|This past weekend+ was spent visiting my sister in southwest Texas and sightseeing in New Mexico. El Paso is close enough to Carlsbad Caverns National Park to pay a visit. The cave part was pretty cool, but the other attraction -- the 400,000 bats that emerge each night -- didn't happen because of the rain. The next day we drove up to Albuquerque and stopped at White Sands National Monument and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site on the way. After spending a day in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, we flew home. Short, but good, trip.