The Lost World Caverns

(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.

The war club, where Bob Addis set a Guinness record for stalagmite sitting by sitting on top of this thing for 15 days, 23 hours, and 22 minutes.

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!

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Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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13 Responses to The Lost World Caverns

  1. LeendaDLL says:

    there's a world record for stalagmite sitting?!?did you see CrankyPants' posts of the Stalagtit?

  2. Emjay says:

    Beautiful photos. Reminds me of Luray Caverns. Only a man would attempt to sit on a stalagmite to set some record!!

  3. Purplesque says:

    Lmao, That is priceless..now I'm jealous! We saw no single perkies, but there were a couple of stiff ones in sight.

  4. crankypants says:

    LOL @ Leenda…I wouldn't think they'd allow that!
    cool pics, they turned out a lot better than mine @ Carlsbad!
    Where is this located, Lost World?

  5. Purplesque says:

    In Lewisburg, West Virginia..now I really want to go to Carlsbad, more so after seeing that pic!

  6. that's so funny how you guys named them so accurately. my favorite is the baba yaga's hut 🙂 as with emjay, this reminds me of the time i went to luray caverns. i need to come down and visit that part of the world again!

  7. Purplesque says:

    Lol..we Only named Baba Yaga's hut; all others had been named already. I love caves and rocks and all things old..Luray is next on the list!

  8. You could just go into the ground, wander around on your own and take pix? Amazing.The pictures are breathtaking — and impossible to imagine– I can see them ,but can't really get the vision into my head– it's just so foreign, like Mars or something — (never been in a cave) – I'll bet there were scents and sounds, too, that were incredible…your pictures and captions arePEREFECT!!I'll stop back later to look at each one. thank you for posting these!!

  9. Purplesque says:

    🙂 How did I forget to mention that..there's a constant backdrop of dripping water, flowing water, water you can't see, but its always there..beautiful but scary at the same time. And the scent of earth and rock and water…very nice.

  10. Brown Suga' says:

    This is great! You're right about Baba Yaga's hut. Where is this located?

  11. Purplesque says:

    In Lewisburg, West Virginia..east-ish US.

  12. Water! Wow– the sounds must have been eerily enchanting….Rocks– so many wonderful colors and textures! Thanks for sharing these pix– fascinating!

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