Blanchard Springs Caverns, Arkansas 10/17/2013

OCTOBER 17, 2013 (Thursday)

 

Woke up to a sunny, beautiful day. We mostly lazed and grazed until around 1:00 PM. Last night the Federal Government finally allowed people to go back to work. We had been wanting to see Blanchard Springs Caverns but they had been closed. We decided to go today.

At about 1:00 PM, we got it together and left for Blanchard Springs Caverns, about an hour away. We were so glad we went. What a beautiful place, almost church like. We had the best guide, named Paul. The tour was about an hour and about ¼ mile long. So beautiful all the way through. At the end of the tour we got on a bus and they drove us back to the main building. What fun. The tour was $10.50 each for Lexi and I, and Michael (the old man) got in for $5.50.

Ozark National Forest sign.

Ozark National Forest sign.

Ozark National Forest

Ozark National Forest

Road sign.

Road sign.

Pretty Woman next to a Grumpy Old Man.

Pretty woman next to a grumpy old man.

Ancient Fossils from a time gone by.

Ancient fossils from a time gone by.

Cavern

Cavern

Cathedral Room of the Cavern

Cathedral Room of the Cavern

 

Peanut butter mud is what it is called, but it is solid.

Peanut butter mud is what it is called, but it is solid.

 

Stalactites hold on tight to the ceiling.  Stalagmites just might reach the ceiling one day.

Stalactites hold on tight to the ceiling. Stalagmites just might reach the ceiling one day.

IMG_5459Cavern

Cavern

Cavern

The balcony.

The balcony.

 

The battleship.

The battleship.

Cavern

Another view of the balcony.

Another view of the balcony.

Cavern

Photography in the cavern is really difficult.  The photos don't turn out most of the time.  This is called the bacon strip.

Photography in the cavern is really difficult. The photos don’t turn out most of the time. This is called the bacon strip.

Dome top at the back of the cavern.

Dome top at the back of the cavern.

Cavern

Blue light means an exit route.  We are about 216 feet below ground.

Blue light means an exit route. We are about 216 feet below ground.

Cavern

Cavern

Cavern

Back of the cave.

Back of the cave.

Cavern

Our guide was happy to be back.

Our guide was happy to be back.

Cavern

Cavern

Cavern

Cavern

Pretty woman and her daughter after the Caverns.  We used a bus to take us back up the the top of the hill.

Pretty woman and her daughter after the Caverns. We used a bus to take us back up the the top of the hill.

Back to the visitors center.

Back to the visitors center.

Pretty woman taking a couples photo with their photograph.

Pretty woman taking a couples photo with their camera.

Pretty woman and daughter with a grumpy old man, courtesy of the nice couple Edie photographed.

Pretty woman and daughter with a grumpy old man, courtesy of the nice couple Edie photographed.

On the way home we saw a huge spider in the road.  Hope we don’t find another one while we’re here.

Lex and I saw it and told Edie about it.  She insisted we go back so she could photograph it.  I told her to get her foot in the picture for perspective.

Lex and I saw it and told Edie about it. She insisted we go back so she could photograph it. I told her to get her foot in the picture for perspective.

Michael is now making dinner, smelling good. That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

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