Diamond Caverns

Our first wet cave! As opposed to a dry cave system like Mammoth, Diamond Caverns had all the shimmering, snotty, drippy, intricate formations I always imagined in caves. There are no diamonds down there; the name comes from glittery calcite. I loved the names for different stalactites- “curtains” or “drapery” for wavy, fabric-fold-like formations resulting from the water running down the cave’s ceiling or wall, “cave bacon,” the cutest and most perfect description. We also learned about the Cave Wars- Diamond’s gift shop was burned down and a bunch of formations were busted up in 1945. I also loved that there was a chapel where weddings used to be held. I know humans ruin everything (the oils from our hands have halted formations) but what a perfect venue!!

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