Wednesday, December 12, 2018

More Blanchard Springs

One of my distant cousins, Hugh Shell, helped discover what was then called Discovery Cave, and here's what those discoverers saw:
"We could see some of the stalagmites dimly . . . End to end, [the big room was] about a half-mile walk, but the most spectacular half mile I've ever seen. What impressed us most was the overwhelming size of the rooms and the decorations, which are unparalleled. To this day, Blanchard Caverns stands out for the sheer volume of formations and the sizes of the stalactites and stalagmites."
I've been on the tour there several times, and that cave never ceases to amaze me.



At 12:47 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

In Virginia, we have Luray Caverns, a popular tour site that includes a funny stone formation that looks a heck of a lot like eggs sunny-side up. Alas, tourists are affecting the cave in various ways: kids with itchy fingers snap off tiny stalactites, which took centuries to form, and according to the tour information, the very presence of human beings affects the stone because people breathe out carbon dioxide and exude a certain level of humidity. Still, I'm glad the caverns remain open for tourism. Discovery Cave looks just as fascinating.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I've begun to realize that Discovery Cave and Blanchard Springs Caverns are two distinct caves, but with some link between the two.

Jeffery Hodges

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