Friday, August 28, 2009

Minnetonka Cave

Ray and Reva took us to Minnetonka Caves one day while we were in Preston. It was a nice change from the hot weather since it is always 42 degrees in the cave, although a little strange to be carrying a jacket to the entrance of the cave...

First we passed some time waiting for our tour to begin. We began with watching the nearby chipmunks. A woman was feeding them seeds.And this one obviously had an itch.Next, because Steve is Steve, he made a friend. I swear, if there is a dog within sight Steve will make friends with it.But I have to admit, the little guy was pretty stinking cute.
After a few minutes we made our way to the cave; the surrounding scenery was beautiful.The entrance to the cave.The hike included lots of neat structures and 896 stairs! Here are just a few.I honestly don't remember what this is, but it looks neat!In the front of this picture sit the seven dwarfs. Behind them sit the three sisters.The one formation in the cave you can touch because it's already stopped growing.Some of the structures in the cave look a little piecemeal... because they are! At one point someone came into the cave and broke most of the structures, so they had to find all the pieces and cement the columns back together. As a result, this is in the vandalism room in the cave.I believe this was called cave coral.And these were the little stalactites that the tour guide described as straws. He said that if you could see inside them that they are even hollow!I don't remember what this was called, but it looks cool. I do remember it had something to do with the formations looking like stacks of gold coins.
Cave bacon! Mmm mmmm!For those of you who are Muppets fans like myself, this structure is Kermit's Castle!This collection of stalactites was located in the wedding room and had a woman playing the organ in it.And here are the bride and groom. Apparently they will finally be married when they connect one day. Talk about a long engagement! This makes the 14 year engagement of Miss Adalaide and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls seem like a breeze!Thanks Ray and Reva for a fun day! Each time we're in Preston I get to go to so many new neat places!

1 comment:

  1. Great post and pics...all I can say is that first little critter such makes something else itch....say something like a trigger finger from 150 yards out with some little 'ol air rifle or something!

    Just kidding Nicole, I only shoot paper ones! Great to see you had fun!