Thursday, February 23, 2012

Crystal Grottos

My nature writing book group had just finished discussing Barbara Hurd’s book Entering the Stone when someone suggested we explore a cave. We all agreed that we were not up for crawling around in the muck and mud like Barbara but something more commercial with lights like Crystal Grottos near Boonsboro, Maryland was chosen.

We met outside in front of the small entrance. The cave was discovered in 1920 when State Route 34 was being paved and they needed to quarry for limestone. A drill bit disappeared into a hole, and the road crew realized that had found a cave. Later they blasted an opening into the cave.

Flow stone and stalactites are abundant. Isn't it just amazing what can be right under your feet. I find geology to be one of the hardest disciplines to learn as an amateur naturalist but it sure is exciting to see. You can't help but leave such a place of wonder with a head full of thoughts and questions.

1 comment:

Ellen Rathbone said...

I think you summed it up beautifully. I, too, find geology to be something that just WILL NOT stick in my mind, but ever since I was a kid, I've loved rocks and have quite a collection.