What? did you think that I, the two-state traveler, actually managed Australia? No, no, no, that kinda thing would take much more than a mental whim and a Wednesday to pull off. (And yes Mme B. I would definitely have mentioned such a thing to you ;)
This was the sort of down under that you read about (or let's face it, see, in the movie theater) in Journey to the Center of the Earth . Ok, nope. I just watched the trailer and remembered that the movie had WAY more dinosaurs, special effects, and appearances by Brendan Frasier than this place did so I can't totally go there with my analogy without feeling just a wee exaggeratory (Wow, I didn't make that word up like I thought I might have).
So even though we didn't get anywhere near the center of the earth, we did go to this really fabulous cave in Eureka Springs!!! It was such a last minute plan in our otherwise busy outing but it was one of the coolest (exactly 58 degrees year round-I listened) places I've seen in quite a while.
I took tons of pictures of stalactites and stalagmites along the way but what I couldn't capture was the awesome old fashioned feel this whole place had. We were each handed gigantic headphones upon entering the Onyx Cave and were instructed to line up carefully along the yellow lines at each listening station so we could hear the commentary after pushing a tall flashing button straight out of a Dharma training video from an episode of LOST (sorry if I actually lost you non LOST watchers there). The recorded voice playing on the headphones was so dated, he actually reminded us not to leave anything but our camera "flash cubes" behind in the trash receptacles provided along the way. Remember those? haha.
Welcome to the 60's dear children. It's not quite an i-pod but these things get the job done when you need to know what to do when in an underground poorly lit natural dwelling!
Ok, that's all for now. But, that's only because it is getting quite late and I've got a pumpkin patch requiring my presence in the morning plus a hugely busy weekend ahead. I just wanted to share a tiny bit of our day today and hopefully I'll get to more of it in the next couple days- barring a total blog rebellion- as lately I've been prone to pulling.
Please take care all. I'm thinking of a special few of you tonight as you are dealing with especially difficult times in your lives. You know who you are and if you are reading, know that I am praying for you all along the way dear friends. Much love.