Thursday, September 14, 2006

Mystery Cave Field Trip

Today we went on a field trip to Forestville State Park, in southeastern Minnesota, to the Mystery Caves.

Since I didn't have my camera, you have to make do with a photo I lifted from the website. It's such an amazing place, you would think they would have more photos for someone to "borrow" for a blog, but no, just this one.

The caves were discovered in 1937 and within 7 months the landowner was charging admission! The DNR bought the caves in 1988 and have done an incredible job making the caves accessible and safe without damaging the site. They have about 13 miles of caves totally mapped out, with another 2 or 3 partially mapped, but they think there are really closer to 20 miles of pathways and openings down there underneath the ground. We want to go back with Steve, maybe camp overnight in the park, and do a longer tour. And we'll take the camera so you can actually see our smiling faces!

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