Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
59Trip End Dec 31, 2010
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Work had to be done, but we didn't want to dilly-dally too long. We had an adventure scheduled for that afternoon! Our hotel Thursday night was called Howe Caverns Motel, located on the estate of, you might imagine, Howe Caverns.
What a treat, that the motel closest to our school and the cheapest around also boasted a tourist attraction we could enjoy! If you've been following our blogs much the past year and a half, you might realize that we've frequented quite a few cave tours. Talking Rocks Cavern in Missouri, Crystal Cave in Pennsylvania, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, and now Howe Caverns in upstate New York. Each one has had something unique to offer. Howe Caverns boasts an underground river, and a boat ride down a section of that river
Let me back up.
When we arrived, we found ourselves ten minutes before the next tour. That sounded like great timing! We were about to depart with that group when Kelsey had a brilliant idea. The facility's cafeteria was closing at 4:00, and our 2:30 tour was going to last about 80 minutes. That left little to no time afterward to get dinner. We didn't have a microwave in the room, and the next restaurant was a few miles away. By postponing our tour to the next one, we could get some cold sandwiches to go, save them, and eat them later in the evening. So that's exactly what we did.
The next tour was only twenty minutes later, so we browsed the gift shop for a short while and made a squished penny souvenir (I've been collecting for years). When our tour was called, we realized that we had our own private tour! It was just the two of us heading down into the cave with Chaz, our tour guide.
Chaz was a young man about our age. He'd been working there for four years now. He wasn't feeling very well this particular afternoon, so I think he was glad that it was just the two of us. And, since we had been to a few caves recently, we had heard all the basic cave facts and terminology. So he could spare us and save his strength :)
We just had a fun time with Chaz as we walked through the cave. It's not quite like "you've seen one cave, you've seen them all." Each is unique. The sound of the flowing river made for a peaceful ambiance that gently cut through the otherwise subterranean silence of the cavern.
It was a neat experience. How fortunate it was to not have to go out of our way!