Highway signs have dotted our region for decades, but this was a first-time experience for all of us. We didn't really know what to expect but were willing to venture below the earth anyway.
Aidyn in the gift shop
Aidyn and me
The entrance to the Moaning Cavern sits inside the gift shop where narrow, steep stairs descend between craggy rocks. Soon enough, spelunkers reach a iron spiral staircase that reaches 165 feet into the cavern.
Aidyn, bravely descending the stairs
Aidyn and David, with Grandma trailing behind
My courageous boy
Aidyn and I, down the spiral staircase
Aidyn, me, and Grandma
Once we reached the bottom, it was astounding how far below the surface we were. There were interesting rock formations with funny names (like the Chocolate Waterfalls).
David snapped this picture while I was in awe of the depth
This is what I saw
Safe and sound at the bottom
This is the bottom of the cavern entrance where our tour guide explained that prehistoric people reached the bottom in only 7 seconds... (bones on display in a glass case by the gift shop)
Barely noticeable, this pool of water creates a moaning echo each time a drop of water falls in it
Aidyn is excited to return for zip-lining, which was closed while we were there. When he's 12, he wants to try rappelling into the cavern, but that looked terrifying from our side!
All in all, not a bad first day of school although atypical. : )