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Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Jewel of a Cave

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This morning Carol and I took a short 20 minute tour of Jewel Cave National Monument.

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The cave has over 162 miles of charted tunnels and they estimate that only 2% has so far been charted!

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Here are some pictures from the displays in the visitors center of what kinds of formations are in the cave.

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The cave is 220 feet below the visitor center and fortunately, they built elevators to take you into the cave.

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Looking up onto the cave roof in the dim lighting, you can see various colors from the formations

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This room that we were in is about 150 feet square but really goes down farther than I could see.  They have installed ladders and stairs for some of the areas reachable by tour.

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Another picture showing the different formations on the walls.  There are actually entrances to two tunnels in this picture.

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While they do charge for the various tours (Simple, medium, and difficult), the National Park senior pass gets you a discount on the costs and for us, it made the simple 20 minute tour free!

Here is a short video of the actual tour.

 

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One of the better looking weeds in the area of the cave historical area.

We went over to Mt. Rushmore again this evening to see the light show with Judy & Everett, the fellow bloggers we met on Tuesday.  We got there in plenty of time and got all setup and ready to watch the show.  But then a thunderstorm came over and dumped rain so we aborted midway through the show and came back to the RV.  On the ride home, nature put on quite a light show in the sky for us, so we did get to see a light show, just not the one we were planning on!

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