(Where A discovered how girls can be seduced with rocks.)
The self-guided journey began at the back door of the quaint gift shop. The lady gave us a flashlight and explained with a smile, 'To look into corners and stuff.' The door opens into a concrete tunnel, which leads to a cavern 1000 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 12 stories high.
White calcite= vanilla, Iron oxides=chocolate and butterscotch.
We decided to name our own rock formation, which reminded me of old Russian fairy tales.
The bridal veil, shimmering with calcite crystals.
Next came the Goliath, about five million years old. Older men are so seductive, don't you think?
The snowy chandelier, which given a few million more years, will meet its soulmate rising up from below.
And finally, the natural hole where they first rappeled 120 feet down to discover the cavern about 50 years ago.
This was so cool, we plan to go back for the more extensive 'wild tour', which includes passages known as The Birth Canal and The Fat Man's Misery, and promise lots of mud and dirt!