Happy beneath-the-earth day

Perhaps Midge and I took Earth Day a bit seriously this year.

We visited Oregon Caves Nationals Monument and spent the afternoon underground getting dripped on (euphemistically called ‘cave kisses’).

I really recommend the tour. Ranger Joe was excellent (and great with the kids) and his passion for the caves was evident. This cave is rather unique in that it is carved out of marble (only about 5% of caves are marble). They also found the oldest grizzly bear on record deep within — more than 50,000 years old.

Here are a few pics. First, the old wood lodge near the entrance.

And the entrance (a bit narrower than I expected):

And during the course of the tour I got a refresher on stalactites, mites, columns (everything I forgot long ago).

 

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