Sunday, July 25, 2010

Vacation-visiting down under

No, not Australia, even tho I would love to go there.I'm talking about visiting Blanchard Springs Caverns in northern Arkansas. What's that? You've never heard of it before. That's not surprising. We were told they don't have an advertising budget so I'm advertising for them.We visited here when I was a teenager. I'm glad I had the opportunity to come back.

We went down over 250 feet to a wonderful cool, constant 57 degrees. This felt wonderful considering it was 96 plus degrees above. They have two, actually three tours you can take. This one is about an hour long. We saw all kinds of stalactites and stalagmites. There were also a few bats flying around.Afterward we drove down to where the actual springs flows from the cave. The actual springs. They were so pretty and so loud. Hard to believe so many years ago the caverns were filled with water.This is Sylamore creek. I also visited here as a child. The water is crystal clear and cold as ice. We didn't venture in even tho it was so hot outside.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. If you ever find yourself in northern Arkansas, check it out. Tickets were only 10.00 which we thought was well worth it.


30 comments:

Mildred said...

What a beautiful place! I've never been to Arkansas. I bet that cool temp did feel good on these super hot days we've been having. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing with us.

Mildred said...

What a beautiful place! I've never been to Arkansas. I bet that cool temp did feel good on these super hot days we've been having. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing with us.

Dorothy said...

Susie you did a great job with your advertisment for Blanchard Springs. We've been near there but decided not to go 'down under'! Beautiful pictures!

Rosey said...

I have driven through Arkansas ONCE many years ago. I wish we could have stopped at these cool caves. All I remember were the vasta amounts of Walmart trucks everywhere. :0

A cave seems like a good place to visit in the summer. Nice and refreshing!

Milah said...

Very intersting....my family took us to Mammoth Cave when I was a child....and we took our kids when they were little. It's all very interesting.

George said...

We usually get to Arkansas about once a year, but not to northern Arkansas. I'm not sure where Blanchard Springs Cavern is located, but it certainly looks worth a visit. You've done a fine job of advertising for them -- your pictures are wonderful.

Deb said...

Susie..what fun photos..looks like a cool place to visit...

Meadowview Thymes said...

Susie--guess what?? I have been there! Many, many years ago we took a trip there one summer and camped. We swam in the river and toured the caverns--I think I still have a picture or two. Haven't thought about this place in a long time....good memories! Glad you had fun!

Jacquie said...

We LOVED Blanchard Caverns. It is so interesting and amazingly beautiful. (Did you see the ship??)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Susie, I have been in that area of Arkansas a little -before I met George. We used to vacation at Fairfield Bay (not far from Clinton)... I've been by Blanchard Springs Caverns--but have never been in them... Looks like I need to take George UP that way when we visit Arkansas. We love Arkansas --and I'd live there in a heartbeat---at least on Mt. Nebo!!!!!

Thanks for the gorgeous pictures... I love the cave--but I also love seeing the springs. Amazing!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

That really looks like an neat place. My oldest daughter would love seeing inside the caves. It seems like a perfect place to explore and spend the day.

kanak7 said...

Wow, Susie! Thanks for taking us on this magical tour! I've never been inside a cave...not anything like this. The water looks very tempting. Loved the photo of the spring gushing out of the cave!

Have a great week!

Darla said...

I visited a cavern when I was young, don't think I could do it now, a little on the claustrophic side in my older age. It beautiful Susie, thanks for taking us along...that water does look inviting.

Jen said...

Great pictures Susie.
We use to do a lot of spelunking - a great way to cool off in the hot summer months.

Daisy said...

Hi Susie! This looks like a wonderful place to visit. I bet it was pretty down in the caves. Isn't it amazing how so much beauty can be underground that we never see or think of? Great pictures!

Rose said...

This looks so pretty, Susie! I've never heard of Blanchard Springs Caverns, but I have been to Meramac Caverns in Missouri. Such an interesting sight, knowing all these cool formations are millions of years old. This is the perfect way to vacation in this heat!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Susie, I love caves. There aren't many in this area, a few in Wisconsin. Your Blanchard Springs Caverns are awesome! I could spend an entire day or maybe a week in that one room studying those formations.
Marnie

The Japanese Redneck said...

Sounds like a great place to go. Glad you enjoyed it.

A Girl & Her Garden said...

Welcome to Arkansas! Glad you had a good time -- hope the heat and humidity wasn't too bad during your visit!!

perennialgardener said...

Gorgeous natural wonder! It looks so cool & inviting in that cave too... With the heat we've been getting I would love a trip there. ;)

KathyB. said...

Susie, I really did think when I read the title I would find you in Australia! But you really were down UNDER, and it is beautiful. The creek looks inviting. I did enjoy the tour, thanks!

A. Joy said...

How fun! Like the photo of you by the river! I have been in caves just like that and they were in Australia. It was pretty amazing. Those minerals sure can build up! Or down I guess.

Leedra said...

Very pretty. Think it is neat that the water is coming out too. Next time you are up this way, Sweetwater has the Lost Sea. Similiar but the water is inside, hence, the Lost Sea. During the drought a few years back they almost did loose it, but the last 2 years the water level is back up. I visited it as a child, but have been back as an adult a couple of times.

Ginger said...

Susie, would you believe I've never heard of this place? Thank you for the info and pictures -- this is right up our alley and not too far away :)
The cool air sounds really nice right now!

Rosey said...

Susie,

Is that a Stargazer lily on your header? I love it!

I hope you are having a good summer!

Rosey

Marydon said...

We've not been to this place yet, Suzie ... but you can be sure the next trip down 'under' we will. Gorgeous enticing ...

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Have a beautiful summer's eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

thewritegardener said...

Caves are so cool! Literally! We ventured down into one at Cave City, Kentucky a few years ago.

And those kids behind you in that photo don't seem to mind the cold creek water!

Tipper said...

Looks like a good trip-such striking pics!

leavesnbloom said...

Those caves look wonderful to tour - thats the kind of place I would love to bring my boys to.

Many years ago when we just had one little one we were touring the caves in Fermanagh in NIreland and the tour guide started talking about the millions of years that it took to make all of this......... well he got much more than he bargained for when my husband starting telling him about the earth being a young earth.

:) Rosie

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I enjoyed your cave and water photos. My parents lived in Bella Vista Arkansas for awhile. We saw caves around, but never went in one, except for the one in Silver Dollar City. Is that one near Bella Vista, which is in the northwest part of the state?