After Grandfather Mountain, we drove on to Linville to eat a late lunch at Famous Louise's Restaurant. It was 2:00. I highly recommend not making the male species wait so long to eat. They were getting grouchy. After lunch we drove over to the Linville Caverns.
It is so nice in the caves because they stay a constant temperature all year around. It was fifty-something degrees in there, which was extremely nice after what we had endured on the swinging bridge.
Here we have a bat in hibernation on the cave roof. Creepy, yes, but the tour guide promised that the little guy wasn't going anywhere. He said in the next few weeks, hundreds of them will be in there.
He had cute names for all of the formations that he showed us. The kids did really well not touching the walls. They ask you not to because our salt defers the natural formations of the cave.
When he turned out the lights, the boys were all brave in the complete and total darkness. You can't even see your hand in front of your face. There are only two places in the world where you can experience complete darkness. The deepest part of the ocean and in this cave. We were told about the two men whose lantern went out and finally, two days later found their way out by following the water flowing downstream.
They only suffered minor cuts and bruises, although, the guy whose fault it was for dropping the lantern had two black eyes and a broken nose. Yep, I told you the guy was funny!
This one had no name. It was simply... cave snot.
This was an area where you are standing over water that is over 200 feet deep. They have never had anything touch the bottom. Also, it is okay to touch the walls here.