Cavern and Gold Mine Tours!

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Windy road on the way to Volcano

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.

Stalactites
  Once you reach Volcano, the road becomes a quite windy one lane maze that did wonders for occasional car sickness! LOL. 

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.

Draperies
  I was actually worried she was going to have a panic attack because she became rather vocal at one point! LOL.  It was a bit daunting at first because you are outside in the sun one minute and seconds later it's dark, cold, and you cannot really see where you are going until you get down the stairs.  Once in, the cave is easy to navigate and they have environmentally friendly platforms, steps, and bridges which help showcase the highlights of the cave without compromising the natural elements. 

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

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Windy road on the way to Volcano
Windy road on the way to Volcano
Stalactites
Stalactites
Draperies
Draperies
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As we prepare to go down into the…
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Ceiling when you first walk in th…
Interior of the initial cave walkw…
Interior of the initial cave walk…
Flowstones
Flowstones
Flowstone
Flowstone
Flowstone
Flowstone
Stalactites and Helictites
Stalactites and Helictites
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Cave walls near the pool of water…
Cave walls near the pool of water …
Cave walls near the pool of water…
Helictites
Helictites
Helictites
Helictites
Note the mineral layering of the d…
Note the mineral layering of the …
Flowstone
Flowstone
Flowstone
Flowstone
spar crystals
spar crystals
Helictites
Helictites
Draperies
Draperies
Mineral deposits and flow patterns…
Mineral deposits and flow pattern…
Helictites
Helictites
Flowstone and Stalactites
Flowstone and Stalactites
Flowstone
Flowstone
Helictites
Helictites
Helictites
Helictites
View in Landmark Room
View in Landmark Room
I believe they called this cave ba…
I believe they called this cave b…
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Stalactites
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Draperies
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Believe these are spar crystals f…
flowstone and draperies
flowstone and draperies
Volcano Sights & Attractions review
Stalactites & Stalagmites!
Black Chasm Cavern was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1976. The 50 minute walking tour ($12.95 per adult, $6.… read entire review
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