Mercer Cavern, California (more places to go and see)
Discovered by an American miner who was resting besides a plant on a hillside when he noticed a strange breeze. He used his tools to create a fist-sized hole and thought he struck gold. He hired a geologist to investigate his find after purchasing the claim for one dollar, while he didn’t find precious metals, he stumbled on a cave of “living limestone ” His wife sewed him special gloves so he would not destroy the cavern with human finger oils, which prevents further growth and darkens the rocks. Limestone in Mercer Cavern relies on water to form, human skin oils would cause the water to roll right off. ); These babes take millenniums to form; respect your elders!
It is incredible how they explored this place in the past with nothing but ropes, for lighting, all they had was a paddle with a single candle held in between the teeth, as the hands were preoccupied with climbing. If you look down, fire to the face! I read that some people’s beards were set ablaze and caused a number of accidents, heh. Anyways, go and enjoy the gorgeous stalactites, speleothems, and stalagmites.
You’ll be climbing down an equivalent of 16 stories. Not recommended for fear of heights.
(confession this song was playing in my head as i was climb down)