On Monday, I drove the van for Anna’s 5th grade class to go on a field trip to Meramec Cavern in Stanton, MO – about a good hour’s drive from our school.
BTW, did you know that Missouri – though most known as the “Show-Me State” – is also known as the “Cave State”? Yep, it is.
At the cavern, the children first had a class about rocks and minerals – and what the difference is (but don’t ask me because I was too busy entertaining Miriam to gain any knowledge!). And then after this, we entered the cavern, which consists of a nicely paved mile and a half of walkways – though no strollers are allowed. Thankfully, several of the adults helped me carry Miriam and the diaper bag so that I wouldn’t suffer from muscle fatigue! Especially when she took about a half hour nap during some of the walking tour.
We learned lots of interesting facts about the cavern. One was that it was a source of saltpeter, which is used in gun powder. In fact, Union troops had a gun powder factory set up here underground during the Civil War.
There were light shows and a shallow “river” to see …
And of course, LASSIE:
BECAUSE two episodes of the t.v. show LASSIE were filmed at Meramec Cavern in 1966!! (A version of TOM SAWYER was also filmed here at one time – where Tom & Huck discover gold …)
Seems like all kinds of folks like hanging out in caves.
Like outlaws Frank & Jesse James who were rumored to have entered the cavern to escape their pursuers – and found a back exit to the cavern to escape to safety … at least for a short while. They also supposedly used the cavern as a hide-out at other times as well.
It was quite an educational, enlightening, and EXHAUSTING (LOL) day! 🙂