Monday, May 17, 2010

Killing Time in Northern Alabama

So the title sounds as if we are bored out our minds, but the truth is anything but. We went to a state park and found this marker. We actually walked along part of the original route of the Trail of Tears, a fact with both thrilled the history buff in me, and made my inner empath tremble. What a sorrowful tale. Finally, a good picture of the two of us. I recently purchased a tri-pod and feel like a (semi) pro photographer.
This is the view from the top of one of the peaks near the Smokey Mountains...
...and this is the view underneath. This is called Cathedral Caverns. Parts of the cave are so enourmous that you can fit a 10-story building within it. Amazing. There is an underground river and crystals everywhere. It is lit with artificial light and the tour includes a moment when the guide turns all of the lights out so that we could experience total darkness. If you have never experienced this I would totally recommend it-it is quite a sensation to be competely devoid of sight.
Our view as we ascend from the belly into the mouth of the cavern. Pretty cool huh?

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