Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fantastic Caverns - Springfield MO

After work, we zipped up historic RTE 66 to catch the last tour at Fantastic Caverns. This is one of the most famous caves in the world, and they take you through on a jeep. The guide was very polished and they have some fun exhibits along the way. At one end there is a movie screen and they do the history of the cave. Who knew this used to be a speakeasy? The calcite features are in really good shape especially considering over 4 million people have been in the cave since 1867. There is also a saltpeter exhibit.

I did get a little uneasy about the air quality. You could see smoke in some of the lights and the lady next to me was starting to suffer respiratory problems. However, if there was enough air flow to support 600 people listening to a Buck Owens concert, I suppose there is enough air flow to support jeeps driving through pulling little wagons of tourists.

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