Oh, my goodness, was this place fun. Dominic has been studying soil, rocks and minerals in school and has been super fascinated by rocks and gems. He breaks rocks open any chance he gets (to the point that we've had to enforce some rules about it). When we told him about this place he didn't want to wait a week to go but I let him know that if we waited a week, we might be able to invite some of his friends to come along. Sure enough, we filled every seat in our car. The drive was just barely over an hour down a beautiful road (this time of year its so green and lush).
Penny didn't know that we had 2 more seats in our car that pop up in the back and was worried about where the other boys were going to sit. She thought she was going to have to share her seat.
One of the boys was prone to getting car sick so we watched Jimmy Neutron in the car the whole way there and back (not something we normally do on such a pretty drive, but the road was SO windy and I didn't want to clean up puke). I've never heard a group of boys laugh so hard about something they are watching. Thanks Nickelodeon.
Here are the boys at the original and only entrance to the cave. This cave was originally found by some explorers looking for diamonds and gold in the 1800's. None were found so they started charging a small sum of gold for people to come in and look at it. That lasted a while and then they abandoned the cave.
Here we are going to the second level down. The stairs got pretty steep and were wet from the rain coming through the cave, but it was the perfect amount of scary for the boys. Enough to keep them cautious but not enough to keep them from moving down.
This is looking waaaaaaaaaaay down and you can see a pool. The guide said the water down there is the most beautiful water ever, absolutely pristine and clear as glass. It was absolutely beautiful to see that green/blue colors in a cave of brown. The water itself was a good 80-90 feet deep. Those parts of the cave are not open to the public but the lines going down provide access to special groups and workers.
The boys. This was at the end of the boardwalk.
Looking at the ceiling with Daddy.
These helictites grow an inch every thousand years or so. They were amazing and grow in all directions, not just down. They only appear in 5% of caves in the world.
Once we got out of the cave Penny said, "Thanks for carrying me Daddy."
The boys on their way back up. I had to tell them to slow down several times. Apparently its not as scary going up as it is going down.
I think my D found something.
Black Chasm Caverns, thank you for a wonderful afternoon! We'll definitely be back to more caves around the area soon!
Fun Fact: did you know that one of the safest places to be during an earthquake is inside a cave? You wouldn't even feel a thing. Its like newtons cradle.....you bounce one ball towards the other four and the 3 in the middle stay still while the 4th one takes all the energy and bounces away....the cave is the 3 in the middle. Now, you just have to hope that the entrance doesn't get blocked in the process.