To complete our tour of the Black Hills, we decided we needed to see what it looked like underground. Jewel Cave National Monument is the second longest cave in the world, behind Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
There are 150 miles of cave winding around under about 3 square miles of above-ground space. According to our cave guide Ranger, based on how much air is coming out of the cave, only about 1/5 of the cave has been explored.
We started the morning with a walk above ground.
We then went underground.
The next section of our trip involved a long drive to Fort Collins, CO. Something like 6 hours. There were moments of bliss….
…and moments that were unphotographable. I’m trying to block them from my memory as I write this.
But eventually, we made it to Ft. Collins– chosen for its location, not because there was anything we particularly wanted to see there, although I am sure there is much to recommend it. We stayed at a cheap motel and were thrilled to be out of the truck.
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Little Bighorn Battlefield
Friends and family
Junior Ranger program and s’mores
Mt. Chapin and Dan turns 30
Ute Trail and Cache La Poudre
Wild Basin and Bear Lake
Breakfast, friends and going home