|At a little nook of a cave in Custer's State Park|
In New York a few years back, we visited Howe Caverns. I liked the caves well enough-they weren't my favorite, but I did like two parts quite a bit. The first was the ride in the boats on the underground river. In Anaedor, you would ride the Turbles, which would be more fun, but smellier. The other cool part was the Winding Way, a very narrow passage with high walls that winds back and forth (hence the name). It felt very constricting, which was awesome.
|Reminds me of Willie Wonka's chocolate river ride.|
|The Winding Way|
|Every coffee lover's dream.|
|The wind is blowing the plastic strip.|
|Note the anti-firearms sign.|
|Do you see the demon? We did.|
Wind Cave is known for its box work details, which you can see to the left and below. I would love to do this for our ceilings - it's a great effect. My favorite part was when the tour guide turned out the lights. Total darkness forever wouldn't be fun, or if you were stuck in an oubliette, but it was very cool to experience for a few minutes.
|Wind Cave and more box work.|
The second cave we saw was Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns. It's hard to take good pics inside a cave, but here are a few samples of what we saw. It's a small cave, but a beautiful one, and I can imagine what it must have been like when those who discovered the cave first saw the crystals. They must have thought they'd died and gone to heaven. Our guide was fun and funny and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour, though you have to go down a lot of stairs, then get back up them - not for the faint of heart, or the weak of heart, either. Once you leave, there's a small cave right next to crystal cave that you can explore on your own. They even provide the flashlights!
|Looks like teeth, eh?|
|I'm rich, I'm rich!|
|Pretty pattern...or intestines?|
|Entry to self-exploring cave.|
|Rorschach Gem Test: What do you see?|
|Original entrance to Rushmore - note the ladder.|
|Entry into a Goblin's cave?|
|I love the mythical look of this part.|
|Very cool, but rather suggestive.|
|More teeth - likely dragon.|
|Close up of teeth - need brushing.|
|The exit - reminds me of how Lavida returned to Anaedor in Book Two.|
I'm thinking of heading to Pennsylvania next. There are a fair number of caves there that are calling to me. I'd also like to explore a sea cave some time. If you ever visit a cave you like, drop me a line.
Until next time, fellow cavers!
Come Explore Anaedor!
|The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Return to Anaedor (Book Two)|