You can’t remember the last time you felt on edge. Certainly, you can recall instances of your adrenaline thumping—such as when you leapt out of an airplane over the Big Island of Hawaii, achieving the dream of flight as your parachute opened, and you watched the majestic waves of the Pacific rolling in. But here, in the underground enclosure known as the Carlsbad Caverns, you feel slightly uneasy, unsure of what lurks in the shadows. But alas, this is why you travel, to push your boundaries and to let fear inside your soul. It’s in these moments that you learn the most about yourself. At the end of the day, hotels in Artesia, NM are there for you to take refuge.
Slinking into the dark, underground world of the Carlsbad Caverns, your senses momentarily betray you. Your eyes don’t make sense of the pitch-blackness, your ears confuse harmless rustlings for something more sinister, and the nerve endings on your fingers mistake moss-covered stones for forgotten corpses. As you begin to adjust to the otherworldly oasis, a flock of bats swoops overhead, their high-pitched chirps echo through the caves. You watch as they fly toward the entrance of the caves, your eyes picking up the light and making sense of your surroundings. Now, instead of a scene from a horror movie, you detect the massive stalactites and stalagmites all around you—the protectors of a long-gone underground kingdom. Hesitation leaves your body and you traipse with purpose through the Carlsbad Caverns, more sure than ever that you were supposed to be here. Because as Nelson Mandela once exclaimed, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” You mull over what it means to be afraid in the safety of one of the available rental cars in Artesia. Allowing fear to creep inside of you means that you are willing to become the master of your emotions, a thought you continue to ponder back at Artesia hotels.
Feeling secure, you glide into the inviting shower inside cheap hotels in Artesia, NM. Rinsing off the grime, you smile in spite of yourself; you looked fear in the eye and came out stronger. Feeling invincible, you head off to Albuquerque hotels. There, you’ll be rid of bat-infested caves, but be faced with the prospect of navigating a new city—the most terrifying yet rewarding challenge of all.