Field Trip #4 – Natural Bridge Caverns

New Braunfels, Texas – Natural Bridge Caverns

This week we decided to splurge and spelunk. Though Georgetown offers “Inner Space Caverns”, we determined to make the trek to the “Natural Bridge Caverns” and experience the largest cavern room in Texas. The cave not only proving to be educational stretched the imagination as well. Indeed, a dwarf or goblin could be behind any stalagmite or boulder. It proved a world of wonders. Also, dad was eager to float the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels.


In the visitor’s center at Natural Bridge.


Not sure why, but they had a fireplace. Maybe to display some of the massive obsidian and other stones found in the cave and on the property.


The natural bridge, our tour guide, and some other chumps who decided to go down with us.


Down into the cave


Click on the picture to get a better view. Really cool.


Some small columns, drapery, ribbon, and flow stone.


Soda straws. Water drips through them depositing sediment inside and out onto the end of the straw.


A bit of drapery


Emerald lake

The following 5 pictures are from the same room.


Notice the person at the bottom.


A chandelier


Almost looks like a mushroom


A larger shot of the room.


Yep. Huge


Up out of that room. Nice little climb, but with all the extra railing almost anyone could make it.


Up into the last and largest known cavernous room in Tejas


Looking down into the room


And from the top of the large room.


Moses wanted to play on the dinos


We decided to pan for gold …well… pretty rocks.


It’s actually called “sluicing” since we’re using their artificial channel.


And even though it’s serious work, we had a blast doing it.


And then it was off to the Guadalupe River for a bit of swimming, creek walking, and floating.


And the current was swift


and lots of fun


We even found some more cool rocks and mother of pearl


But soon, it was time to go

To see ALL the pictures (and there are lots more), click here.

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