Florida Caverns – Marianna Fl- Dec 2012

What  better way to spend the cold month of December than to go camping! We adventured into the middle of nowhere! This is one of the few state parks with dry (air-filled) caves and is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The Florida Cavern has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites and stalagmites with beautiful colorful lighting. There is a lot of history in the caves. They were reinforced by workers in the 40’s  as part of the economy development plan. The workers did all the work by hand and left evidence of their hard work in the mines, such as their helmets. The tour guide was a hoot and very informative. My favorite part was at the “Wedding Room” which featured a massive natural formation in the shape of the cake. The guide had everyone turn off their flashlights and phones and then turned off the lights so we could experience total darkness. It was intense!

In addition to the beautiful caves and landscapes, Florida Caverns also has a lot of wildlife. In the caverns we saw tons of tiny bats! We also saw some beautiful birds and white tail deer. We heard owls at night. Luckily traveling during cold weather means the bugs are limited! During the day we hiked through the gorgeous marshy woods. The area has a lot more hills than most of Florida, so we got quite a work out. At night we camped by a large fire and played geeky games. We cooked some fire roasted sausages and hamburgers. Overall it was a really fantastic trip.

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