Dave and I had to travel to Boston for work last week...and I was actually really excited to have some time to explore. Since I grew up in New England I've been to Boston a million times, but it's such a cool city and there's always something new going on, so a week to explore at our leisure sounded fantastic.....
....until spring New England weather hit....
(okay...yes...this is from Vancouver...but I'll be honest, I didn't take an outside picture!)
Our original plan was to explore the city, eat great food, maybe do a little shopping, etc. This would obviously have required lots of outside walking,...not so pleasant in the POURING rain. (plus we're spoiled now that we live in sunny Charleston) We had to adjust our plan.
Instead of lots of walking we did LOTS of driving.
My favorite part of our whole trip is that we got to drive back to Maine (twice) and see our families, but I slacked on the photography end and didn't take any photos at all..oops. I did, however, take some photos of our trip out to Albany!
Some dear friends of ours live just outside Albany and just had a baby, and since it's only a few hours drive from Boston we decided we absolutely had to visit them. While we were there we also got to make a pit stop at Howe Caverns....one of Dave's favorite spots ever!
Dave's grandparents lived in Upstate NY when they were alive so he has memories of visiting the caves with them when he was young. Every time we get to go back he loves to relive those early memories.
The main building at the caverns is a really cool old place with super high vaulted ceilings and a huge stone fireplace. The entrance to the caves is a 200' elevator ride straight down.
At the bottom of the elevator the caves are immediately amazing, so I'll just jump right in...
There is a river in the cave (we boat on it later!) that follows most of the tour, but this spot is beautiful! My favorite thing is that they use tons of different colored lights rather than just plain white lights.
This giant flowstone has actually choked out its source so this is it! To me it looks a little like a giant marshmallow fluff spill.
Other caves we've been in have some pretty cool stalagmites, stalactites, and flowstone, but Howe caverns have the most impressive.
Photos do not do this place justice, but they are pretty incredible. The original tour through the caves (back in the early 1900's) took 10 hours and was done by candle light. I'm glad our tour had electric lights and an elevator, but I can imagine the first visitors to the cave were equally as impressed!
Check out this awesome underground boat ride! We float quietly across a fairly large 'lake' through the cave up to a dam, which marks (almost) the end of the tour. From here we turned around and boated backwards, and then walked to the final part of the tour, they call it the "Winding Way". My favorite part!
I hope you all get a chance to visit Howe Caverns, it's so worth it! Since our little trip Dave has now decided that we're going to see all the caves possible in the USA, so expect more underground adventures from here forward. As long as there aren't (visible) spiders I'm okay with it!
Until next time!
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