Friday, July 2, 2010

The underground

  Going underground is one way to beat the summer heat. So a side trip to Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, located between Butte and Bozeman, just off I-90, was a pleasure on many fronts.
  Not only did we see spectacular and colorful stalagtites and stalagmites and helictites, but we saw flying bats.
  The 2-mile-long tour takes you down through the limestone cavern, where seeping water carrying minerals has formed these strange formations over the millennia.
  And unlike some caverns - you know who you are - this one does not inundate the visitor with rules and regulations and make you feel like a prisoner. You can take pictures, and even use a flash in the areas where there are no bats. You crawl and slide through the cavern, oftentimes touching the formations out of necessity.
  All in all, a very cool experience.

1 comment:

  1. What a great underground experience. Isn't it nice when you arrive at a place where you can actually get the full on tactile experience-get muddy, feel cold underground water, instead of the sanitized versions we get at most tourist sites. Again, nice.

    By the way, the Herald ran your most recent article on the front page of Sunday's paper, the article about the amusement park and Glacier. I really liked the way you connected the seemingly separate experiences with an overarching commonality.

    Hey, you're getting more followers. :-)