CARLSBAD CAVERNS NP, NM

My favorite movie during the month of October will always be Hocus Pocus. This year, I've decided to be a witch and celebrate early by wearing my witch costume while exploring the inside of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Have you guys decided on your Halloween costume yet? I tried sneaking around the cave to scare a few people, but most of the time they were not spooked out and thought my witch hat was cool. What an amazing sight! I've been through caverns similar to the one in Carlsbad, when I traveled overseas to Vietnam (Quang Binh) to explore one of the biggest caves in the world. If you don't have time to travel to Asia, Carlsbad Caverns is your next best bet. The cave was deep as well as big. I spent three hours down there. At around 5:45pm, you can sit at the outdoor "Bat Amphitheater" to witness close to half a million bats ascend out of the cavern's opening to search for food. They make a loop twirl as they fly out, then fly like they are drunk into the night. I actually admire bats because one of their favorite food to eat is mosquitoes and have I mentioned how much I dislike those annoying blood suckers? I also camped one night at the White City Campground. Before Carlsbad Caverns, I did stayed a night in Rosewell at the Bottomless Lake State Park. I wished someone warned me beforehand to not camp there since it had all the amenities (nature wise), that would sway me away from ever stepping foot near that location. Smell was horrid (cow manure), lots of mosquitoes/bugs, and the campsite will not allow you to burn wood to make your camp fire and did I mentioned the smell was awful (I lost my appetite that night)? Yes, they had complimentary showers and wifi, but that's not enough to be able to enjoy the lake when nature wants you to crawl into a hole and stay there. That's all for now folks. I'm currently in Texas and enjoying what I see and smell so far. Stay tuned...

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

From dawn to dusk, what an unforgettable time in Albuquerque, New Mexico! I checked into Hotel Cascada Friday evening to attend the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta the next day. On Saturday, I woke up at 4am, took a shuttle from the hotel to the "park and ride" area. I definitely recommend taking the shuttle rather than driving yourself to the event to avoid the hour plus long traffic. As I entered the festival before sunrise, I had the chance to see the hot air balloon teams from all around the world set up and prep the balloons. I thought there were a dozen or two hot air balloons, but as the sun started to rise I saw that there were well over a hundred balloons. The Mass Ascension started at 7am, that's when all the balloons started to ascent and float above me. The moment in itself was beautiful and overwhelming. I chilled out until the Music Fiesta started after 1pm and headlining the concert was The Band Perry. It was my first time attending a country concert and I loved it! Kimberly Perry performed a version of "I Will Always Love You", by Whitney Houston and it was incredible to hear! I stayed until the Night Magic Glow event presented by Canon and got to see the fireworks afterwards. Seventeen hours later, I had a few sun burns here and there, a stomach full of carny food, and memories to last a life time. One day, I would love to take my kids there!