Monday, May 15, 2017

Natural Bridge Caverns

We regularly listen to an awesome science podcast for kids called Brains On. On a recent episode, they were talking about caves which fascinated Jackson in particular, and he decided he wanted to be a cave spelunker when he grows up. Given this newfound interest, we decided to add an excursion to the Natural Bridge Caverns on our return trip from San Antonio to College Station.

We arrived at the Caverns with a few minutes to explore before the next tour. It's a beautiful place! You could easily spend all day here doing the various activities (if your pockets are deep enough!)

We opted for the main tour that starts just below the Natural Bridge for which the place was named.

Jackson assumed his preferred place at the front near the tour guide so he could pepper her with all.the.questions. Poor girl, she had no idea what she was in for with Mr. Curious.

My iPhone pictures do not do this place justice. It was so cool! Basically you descend 180 feet (the equivalent of 18 stories) into the ground, with these amazing structures the whole way. One of the things I thought was so cool is that it's a "living" cave. Meaning water is still seeping through the limestone, so all of the stalactites and stalagmites and such are still growing, roughly at a rate of 1 inch every 100 years.

Along the way there were a few stops where we would pause so the tour guide could point things out. Every time we started walking again Benjamin would yell "YAY!" =)

The picture below was taken about 3/4 of the way back up after our ascent, which was a pretty steep climb...that I did with Benjamin on my back...and I learned the next day that I had strep throat. I am mom, hear me roar!

 Back above ground, we did a little sluicing for the boys' souvenirs. First, dump in the rough...

Then shake, shake, shake, rinse, rinse, rinse.

What did you find, Andrew?!

Lots of gemstones!

Whoa! An arrowhead!

We all enthusiastically give Natural Bridge Caverns two big thumbs up!

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