We are in Diamond Caverns RV Resort for a few days, three more days to go....We are enjoying the park very much. It's the kind of park where you feel very comfortable sitting outside and not doing much of anything..which is VERY difficult for Sparky to do...So off she went to the Diamond Caverns on a tour today...Sixteen dollars, no discounts for seniors, but a 2.00 discount if you are staying at the Diamond Caverns RV Park.
Now, Diamond Caverns is a privately owned cave, and it's much much smaller than Mammoth. So if you want to be WOWED, and have a BUNCH of different tours of differing abilities and challenges, go to Mammoth. Mammoth is a DRY cave (they don't sell alcohol there, haha, laughs E.) It's a constant 54-56 degrees. Diamond Caverns is a WET cave...It's about the same temperature, but it's got 100% humidity all the time, so it's damp, damp, damp! Puddles everywhere and drips coming down all the time.. If you want a nice, lower key, one tour fits all, interesting in a different sort of way tour, be sure to check out Diamond Caverns. The headquarters for Diamond Caverns is beautiful, modern and the center visitor's area is beautifully decorated.
The gift shop was wonderful! The geodes (a rock with a hollow center cavity lined or filled in with minerals or other composites) are AMAZING, beautiful, and come in all price ranges and colors. If you should by accident, knock over or damage one of these huge geodes by the fireplace, you break it, you buy it to the tune of $5,000! There was a matching one on the other side, and they were taller than five feet!
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We learned some more interesting stuff about the "cave wars" in the 1920's and 1930's. Such competition for the tourists' dollars back then led to claims about "you don't want to visit _______ Cave, they have tuberculosis there..." People got married in the caves, often enough in Diamond Caverns way back then, that an altar was built for ceremonies!
Sparky enjoyed the tour today......above ground and below....and she didn't get claustrophobic! Tomorrow, we'll show you the visitor's center at Mammoth Cave National Park.....