Walking through the dimly lit caves at Carlsbad Caverns can sure fire up the imagination. I grew up on bad black-and-white sci-fi movies that played on Saturday afternoon TV in the early 60s: Invaders from Mars, The Crawling Eye, Godzilla, The Blob. Classics, all of ’em.
About halfway through my time deep underground in the caverns, I started seeing things. Things that creeped me out. Things that did not look like they came from Earth. I managed to capture some of them with my camera and I share them with you here. Rock formations or aliens, you decide.
I swear I saw these two hulking things sliding around. I couldn’t catch them but I swear they switched places when my back was turned. I skedaddled out of that area pretty fast. They weren’t going to capture me, no sir!
Now, how would aliens get here, so far from the surface of the earth? Maybe from a bottomless pit? Because there is one at Carlsbad Cavern, and no, you can’t see the bottom, believe me. Maybe it’s really a worm hole or a time portal or it hides their secret space ship. I’m not going to check it out, I’ll leave that to Wonder Woman or Captain America.
This alien (or maybe it’s more than one, I don’t know) was slithering down from the ceiling, trying to look inconspicuous. It didn’t work. I saw it. And I heard it too. Drip, drip, drip… I made sure it didn’t drip on me!
This pond looked innocent enough… Well, except for those bumpy things on the bottom. Eggs hatching, maybe?
Then I looked at the other end. What the heck is that thing? Looks like a giant’s tongue stuck out to lick up up all the water. I couldn’t see what was attached to the tongue and I didn’t really want to, either!
I picked up the pace, trying to find my way out of this crazy maze of a cavern they called The Big Room. A big room full of aliens, that’s what it was. I mean, really, look at this one. Some kind of cousin of Jabba the Hut and looking about as friendly, too.
That thing was BIG, like 25 feet high or something! I didn’t stick around because I didn’t want to end up like Carrie Fisher in that movie, you know?
And just in case you think I’m pulling your leg, check out this photo. Look closely, just left of center and that big column. You see that dude? Yeah, that’s a Roswell kind of alien right there, people, with a funny lookin face and too-long arms. Alien, right there, I’m telling you.
By the time I got back to the elevator, my heart was pounding. When the ranger asked if I wanted a lift to the surface, I couldn’t say YES fast enough. Just as the doors closed, I screamed out loud. Bubba BigLips and his friends had come to say goodbye.
They mostly come out at night, mostly.
(Newt, the little girl in Aliens)