Inspiration from below ground

We’re heading into winter here in the Southern Hemisphere. The days are getting shorter, cooler (I wouldn’t say ‘colder’ yet, although we have had the odd chilly day). In spite of this, my little family and I seem to be getting out and about more than we did over the warmer months!

Yesterday marked the 100 anniversary of the Marakoopa Caves first tour. To celebrate they were offering free tours, so my partner and children and I went along. The tour guides were dressed in period costume, and as we wandered through the cave the lights were periodically switched off, to be replaced by small battery operated candle lights – given to the children in the group – to give us an idea of what those first tourists would have seen. ย Little compared to what our modern electric lights can reveal. My kids loved it – the little electric candles, the glow worms, the tiny crystals in the rock the reflected light from our guides torch. My daughter loved the stream or “river” as she called it, and it certainly sounded loud enough – I thought there was a waterfall ahead from the roar the water made as it travelled through the cave. Even the utter pitch blackness of the dark, as we stood a moment, failing in our struggle to see our hands in front of our faces did not scare them as I thought it might.

During the free tour we were not permitted to take photos (although if you go along at any other time you may), so here is a link to some photos of what we saw:ย

And I have come away with more ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚


And before I forget – I want to say Thank You and Welcome to my newest followers! I hope I can continue to provide interesting posts for you all! ๐Ÿ˜€

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