July 23, 2015--We spent last night in Elizabethtown, Ky., about two hours from Bloomington. So, we had plenty of time to see at least one sight. We decided to visit Squire Boone Caverns in Southern Indiana, not too far from Corydon, the state’s first capital.
I had taken my kids to Squire Boone Caverns in the late 1970s. Back then, it was a new commercial cave and when we took the tour, I remember that our tour group consisted of the three of us and perhaps one or two others. The only building, back then, was the cabin where tickets and t-shirts were sold.
Today, Squire Boone Caverns is part of a group of four different commercial caverns in Southern Indiana. And the original building where we bought tickets is now part of a “village” of cabins that house a soap shop, a candle-making shop, a sweets shop, a rock shop and a grist mill.
Before we turned off the highway to drive to the caverns, I called to make sure it could accommodate our motorhome and towed car. The woman said yes, although we might want to park in the lower area and walk up the hill.
|Decending 75 steps into Squire Boone Caverns|
|A cave formation|
|Columns and pipe straws|
|Your Reluctant RoVer viewing the underground waterfall|
|Another view of the underground waterfall|
Well, we drove the several miles of country lanes and finally reached the attraction. We had to stop short: To get to the parking lot, we had to cross a very narrow bridge over a running stream. It was extremely doubtful we could traverse that bridge with toad.
So we unhitched so that Jim could turn Junior around. We thought once we unhitched, we could leave Junior parked on the side of the road. Then we saw the sign: no parking.
About that time, two employees came out to help us. They assured us that bigger buses than our could cross the bridge. Jim decided to trust their judgment. He made it and parked in a field. We drove up the hill in the car.
I still like Squire Boone Caverns better than the other caves we’ve seen, perhaps because of the underground river and waterfalls. The only think I don’t like is the 75 steps down (and up) that you have to climb. Jim liked the cave, but thought that the Sonora Caves in Texas were prettier.
With the cave tour finished, we headed to Bloomington. We are camping at Lake Monroe. It is so much cooler here than in Florida! And real grass grows on the ground!
It’s nice to be home again.
Your Reluctant RoVer,