Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lehman's Cave

With it being fall break and all, my mom decided to organize a bit of an adventure!  We meant to visit Lehman's Cave in the summer, but we figured that late is better than not at all.

We left before noon to make the long drive to good old Nevada!  We made it there in perfect timing to eat our picnic and mentally prepare for the awesome tour ahead of us, which started with this ominous tunnel that smelled really good...

The cave was beautiful!  I had been there years and years ago.  Actually just years, I think it was 2011 when I last visited.  But I had forgotten how amazing it is!  It is actually humbling in a way.  It is crazy to think that it took millions of years to form such a phenomenon that one wouldn't even know existed had good old Lehman not discovered it in the late 1800s.

The more I thought about it, the more I decided that it is kind of a shame that it had been discovered at all, in a way.  Things are destroyed by humans, even if we don't mean any harm.  It was super depressing to see all of the stalactites that had been broken off as souvenirs back in the day, or all the writing on the walls (though it is cool that all of them are dated before the 1920s).  Not to mention, everything in there reacts to our grimy, oily fingers, and not everyone is courteous enough to just not touch...

But nonetheless, it felt like a great privilege to see such a thing!  We had a great tour guide who told us all sorts of interesting facts and who was able to answer all of our questions.  We got to spend about an hour and a half down in the caves, which was plenty enough time to make the visit worth the long drive!

Awkward sister picture.  I was glad sweet Amy could join us!

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