i’ve been in the mood to get out of the house lately. living in central texas, there are tons of things to do and places to visit, all within an easy day trip time frame. but weekend after weekend tends to get eaten up with the routine of gym, pool, lake, grocery store, playground, with an occasional date night thrown into the mix. add in a homebody husband plus 100 plus degree days and my visions of traipsing around the great state of texas with my family gets dashed pretty quick.
i was determined to do something fun and out-of-the-ordinary for father’s day, however, and i came up with the perfect place. a cave! a 70 degree, heat haven, underground adventure a mere 60 miles from our house. the place is longhorn cavern state park, an amazing place developed in the 1930s by the CCC during the new deal, rich in geological (one of only a few caves in north america created by an underground river) and social history (it was used by the comanches for hundreds of years and as a speakeasy during prohibition!).
we took a gorgeous scenic drive down park road 4 to get there and made it just in time for the 1.5 hour and 1.5 mile long tour. we trekked through slippery passageways, climbed rock stairs that lead us to sparkling quartz tunnels, experienced total darkness (spooky and a bit questionable given that 1/3 of our tour group was under 6), and were awed by the hall of marble, undulating curved and vaulted spaces carved out from a millenia of moving waters. we all loved it, especially being able to explore nature during the heat of the day and not break a sweat!
j loved doing something really special on father’s day and i think i convinced him that a monthly day trip was in the realm of enjoyable possibility. and the boys, well, they haven’t stopped talking about how brave they were on their cave adventure and asking geological questions i will never be able to answer. not in a million years.