Cumberland Caverns

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we crawled a lot

This trip was very much worth the long drive. The caverns are commercialized so if you want more than just the standard walking tour but nothing too strenuous then this is definately it! Cumberland Caverns has 3 adventure options. I believe the caverns are also available for weddings and parties. There is an organ and large chandelier in the main area.  I chose to spend the night in the cave. For ONLY $35 per person (plus tax) you will check in the evening of your stay and get a walking tour and information about the cave. The tour guide will tell you the history of the cave and talk about some of it's first explorers. There is a formation that's called Moby Dick, I guess it's suppose to look like a whale. Whatever, but there is another formation behind that I like to call Mopey Dick.

mopey dick ...haha
...dirty. Anyone can do this portion of the trip. You will also pose for a complementary photo that they will give you in the morning. Only 1 free copy but you can buy extras.

Then you have to crawl thru a box that is about 11" high and 18" wide in order to continue on to the wild portion of the tour. Some of the adult males in our group were not able to fit. For the wild tour you will be given a helmet with light. You can bring your own gear if you'd like. You definately need a helmet, I don't know how many times I smacked my head because I couldn't judge how much room I had. And it's recommended that you bring a flashlight and extra batteries, but we didn't even use it during the tour. Mostly the flishlight sticking out of my back pocket would catch on rocks while I was crawling.

Devil's Backbone
I recommend bringing a small maglight that's easier to carry. Sarah and I brought up the end of the tour line. We pretty much just laughed the whole time. We crawled thru small openings, up and down ladders, and thru the mud. Some of the highlights of the tour were bubblegum alley where your shoes get stuck in the mud and the devil's backbone. It's an interesting formation of the tunnel floor that despite people walking on it everyday, still keeps its shape. Oh and bring a bottle of water.

Our tour guide, Stuart, was awsome! He did a great job, was well spoken, and animated. The employees of Cumberland Caverns are all very friendly. The overnight manager, Chris, made sure to take extra good care of us. We were the only 2 adult females in a group of 2 boy scout troops.

I'm just a big kid some times
Oh yeah, that was interesting. Only a few of the boy and fathers were checking us out. The boys did get rather annoying with all their immature comments. And I think every adult male was snoring that night. So, I'm going to add another recommendation to the gear list...ear plugs!

The caverns have  snackshop where you can buy drinks and candy and nachos. And also bags of dirt so you can pan for gems in the water. There is running water with flushing toilets in the camping area of the cavern and electrical outlets. There are also showers outside, but it was way to cold for that. In the morning you will be served a complimentary breakfast. Sarah and I traded. I had the cereal and milk. And she had the orange juice and fruit. You are not allowed to bring your own snacks in due to the cave rats, just in case they crawl in your packs.

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we crawled a lot
we crawled a lot
mopey dick ...haha
mopey dick ...haha
Devils Backbone
Devil's Backbone
Im just a big kid some times
I'm just a big kid some times
I dont know
I don't know
I know I look pissed...were waiti…
I know I look pissed...we're wait…
thousands of hand carved Austrian …
thousands of hand carved Austrian…
organ
organ
overview of the reception hall
overview of the reception hall
in the beginning
in the beginning
pool
pool
that red light marks a historic fr…
that red light marks a historic f…
Calcite...I think
Calcite...I think
view of the Boneyard
view of the Boneyard
its suppose to be a chess knight.…
it's suppose to be a chess knight…
I forget our the gap got there the…
I forget our the gap got there th…
presempting Sarah
presempting Sarah
stalagtites
stalagtites
jaws
jaws
soda straws
soda straws
lets go
let's go
B is for Bonnie -but I didnt do t…
B is for Bonnie -but I didn't do …
Friends
Friends
up the ladder
up the ladder
I didnt even post the pics that m…
I didn't even post the pics that …
bringing sexy back
bringing sexy back
finger in the hole
finger in the hole
I like this shot
I like this shot
come on up Sarah
come on up Sarah
down the ladder
down the ladder
stretch
stretch
step down
step down
it was like an obstacle course
it was like an obstacle course
climb over
climb over
taking a break for a quick pic
taking a break for a quick pic
bad pose
bad pose
silly Sarah
silly Sarah
small hole
small hole
tiny crevice
tiny crevice
Bubble Gum Alley muddy floor
Bubble Gum Alley muddy floor
watch your step
watch your step
watch your head
watch your head
Sarah on the balancebeam
Sarah on the balancebeam
Balancebeam Bonnie
Balancebeam Bonnie
thru the hole
thru the hole
Devils Backbone
Devil's Backbone
mining for gems
mining for 'gems'
what? it was fun
what? it was fun
I like playing in the dirt
I like playing in the dirt
oohh pretty rocks
oohh pretty rocks
packing up
packing up
its too early
it's too early
I am NOT a morning person
I am NOT a morning person
my breakfast
my breakfast
Sarahs Breakfast
Sarah's Breakfast
cavern entrance
cavern entrance
Cumberland Caverns
photo by: bonz137