Monday, April 5, 2010

Black Chasm Cavern

We decided to go to Black Chasm Cavern today since the girls had the day off still. It was a really cool thing to go see. The girls thought it was pretty neat to climb down into the cavern. We were able to see a wide variety of formations including stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and the vast arrays of rare helictite crystals, for which Black Chasm Cavern is famous for. We will defently be doing this again. After the caverns we stopped by Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. It is a 135 acre park that preserves a large outcropping of marbleized limestone, where local Indians havested acorns. This resutled in the development of over 1,185 mortar holes, the largest collection of bedrock mortar holes in North America. There is a Miwok village, complete with a roundhouse, bark houses, and acorn granaries, that were reconstructed. It was neat to see how the native Americans in the area lived. It even snowed on us a little. What a great day.

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