Caverns of Sonora to finish vacation

"Morning Brew" Fort Davis, 2016
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“Morning Brew” Fort Davis, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

Today was the final day of our road-trip out to the Big Bend area of Texas. At the semi-last-minute, we decided to visit the Caverns of Sonora, which were on the way home. But first, it was a 3-hour drive to get there… 🚗 Grey clouds and no sky, but no traffic!

"Low Clouds" Alpine, 2016
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“Low Clouds” Alpine, 2016

We read some really good reviews at Trip Advisor so we were confident that it would be worth our while, and I’m happy to report that it was a really cool activity! We took the regular tour, which lasted a good hour and 45 minutes, and learned a lot about the history of the cave and the cavers who explored the caverns. Those explorers were very brave, and also very crazy!

"Descent" Sonora, 2016
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“Descent” Sonora, 2016

Our guide, a self-described cave nerd, had a genuine enthusiasm about the caverns, and had plenty of stories for us. Good stuff!

"In Water" Sonora, 2016
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“In Water” Sonora, 2016

The caverns and the rock and mineral formations were incredible, and we saw some types that we didn’t see at Carlsbad Caverns, or perhaps they simply weren’t pointed out to us there. What I thought was most amazing were the super-long soda-straw stalactites. I don’t remember seeing anything like that before at the caves we visited previously. (sorry, no pic of these)

"Coral" Sonora, 2016
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“Coral” Sonora, 2016

After visiting the caverns, we ate an early dinner before hitting the road again for the final 3-hour drive back home. We arrived safely, not too late (8:30 PM), and now it’s time to relax and catch up with the cats. 🐱

It was another memorable Thanksgiving road-trip, and I’m already looking forward to our next one… but where will we go? 😜

"Big Miles" Texas, 2016
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“Big Miles” Texas, 2016

I hope you had a nice Saturday!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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