I should have been a spelunker

Trip Start May 13, 2011
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Trip End Apr 28, 2012


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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On our last day in Slovenia, we headed to the Škocjan caves.  Slovenia has two very large cave systems you can visit.  The Škocjan is the smaller one, but also less touristy so we opted for that.

There was a self guided tour of the caves and also a guided tour.  Each tour was 3km, but we opted to do them both since we all thinks caves are cool. 

Both tours did not disappoint.  We walked through huge canyons underground.  Saw waterfalls and bats.  In some of the areas the stalactites and stalagmites were huge.  The tour guide explained to the kids that the big ones are hundreds of thousands of years old because they grow so slow.  The other thing that was cool was the inside of the cave was a constant 12 C all year around.  So in the summer when it is hot outside, it is brisk inside the caves.

Another thing the guide pointed out that in November, when the rain comes, the cave system has dozens of waterfalls from the ceiling.  He said that was the best time to see the caves.  We decided that we were going to try to come back to check that out during our travels.

Slovenia really was a big hit with the family.  Between the caves, horses, lakes, mountains and ocean it has everything.  The local beer and wine are also a huge improvement to Austria.  Of course... we might have a different opinion of the place in the winter when it snows for weeks and snow chains are mandatory on all cars in the entire country! 
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