Randy: Before I talk about Texas, I'd like to add a few words about Carlsbad Caverns. Like Bryn, I was completely awestruck by the experience. If you've never been, plan to go. If you've been, please leave a comment encouraging others to go. The experience of watching the bats leave at night is incomparable and is truly a multisense experience. Seeing the bats swirl around the cave mouth and then heading into the sunset is beautiful and poignant. The sounds of thousands of wings flapping and the smell of those thousands of bats catch your attention, while sitting in a beautiful stone ampitheater. The tour through the big room, a 1 mile loop trail 750 feet underground, is filled with wonders each seeming better than the last. This is an experience not to be missed.
Now on to Texas. We drove for 6 or 7 hours through West Texas and the scenery was unremarkable. Tonight we are in San Antonio. We had a short walk along the River Walk and then had dinner at a Tex-Mex place up a flight of stairs from the River Walk. On the way back to the van, we went through the main plaza and saw the Cathedral.
Tomorrow it's a brief drive to Austin.