|Sue and I about to enter the depth's of the earth|
So given the chance to take a rare free weekend and go caving in Florida's only open air cave, I would jump at the chance. Sue and I drove about five and a half hours north into the panhandle of Florida. Some 40 million years ago Florida was covered by a shallow sea, and this resulted in limestone being deposited. The limestone is raised up and then water seeps into the limestone, slowly dissolving the limestone and creating a cave. This is known as a Karst formation.
These caves can take million of years to form and each one is unique in it's own way. They grow and change, admittedly very very slowly, over time. Each one can, and often does, support a fragile ecosystem. As such very little of the cave was open to the public, and my few attempts of photographing it, do not do it justice. You can see the full album of the caves on my Facebook page (please note there are two different albums).
As such the town had a variety of historical buildings and styles throughout it. From the Spanish influenced post office building to the antebellum southern style of the early to mid 1800's. The rest of the state would be developed after the Civil War when the railroads started to push south along the coasts.
Sadly we went exploring on a Sunday morning/early afternoon and the city was pretty much empty and shut down. Still though we managed to find a few things of interest and plan on making another trip somewhere different soon.
It feels good to be getting back to exploring my adopted state and all it has to offer.
|"straws" and an example of "cave bacon" in the upper right corner|
|a pool filled with water, so still it appears as glass would|
|Example of the Spanish style I love so much|
|Not technically Antebellum but lovely still|