A visit with Kerry, a cool underwater cave and of course an animal park
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I decided that I was going to go and visit Kerry for a weekend since I hadn't been up to see her new apartment or town yet. She is currently living in Clearfield, PA which is Amish/God's country. Not a whole lot of commercial things around there but still cool for a nice quiet scenic weekend. We decided on Saturday that we we're going to go to see Penn's Cave which is touted as America's only all water cavern. The cool thing about the place is that you tour the cave in boats; the other cool thing is that the cave stays at 52 degrees which is wonderful when you have an aversion to heat and sunlight like I do! Also part of Penn's Cave is an animal park and wildife tours, we of course decided to do both.
When we got to the cave it was packed, we had to wait an hour to take the cave tour which worked out fine because they had a big gift shop and a little cafe to have a seat in. The tour of the cave itself was really cool. There is a legend about the cave about an indian girl who fell in love with a French trapper and ran away together because they were not permitted to marry. They were later captured and the trapper was thrown into the cave where he died. The girl's name was Nitanee and supossedly that is how the Nittany mountain, Nittany valley and Penn State's Nittany Lion all got their names.
Once we had finished the cave tour we decided were scheduled to go on the wildlife tour. They put you in old school buses and take you all over the reserve to see all kinds of animals both wild and domestic.
Once we left we decided to take a different way home to see some scenic sights. The gps unit was not pleased and kept directing us to "turn around and make a legal or illegal turn". We did manage to find our way home tho without any issues!!!
The cave and animal park are about 2 1/2 to 3 hours from Pittsburgh.