Friday, March 14, 2008

Fantastic Caverns....and how fun!

This is our professional pic....Uncle Tom bought it for us and to him we say
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the memory!!



Here we gooooooooooooo.....



Molly has no idea of what is in store for her but she wants in on the action!
Our tour guide, Joe, taking us in....

E. checking out this amazing stalagmite...
This is a stalactite that they refer to as an angel wing...pretty cool!





This is the stage where the "Farmarama" used to take place

this is the spot where the ladies' group signed their names...



On Tuesday, we visited the Fantastic Caverns...America's only ride thru cavern experience. I am slightly claustrophobic and once you get past the thought that you are underground with bats and other things that I don't want to think of, it's not so bad! It was nice to ride thru it as well...we visited the Marengo Cave in southern Indiana a few years ago and you walk thru that one...so it was different to ride. Anyways, what is so cool about this cave is all of the history...you will have to visit their website if you want an extensive look into it but over the years, it has been used for many things, such as Farmarama, a weekly musical show (you can see the stage in the pic where our tour guide, Joe, looks like a ghost on a stage thingy with a big wooden "basket" on it)....and people would actually trek down into this cave, sing, dance and all that fun, crazy stuff. It was also the scene of some KKK meetings for almost 12 years, yikes. The man that discovered this particular cave kept it a secret for a few years, and would hide there during WWI. After the war, he put an ad in the paper seeking people to explore it and a group of women from the athletic club signed on to explore. In their really long dresses with their candles etc. They actually have a place where the women signed their names back in the 1860's!! The whole experience was pretty awesome...and I was also impressed that they didn't mention in our tour any millions and millions of years. He did say thousands, and that works (even though I am not in anyway saying that they aren't evolutionary at this particular cave. That I do not know)! It was neat to see just how amazing our earth is and to know that we have a Creator that paid close attention to details! I couldn't help but hum the tune to the old hymn, "How Great Thou Art"...because truly our God is Great! And that "stuff" did not JUST happen over time and with a big bang! doesn't work!

Ok, on that note, I have more to blog. We got some pix on the highway of our drive through St. Louis...and the infamous arch (nothing like risking your family's life to get a pic of a landmark, huh???) but I'll do that later because the kids want to blog! hope you are having a fantastic Friday!!

5 comments:

Hannah-Indiana said...

Yeah, we were thinking about going to that cave when we were in MO but decided to do something else. Hope you had a good time!

becky said...

What a cool learning experience for the kids...with the threat of bats, scott would never go...scary...

dmoms said...

how refreshing that evolution wasn't shoved down your throat.

I wish I could go on a road trip with my family...oh wait, we are going to san diego next week. My mom and dad's treat - just the kids and I though.

anything to get out of the rain : )

Sherry at the Zoo said...

I used to love to go caving when I was young and skinny... I did a couple of "no-lights, crawling on your belly" cave experiences, believe it or not. I just love the idea of this secret world right under our feet.

thanks for sharing! Glad you're back! Miss you guys!

Huggy Poohs!

Stickers said...

I think that sounds fun, especially since you can take babies. I would be apprehensive to take little person 3&4 with me through a walk through. Hope to see you soon???? Smooch.