When we decided to go to Arizona to visit my mother, she immediately went into planning mode, which I don’t mind, except when I heard…
Hey kids, we are going to go explore caves while you are here.
umm come again?
I consider myself someone that is open to most adventures, except sky diving, but when my mother told me about the proposed cave idea. I was nervous.
I don’t really care for descending into a cave, as all I can think about is an earthquake hitting, and rocks crumbling all around me, and then I have to scream for help that will never come… needless to say it really makes my heart rate escalate.
So after Tombstone (which I was VERY excited about) it was time to go to this cave.
We drove to Kartchner Caverns, which is a state park of Arizona, arrived early so that allowed me to explore prior to entering the cave and also gave me a chance to calm down while I learned all about the history behind the caves.
The history behind the caves is a good one, here is the 411:
Two cavers, found a narrow crack in the bottom of a sinkhole, and then they followed the crack/air source into cave passages. They continued exploring the caves and managed to keep this a secret for 10 years and then after a bunch of legal mumba jumba, voila! we are allowed to explore the caves.
That is the very amended short story, but I am a girl that always loves a good secret, and keeping something like that a secret, is incredible to me. I am also worried I will butcher a very good story, so for the sake of ruining it…
You can read all about the history of the caves <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kartchner_Caverns_State_Park”>HERE</a>
Sadly taking pictures on the actual tour is not allowed.
There are two rooms you can visit. The Throne Room & the Big Room.
We visited the Throne Room, sadly the Big Room was going to open exactly two days after we visited, but as bats like to make a habitat in the big room from Spring to mid October it was not quite time to open the room for the public to visit
If you are able to ever go to Kartchner Caverns… Go. You will not be disappointed. I promise.
Also for those of you that are worried about earth quakes like I am… apparently if you are going to have to live through an earthquake, the best place to be is in a cave.
Imagine that, you learn something new everyday 😉
Until next time,