2023 Spring Camping Trip: Day Thirteen

On Thursday, my daughter-in-law Janet took the day off and we all trekked down to Georgetown, Texas to visit Inner Space Caverns. She hadn’t bee there yet, and as a kid, I always loved visiting places like this.

The caverns were discovered in 1963 while excavation in the area for Interstate 35 was taking place. They did a test core drilling and found these below. In fact, you can still see where the original hole was when taking the tour. Thankfully, there’s been a new entrance created so getting into the cavern is easy. It’s about a mile walk round-trip and not terribly hard. The basic tour is $22.95 per adult. My 2-year-old granddaughter was free.

The tour guide told us all about the basic formations in the cavern and pointed out many things along the way. Unfortunately, my granddaughter wanted a snack and you can’t eat or drink in the cavern. I think she was also a little scared being inside the cavern for the first time. With it being a tour, we couldn’t just cut it short and leave. We took turns holding her, trying to calm her down. I suspect the tour wasn’t great for the people with us. As soon as we were above ground again and she had a snack in the eating area here, she was happy.

I think the tour was worth it, even if we didn’t get as much out of it as we could have. We apologized to everyone for her crying, but there was really nothing we could do since we weren’t allowed to leave the tour. There was also an earthcache geocache here, so I found that. We babysat Lily that night so her mother could have a well-deserved night out with friends. All-in-all it was a good day.

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  1. Caves are interesting. I dated a guy in HS who was a spelunker – took me to a cave and it was a little spooky since it didn’t have lights or a well defined path. All we had were a couple of carbide headlamps and some flashlights. I remember when we managed to get back we were covered in mud! It was nothing like Mammoth Cave that I toured (the 4 hour hike) with my family on a vacation…

  2. I visited the inner space cavern once but it was a long time ago, when I was young, I think 34 years ago. I think the most interesting cave to visit is the Carlsbad cavern in New Mexico. Natural Bridge caverns here in Texas are pretty good too. We took the kids there many times.

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