This weekend was all about resting. It's the busiest time of the year for my husband and I knew after 3 weeks of a very hectic schedule he was going to need to rest. The problem is he isn't a very good "rester". We did manage to watch movies and even squeezed in a couple of naps over the weekend but I knew that by Sunday he was going to need to do something or he'd find a project to work on. So, I suggested we go for a ride in the Jeep and try to get lost. My goal was to follow a road I've always wondered about. Where did it go? So yesterday my husband gathered up some snacks and a cooler and we took off. About halfway down the road I realized we were NOT going to get lost because he kept looking at his phone and I realized he was following his GPS app! Good grief! I explained the concept of a leisurely, relaxing, Sunday drive and convinced him to put the GPS down. We ended up roaming through 2 states. I know that sounds impressive but we probably didn't go more than 50 miles round-trip. We went down a dirt road where the lake ends and the river begins then followed it some more up river. Then kept heading east. We went down a highway I've always wondered about. That's when I saw signs for a cave.
The last time I tried to go into a cave was at Devil's Den State Park. When it gets dark and you feel the wet cave walls squeeze you it's hard not to panic. I got down to where I couldn't see the hand in front of my face and told everyone to stop and back up- I had to come out! And I did. I sat and waited for almost an hour for my kids to come out of the cave thinking what a horrible mother I was for letting my kids go in there and without me! I was beginning to pace and get nervous when I heard voices coming back out of the cave. (sigh) They made it back out. They had stories of crawling through mud on their hands and knees because the passage was so small. I was mortified!
In spite of this nervous feeling we pulled into the drive of the cave we came across yesterday.
We got out and started walking towards the steps and I saw this sign.
Before I left (which was a certainty at this point) I wanted to get a pamphlet and learn about the cave. Then as if sensing my runaway tendencies a nice young woman came out and said hello.
Here is a link to their website.
After asking her ninety six hundred questions I decided I could possibly live through a cave tour and decided to go in. Joe and I both thought she was cute and funny. We were her only customers at the time so we had a personal guided tour that took about an hour for the cost of $12 each. It was delightful!!! For starters it was lighted. I didn't have to crawl and I never felt the cave squeeze me although it did kiss me. :)
I know I'm such a geek but I am absolutely fascinated by history. This place had artifacts that were found in the cave which is how it got it's name. There were human skulls found of the bluff dwellers and they're believed to be 7,000 years old dating back to the Paleo culture. There were other artifacts as well.
I really don't want to ruin the surprises for you so I won't tell you everything about the place but I really think it is worth the trip and the admission fee. I hope all of you go check this place out. It truly is a hidden treasure. This cave was was a subterranean corridor that was beneath the ocean floor. There are still fossils embedded in the walls of the cave.
I will share a few of my pictures. It was just amazing and I can't wait to take my friends there when they come to visit! :)
So I can't encourage you all enough to go visit this place. It's a short drive North of Fayetteville between Noel, Missouri and Lanagan, Missouri. It's near all of the float businesses on the Elk River and would make a great little day trip.
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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