|A rare picture of us where we both look pretty good.|
On Monday we took a rather long drive to the Chattanooga area to revisit a place we stopped at with our children 40 years ago, on a Christmas road trip between Wisconsin to Florida: Ruby Falls. As we drove that route many years ago, we saw dozens of signs to "See Ruby Falls!". There were so many signs that we felt compelled to stop. We expected it to be a really cheesy tourist trap, but were delighted by it being an interesting cave tour with a 145 foot waterfall inside a mountain.
Last week we saw a Ruby Falls sign in Murphy NC, and just had to go see it again. We were not dissapointed.
Ruby Falls is inside a cave deep in Lookout Mountain. It is a privately owned property and a commercial tourist attraction.
The cave tour starts with an elevator ride hundreds of feet down into Lookout Mountain.
Then we walked thru a narrow passage that in many places was only wide enough for one person to pass.
Like many caves, Lookout Mountain Caverns contain many calcium formations, some of which were as complex and interesting as any we have seen elsewhere.
Finally after about a half mile of walking we arrived at the falls chamber. We could hear the water, but it was completely dark. We were told there would be an eight minute light show, and when the lights came up they revealed the falls.
The lights kept changing colors from reds, blues, purple and white.
This is one of our pictures.
|image from web|
We took lots of them, butI feel none really showed the size or power of the Falls, so I have swiped one from the web.
I think this one shows the chamber quite well.
Doesn't really need colored lights does it!
Personally, spelunking is not something I would want to do, but I find well lit, guided tours of caves quite interesting.
We also went to another tourist attraction on Lookout Mountain, but I will save that for the next post.
Have you ever gone back to an attraction or special place after many years?