Apparently while we were in Carlsbad, California, someone turned off the heat in the Charleston area of SC. Brrrr – it is COLD here, at least for us. We usually don’t have low s in the low 30’s in our neck of the woods until the dead of winter, late January or early February. Not before it is even officially Winter, for pete’s sake! But Winter it surely is here, and I imagine that is the case with many of you. Though I admit, most of you probably aren’t such whiny babies about it as I apparently am! Hey – there is a reason I moved back down South from my time in the frozen tundra of Boston!
To warm us all up a bit, I thought I would share another major adventure we had with our friend, Stephanie, down in Grand Cayman where it is most definitely NOT Winter! That would be the Cayman Crystal Caves, which just opened to the public this past January. They have only excavated 3 out of around 100 (I believe that’s what the tour guide, Rudy, said).
The three that are open are really amazing. They start you off with a smaller one, like this one below, with our guide, Rudy (who grew up with our friend, Stephanie), standing beside a column in which a stalactite and a stalagmite joined together:
Aren’t the formations incredible? To think they are caused by water going through limestone. What amazed me were all the different types of formations. Here are a few more photos from the caves, beginning with another column:
These are tree roots from the trees above the cave. They send them down through the cave to reach the ground below. They can be quite substantial:
The long part off to the left in the photo below is amazing in its own right. As it turns out, pieces like that when knocked sound just like a bell. It is incredible, and has a beautiful tone:
Suzy, Stephanie, and me in the largest cave that has been excavated. Behind us is an incredible freshwater lake (and the one below this). The lake is crystal clear, and stretches for hundreds of feet int he depths of the cave:
This gives you a better view of the lake, and it extends farther back than this by a LOT:
You might be able to tell that there is water dripping down these stalagtites and stalagmites. The story goes that if you get a drop on you, you get 7 years of good luck:
It is hard to get the scope and size of these caves, but they are just massive. Oh – and a couple of them have bats in them (they eat fruit and insects). That dark clump was a ton of bats al moving and huddling together:
Wow, right? It was an amazing experience. Can’t wait to go back there. If you want to see more about the Caves, you can click HERE.
That’s it for me. Oh, wait – apparently the water from the Caves IS good luck. While we were out in Carlsbad, my partner was promoted to Vice President. That water, and the many, many hours of hard work, experience, knowledge, intellect, and personality, along with a President and company that value her contributions a great deal, combined to make that much deserved promotion happen. Congratulations, babe!
And since we are now into the Christmas Season, I will leave you with beautiful rendition of Coventry Carol by Pentatonix on their new cd:
Isn’t that just beautiful? What a powerful piece that is, and one that helps inspire that Christmas feeling.
Okay – NOW that is it for me. This is the Weekend Open Thread. Have at it!