012

 

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Cathy with Lilly and Peak on Padre Island National Seashore

Beach at Padre Island National Seashore

Richard with Lilly and Peak at Padre Island National Seashore

Beach scene from campground at Padre Island National Seashore

Lilly (foreground) and Richard and Peak (background) at Padre Island National Seashore

Sunrise at Padre Island National Seashore

Sparkling waters at Padre Island National Seashore

Richard and Lilly and Peak at Padre Island National Seashore

Sweet Lilly on the beach with Richard at Padre Island National Seashore

Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore

Richard at Malaquite Visitor Center, Padre Island National Seashore

Laughing Gull at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Cathy at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Laughing gull and Short-billed Dowitcher at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Laughing gull at at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Beach scene at at Padre Island National Lakeshore

"Cabbage Head" jellyfish at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Peak at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Panorama of beach at at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Our campsite at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Redhead Bay Ducks at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Redhead Bay Ducks in flight at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Red-eared slider turtle at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Redhead Bay Ducks at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Cathy at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Brown peligans in flight at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Royal Terns at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Beach at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Lilly and Peak relaxing in the Scamp camper

Beach walk with Park Ranger Suzy at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Female Great-tailed Grackle at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Male Great-tailed Grackle at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Great Blue Heron at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Cathy on Beach "highway" at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Short-billed Dowitcher at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Snowy Plovers at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Brown Peligans in flight at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Ring-billed Gull at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Great Blue Heron and Gulls at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Camping on Beach "highway" at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Sunset at Padre Island National Lakeshore

Sunrise at Padre Island National Lakeshore

New Mexico Agave at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ranch at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Donkeys at Frijole Ranch, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Chichuchuan desert, Smith Spring trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Richard hiking the Smith Spring trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Smith Spring at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Manzanita Spring, Smith Spring trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Richard at Visitor Center at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Frijole Ridge at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Stone marker for Butterfield Overland Mail Stagecoach Station ruins at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Sunrise over tent campground at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Morning light on campground at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Campground contact station at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Peak at entrance to Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Our campsite at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Lilly and Peak snuggling in the Scamp

Frijole Ranch at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

A forest of Prickly Pear cactus at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Cane Cholla or Tree Cholla fruit at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Donkeys at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Smith Spring trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Cathy on the Smith Spring trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Sunset colored Prickly Pear cactus at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Soap Tree Yucca at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Panorama of Chichuchuan desert at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Panorama of Chichuchuan desert at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Smith Spring trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Entrance to McKittrick Canyon at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Blue bird at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Well camouflaged lizard

Richard on the McKittrick Canyon trail

Bark of the Alligator Juniper at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

New Mexico Agave

Richard at the entrance to the Pratt Cabin on the McKittrick Canyon trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Pratt Cabin on the McKittrick Canyon trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Richard on the McKittrick Canyon trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Crossing pristine spring water on the McKittrick Canyon trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Texas Madrone tree on the McKittrick Canyon trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Ruins of the Pinery Butterfield State Station on the Pinery trail near the Visitor Center at Guadalupe Moun

Lilly lounging while on vacation

Cathy studying park information at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

McKittrick Canyon trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Pratt Cabin on McKittrick Canyon trail at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Tour led by Ranger Virginia at Carlsbad Caverns

"Junior Ranger" helper (sweeper and light operator) Cathy at Carlsbad Caverns

Cavern formation at Carlsbad Caverns

Very old ladder at Carlsbad Caverns

Cavern formation at Carlsbad Caverns

Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns

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