Monday, October 02, 2006

Great Onyx...Or

just Great Marketing?
There is no onyx in any of the caves. But there is an abundance of beautiful gypsum formations. These look like flowers or sea creatures, depending on your imagination.

Misnomer aside, Mom and I liked the Great Onyx Cave the best... the tour was only 30 people as opposed to 100, and the stalactites and stalagmites were still very much intact... something quite rare for a cave that has been open to the public since the early 1800s. Cave salamanders were a nice touch:
I spotted this little guy on the wall when everyone else just walked on past :-) Because I have a radar for cute life forms. I'm seriously thinking I missed my calling as a national parks ranger.

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