28 Jan 2013--Hi everyone! It's been awhile, but finally went and did something worth a post, so here we are again. This past Friday Cathy, Hallie and I took a ride out to Boerne, TX, about an hour west od San Antonio, to see this "Cave Without a Name", that after all these years none of us had seen before.
About all I remember of the hour long tour of the cave was that it was discovered about 1920, had been used during Prohibition to cook and bootleg moonshine, was privately purchased in 1938 and then opened to the paying public in 1939. It is still privately owned, which is a little surprising to me...I usually think of things like this being owned/operated by the state or federal governments, but at least not in the case.
We had to descend these stairs...you will have to blow up the picture to see it better, but sorta creepy! Especially in that the guide was pointing out the tiny bats along the ceilings and walls that we actually had to duck under to make sure they didn't get in our hair. The sort of gray/silver one in the 3rd pic here is actually an "old bat"...I guess they go gray just like we do, or at least this species of bat does.
The whole tour only took about an hour, so the cave isn't massive by any means, but there really are some pretty incredible and beautiful formations. You really have to click on the pictures and blow them up to see what it looks like better than these small pics...I think you'll like them if you do! I have interspersed some pics of us in here, too...I like pics with people in them the best usually, although I do have to point out that the 3 of us are starting to look as old as some of our surroundings! haha
This very 1st one here looks like massive, prehistoric jellyfish to me. And the pics at the bottom of this grouping show a multi-level pooling of water leading away from the walls...very, very pretty!
The guide was pretty good at pointing out some of these formations and what they look, but he went so fast at times I couldn't keep up. The few I caught are pretty cool...the 1st one here looks like an ice cream cone, followed by grapes.
In this one we have Mary holding the baby Jesus on the left, with the 3 wise men to the right of her, and Joseph above them carrying the lamb. Do you see it? Blow it up and you can see better.
How about a creepy mushroom, growing 20,000 leagues under the sea!? Cool, huh?
And on the left here is an owl, followed by bacon strips!
Well, that was short, but sweet. Cathy and I are hoping to hit the road maybe in mid-February for a short 4 week or so trip to west Texas and east New Mexico maybe, so stay tuned!