Cavern and Gold Mine Tours!
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Still being new in town, I wanted to check out some of the lesser known areas near Sacramento and one of my co-workers suggested visiting some of the caves/caverns in the area that offer tours! WHAT?!?! I had no idea such a thing existed near here!! I thought this would be an awesome way to spend the day so I went online and did some research on which ones interested me the most and decided on the Black Chasm Cavern in Volcano and the Sutter Gold Mine Tour which would be on the way back home.
We got an early start and after a few wrong turns, we were finally in Volcano in about 2 hours! Although we were a bit behind schedule, the views as we passed through parts of Amador County were worth it. We basically followed the Sutter River down and some of the homes that are on the banks are beautiful.
Black Chasm Cavern
We arrived just in time for the next tour that was leaving. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but the website said we'd see stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and a variety of helictite, which is what this cavern is famous for! Helictites are basically small stalactites that eventually grow in different directions, almost defying gravity. They actually remind me of some of Chihuly's glass pieces! LOL
As you might expect with a cave, it was rather chilly once we got down into the main pathway. You descend a pretty steep set of steps and one of the women was a bit nervous and wanted to hang back but her husband finally talked her into getting down the stairs.
The guide we had was great at explaining all the different formations and this was incredible to see them in person. The tour takes about 50 minutes to complete and it definitely worth it! I wish it had been longer though - there are parts of the cave that are not part of the tour where photographers and researchers get to visit. Gotta work on that somehow! LOL