Digging Carlsbad Caverns

Wow! Yesterday John and I joined about 35 other Consulate employees and their families and went to Carlsbad Caverns – it was so wonderful, and really exceeded my expectations. I loved walking around in the cool (literally) underground and seeing the beautiful formations.

We stayed until sunset and watched the hundreds of thousands of bats come out of their cave – supercool!

It was a long day – we left the house at 6:45 AM to go pick up the visiting TDYers, and didn’t get home until 11 PM or so, but it was definitely worth it.

I flew back from Hot Springs on Tuesday (after finally getting a haircut at Mike’s before I left). After the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through, the weather was wonderful – nice, dry and cool. I had a really good massage at Sun Bay Resort while I was there – I hadn’t had one in ages and my shoulder and neck are really stiff. She did a great job and I felt tons better afterwards.

I had a fun lunch with Mary last Sunday at Rolando’s for Equadorian food – I had goat cheese and chicken quesadillas – yummy. Mom and I got to visit with Alison over dinner that night, and ran into Julie and Jack while we were out. I also got to have lunch with Leslie in Little Rock before I caught my plane on Tuesday.

I picked up the Volvo from the mechanic’s on the way back to Juarez Tuesday night – he did a tune up, replaced the brakes, etc., so the car seems to be good to go!

It was back to work on Wednesday – I’m re-assigned to the non-immigrant visa section again, so that’s a change of pace.

Friday afternoon, we brought our friend Cathy, a TDYer, home with us for happy hour on the patio and dinner. Always good to catch up with friends.

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