Photos by me, Laura, and Natalie
So yeah, I didn't actually go spelunking. But, I did take a tour of Skyline Caverns...so close enough :p I would love to go spelunking for real sometime though--it sounds super fun! Even the word is just fun to say... Anyways, yes we went on a tour of Skyline Caverns today! And, for me at least, it was the highlight of the trip! The cave was just so beautiful! I don't think words or the terrible pictures I took do it justice! I wish the tour wasn't so short...even though it was an hour long. I could have spent all day in that cave! Preferably with a better camera.
The stories of the cave were really interesting as well. The cave wasn't just discovered accidentally, Walter S. Amos was commissioned to find a cave that would bring in more tourists once Skyline Drive opened up. When he finally found the cave that eventually became Skyline Caverns, he also discovered rooms full of anthodite crystals! As I've said before it's beautiful--there have even been a lot of weddings inside! And of course I thought, Wow, it would be super cool to get married in this cave! Oh, another cool fact is that there's one stalactite that the public is allowed to touch and, at least according to the tour guide, it has been touched by Clint Eastwood, Bing Crosby, and Stephen King! Pretty cool, right :)
Anyways, after exploring Skyline Caverns we drove for a very long time on Skyline Drive--which was, of course, beautiful--and we stopped briefly to hike to Dark Hollow Falls. Isn't that the coolest name? My dad originally wanted to hike 6 miles, lowered it to 3, and then finally to a little over a mile. I love hiking, but he hikes like he's in a race...and I like to stop look at everything! I'm so glad we only hiked a mile because even after that we were all so tired! But, it was a gorgeous waterfall :)
Soooo sad it's my last day here! I really don't want to go back to school! But, I guess I've only got a few more weeks left. Which means I really gotta start applying for a summer job...
Well, I hope your day is fantastic! And visit Lipgloss and Crayons for #YOLOMONDAYS linkup!