Blanchard Springs Cavern & the Ozark National Forest
February 18, 2012
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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.
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Suited up for the head lamp tour of Blanchard Springs Cavern.


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Descending into the cavern.


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A remarkable calcite formation.


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Pablo and Angela checking out a hibernating brown bat. He wasn't the least bit bothered by us.


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A hibernating brown bat. There were a bunch of these bats hanging around, hibernating and not at all bothered by our presence.


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The Titans formation in the Ghost Room.


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Explorers.


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A waterfall formation.


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Our happy crew.


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Some representative formations. Stalactites, stalagmites, and colums.


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Some representative formations. Stalactites, stalagmites, colums, and some small terraces.


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Ana, Angela, and Pablo @ Blanchards Springs. Putting out 7000 gallons per minutes, year round, so I'm told.


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Kendall @ Blanchard Springs.


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Ana checking things out.


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Pablo and Angela climbing up a falls on the Bluff Trail Hike @ Blanchard Springs.


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Claudia and Ana on the Bluff Trail Hike.


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This colorful centipede was out during an unseasonably warm winter's day.


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Pablo and Angela at Mirror Lake. This remarkable blue-green lake is mostly fed by Blanchard Spring waters.


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Pablo fording the river below Mirror Lake.


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Angela at behind the Mirror Lake dam.


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