On Presidents' Day Weekend we took a road trip the Ozark National Forest in neighboring Arkansas. We took a head lamp tour of Blanchard Springs Cavern--about an hour underground. We saw some great stalactites, stalagmites, columns, cave coral, terraces, curtains… and bats. After the tour we spent a couple of hours hiking a trail from Blanchard Springs to Mirror Lake. The weather was outrageously great for February and the rain held off.
Suited up for the head lamp tour of Blanchard Springs Cavern.
Descending into the cavern.
A remarkable calcite formation.
Pablo and Angela checking out a hibernating brown bat. He wasn't the least bit bothered by us.
A hibernating brown bat. There were a bunch of these bats hanging around, hibernating and not at all bothered by our presence.
The Titans formation in the Ghost Room.
Some representative formations. Stalactites, stalagmites, and colums.
Some representative formations. Stalactites, stalagmites, colums, and some small terraces.
Ana, Angela, and Pablo @ Blanchards Springs. Putting out 7000 gallons per minutes, year round, so I'm told.
Kendall @ Blanchard Springs.
Pablo and Angela climbing up a falls on the Bluff Trail Hike @ Blanchard Springs.
Claudia and Ana on the Bluff Trail Hike.
This colorful centipede was out during an unseasonably warm winter's day.
Pablo and Angela at Mirror Lake. This remarkable blue-green lake is mostly fed by Blanchard Spring waters.
Pablo fording the river below Mirror Lake.
Angela at behind the Mirror Lake dam.