A visit with Kerry, a cool underwater cave and of course an animal park

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Clearfield, PA

     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.

Clearfield sunset...kinda
  Of course before we started I spotted a buffalo with a really horrible limp (like bearing no weight on his front leg) and of course I had to tell the driver who then called it into the vet. Kerry thinks I'm a nerd when these things happen but in reality I much prefer animals to humans so it's only natural, lol.  Anyway, when we were leaving the vets had the buffalo in a pen and were looking at him, I'm choosing to believe that he just had a bad sprain and would be fine.  After that drama we moved throughout the park, our driver/guide was great. He and his wife and sister all worked at the complex and had just moved back to PA from California. We saw some bears, long horn steer, wolves that would run alongside the fence trying to chase the guide, some really cute cats (I can't remember what kind they were) they had been hand raised from kittens and the boy loved to play with everything...keys, shoes, legs, etc.

     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.

 

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Clearfield, PA
Clearfield, PA
Clearfield sunset...kinda
Clearfield sunset...kinda
How damn cute!!
How damn cute!!
The biggest bag I have ever seen, …
The biggest bag I have ever seen,…
The old hotel
The old hotel
Heading down to the cave
Heading down to the cave
Inside the cave
Inside the cave
heding out the backside of the cave
heding out the backside of the cave
onto the man made lake
onto the man made lake
The wildlife bus and the Elk getti…
The wildlife bus and the Elk gett…
Swans
Swans
Heading back inside
Heading back inside
Outside the cave
Outside the cave
Buffalo
Buffalo
Abig stag on the hill
Abig stag on the hill
One of the herd of white deer
One of the herd of white deer
Elk
Elk
One of the wolves after he chased …
One of the wolves after he chased…
Long horn cattle
Long horn cattle
The playful kitty!
The playful kitty!
His not so playful sister
His not so playful sister
Buffalo on the way out.
Buffalo on the way out.
A baby bunny in Kerrys yard :)
A baby bunny in Kerry's yard :)
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