This weekend we did something a little different than usual… we explored a cave! We headed to the Natural Bridge Caverns, which is just outside of San Antonio and about a 45 minute drive or so away from Austin. 

Can you believe I’ve never been to a cave before? We never went when I was in school. I am such a nerd about rocks (I used to want a rock tumbler so bad when I was younger) so it was right up my ally. 

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Anyways, we opted for the tour that was about an hour long and we went under the ground by more than 100 feet! One of the coolest (and most incredible) facts that we learned was that stalagmites grow one cubic inch per 100 years. That’s about the size of an ice cube!


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When you look at the formations in the cave, it’s amazing to think how many years it took for everything to form. And on top of that, there are a lot of different types of formations that occur in the cave, based on how the water flows (i.e., drips vs. if it simply trickles down the side of the wall)… and it’s amazing how they are all created from the same thing, but look so different. 

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This cave was founded back in the 1960s and since then, they have opened it up for tours. However, when it was initially being discovered, one of the explorers accidentally brought in a spore from a plant and wah-lah…

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The cave is now home to a fern! It can survive with all the artificial light provided for the tours. 

Overall, we thought it was pretty fun and a different way to spend our day. Not to get corny, but sometimes it’s easy to forget how amazing nature truly is… and seeing something like this is a great reminder of how incredible Mother Nature can be if we just let her do her thing. 

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Have you ever toured a cave? What did you think?

Is there anything that you “nerd” out about? 



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