On the way to the caverns we saw a road up the side of the hill. We decided to follow it just to see where it went. It just kept going up and up. Seemed like a long way but it was just a mile.
|This was coming back down the road|
|when we got to the top, there was an oil container|
|This was looking out over the valley|
We got to the Park and it was almost 5 miles back to the cavern. There were a few places to pull off for a scenic look but otherwise it's just a drive there.
|Driving back to the Cavern|
|These were pretty, don't know if they had this color|
or if it's just the camera
|Still more of the road leading up to the cavern|
Some of the pictures have a lot of color or it's looks like there are bright lights. That's because I had to lighten the pictures with the computer because the pictures were so dark. So it was actually a lot darker in the cave than it appears in the pictures.
|This was called the "totem pole"|
|one of the formations, there were so many|
|These are almost ready to meet|
Stalagmite, Ed remembers this by "mighty strong
from the bottom up"
|Ice Crystals, the colors were not there, that is the camera|
|Stalactite, Ed said he remembers this by " they have to be tight|
to hang to the ceiling"
|Looks like an ice cave|
|this was a fat one|
|thought you might like an illustration|
|This one still had water dripping on it, also had|
a space under it
|The place was big|
We really enjoyed the Cavern. It is just a big room with a walkway all the way around it. It's the first one we have ever went in that we didn't have a tour guide. So we were able to walk at our own pace. There were places to sit down and rest or stop and take pictures. The distance around was 1 and 1/2 miles. There was a lower level that is still being explored but it is not open to the public.
|As you can see it's big, like being on another planet|
|There was so much to see, it was nice not having to stay |
with a guide
|So many different formations|
|One of the best caves we have been in|
|This goes down to the lower level, this is|
the ladder that the explorer used
to go down to that level
|Not a very good picture but this is the way the people use to come|
in to the cave and also leave the cave. Now they have an elevator
and a very nice walk way
We were told when we got our ticket that the line at the elevators are very long in the evening, so the woman suggested we take the elevator down and walk out. So not knowing the details we decided to do that. Maybe we should have known since when you go in, you go down, thus the walk out would be up. Duh! The walk up was 1 and 1/4 mile and it was up. As we were going up, people were coming down. They were saying things like, "you still have a long way to go" and "we really admire you for deciding to walk out." We had no idea what we were getting into. If it hadn't been for the railing, which I used to pull myself up, I don't think I could have made it.
|Around and around we went|
|When we saw the light we thought we were close|
|We still had a long way to go, still more levels|
We had heard about the flight of the bats in the evening. But the bats are in Mexico at this time so we didn't get to see it. When we got to the opening we thought we were seeing the bats but they are cave swallows.
|One of them found Ed|
|He was at the wrong place|
|people sit here to watch the bats come out of the cave|
in the evening, called the
"flight of the bats"
|This is the cave|
|This is the big room|
|This shows the winding path coming out.|
We are back at Medina Lake, a Thousand Trails park. We have decided to gate guard a few months before we start heading back up north.
Happy Trails Ed and Lyn