Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Going Underground at Wind Cave National Park

We got to the visitor's center around 8:30 this morning, which gave us plenty of time to secure tickets for the 9:30 Fairgrounds Cave tour.  We also had time to explore the visitor's center prairie habitat exhibit before going underground - the girls learned even more about the plants and animals we explored yesterday.

The Fairgrounds Cave tour was a little over an hour and a half, which was the perfect length of time for the girls.  This tour explores areas of the cave system that have boxwork and popcorn formations, which are unique only to Wind Cave.  Boxwork is at the top of the picture below . . .
 . . . and it's easy to see the popcorn in the picture below.
 It didn't take long for Julia to wiggle her way up to the front of the line (behind the park ranger) on our tour.  She didn't want to miss a thing - and I'm sure Evelyn was also glad to be in front so she could hear everything the park ranger had to say.
Julia and Evelyn absolutely LOVED their first cave tour.  Julia just liked wandering through a cave, and Evelyn enjoyed learning about the different features and formations of this particular cave.  When the half-mile tour, with a total of 450 stairs, was over, the girls were itching to do it all over again.


k. said...

Were there any bats?

V said...

Nope. No living things in these caves. A stray cat made its way inside the cave once, and apparently the park rangers had a good ol' time trying to chase it out!