July 5, 2018

Inner Space Cavern

Over spring break, I had an Interview in Round Rock, TX for a summer internship ( I got the offer! Didn't accept it though.), and decided that after my interview, I was going to make my 5-hour drive worth it.  About twenty minutes from Round Rock is Georgetown, where there is a 10000-year-old cave called Inner Space Cavern.

I had been when I was a lot younger, but honestly, I have hardly in recollection of that trip other than I loved it and wanted to be a tour guide afterward.  I was excited to go this time and actually experience the beauty of the cave.  Let me tell ya, Inner Space Cavern did not disappoint. 

There are a few tours that they offer there, the basic one, a slightly more adventurous one where you can go down smaller pathways, and one where you actually scale the side of the cave walls! I went for the cheap basic one because as Y'all know, I'm a broke college student.  

This tour takes you through the main path deep into the cave. It is amazing how chilly the air gets the further down you go. Along the way, the tour guide will explain different rock formations.  There are rocks that look like ice cream, bacon, castles, soda straws, you name it.  One of the coolest things the tour guide pointed out was the water in the cave.  Because the water from rain is filtered so well by the limestone rock, the water is almost 100% pure. He showed us this puddle that refracted the light so well that in reality, it was a 10 ft deep water hole. He also pointed out a super cute little bat.

Our guide also explained that Inner Space Cavern was discovered when the interstate was being built.  Apparently, the construction crew lost one of their drills and sent a man down into the hole to retrieve it an that is when the cave was discovered.

The only downside to the cave was one of the kids in the group decided to climb on one of the formations. Sure, you may think that sounds dangerous for the kid, but it literally killed that part of the cave.  The oils in our skin prevents the rocks from ever growing again.  So when you're down there you aren't allowed to touch anything other than the one designated section of cave wall you are allowed to touch (The glossy rock photoed below is what the looks like) 

Overall, super fun day trip. It made the drive worth it.  If you've ever been cave exploring let me know! Can't wait to hear your stories!

This is the photo of the dead cave wall

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