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November 1, 2009
From journal Wisconsin: The Farmers and the Dells
August 1, 2008
From journal Wisconsin Dells Revisited with the Preschoolers
Williston, North Dakota
June 19, 2005
The drive made more memories return for me: the abundance of trees, the wild phlox and asparagus growing alongside the road, and the farms with the large milking barns and silos. What a vision for me! "What's that smell?" my son asked. Ah, the smell of sillage, not necessarily a pleasant smell, but it did bring a smile to my face. The drive down was very enjoyable. The Cave of the Mounds is a National Natural Landmark. As you enter the area, the first thing you notice are the beautiful gardens. All types of native plants are planted in a relaxing outdoor setting with picnic areas, a walk-through trail, and even a "panning" area for gems that come out of the cave.
There is a main building where you get your tickets, with restrooms and a snack bar. Another building houses the gift shop and is the entrance to your tour. Tours change according to the season. In summer, they run at 15-minute intervals from 9am-6pm, although the cave is open year-round. Adults are $12, children 5-12 $6, and 4 and under free. After watching a short 7-minute video on how the cave was discovered, you're off on the tour.
Our guide was well-informed and was able to answer all our questions, but our group wasn't the brightest, not being able to answer his "pop" quiz from the video. The cave is awe-inspiring, beautiful, and just plain cool. Again, we received an pleasurable education without knowing it. I suggest, if you want something different from the tourism of the Dells, trying the cave--you won't be disappointed.
A few tips: The temperature is about 50 degrees and wet and dark, with water dripping in. Dress appropriately in a light jacket, long pants, socks, and good-soled shoes, not flip-flops. After 45 minutes, you will get cold! There were stairs to climb, but they had good handrails. Check it out -- www.caveofthemounds.com.
From journal Wisconsin Dells - Playing Like a Child
May 9, 2001
The caves were originally discovered back in 1939 when a quarry operator blasted away a piece of land and saw a gaping hole. They were stunned to find this huge underground cavern complete with huge stalactites and stalagmites. People from all over the country come to see this national landmark and you should too. There is a thirty minute video presentation that details how the caves were formed and some of the terms used to describe the formations. Once inside they guide you around and show you the huge caves. It is really an amazing natural site and well worth a little side trip. Here is a link with some pictures and directions. http://www.caveofthemounds.com/
From journal Day tip to Mount Horeb
March 23, 2001
I've visited several "show" caves, and this is the best so far. The guides are highly knowledgeable, and give a memorable hour+ tour. My favorite part of the tour was when the guide turned out all the lights to show us what dark really was....you literally can't see your own hand in front of your face!
Cave of the Mounds has a small picnic area, a nice gift shop, and is open year-round. Check out www.caveofthemounds.com for more information.
From journal Caves, Carousels and Cornish Pasties in Southern W