By Aleada Siragusa (Mimbres, New Mexico)
In July 2010 we went to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. I have always wanted to visit these caves as a child, being a dedicated Rock Hound I was mesmerized by these limestone wonders.These are greater to me than the Cathedrals’ in Europe, being natural and God made and thankfully, so well preserved. They just may be the most beautiful and greatest limestone caves in the world, the main cavern is 8 football fields of majesty…
While there, as I lagged behind my family to take photos, this man near me started to pound on the wall and tried to jump up and grab the famous stalactites, he made fun of the name, the lion’s tail. I told him to stop and his wife told me the cavern was theirs and they could do what they liked with it. So I said, “it does not, it was made by God for us all and when you touch the walls you desecrate something sacred.”
Oh great, I was alone and they both were way bigger than I am and they started to shadow me as I walked and say nasty things to me in a harassing way. I walked very fast then I took a turn on a side path with a bench and started to draw. One of the park guides came over to see what I was doing, and I told her what had transpired, and what they looked like.
One beautiful cavern in Sonora Texas was famous for its natural Butterfly formation, one of the wings was torn off in 2006; was it these people or people who think like this who vandalized this natural feature enjoyed by so many…?Why are some people so ignorant and nasty? God save us all from such stupidity.