Onyx Cave

Another gorgeous limestone show cave! This is a vertically formed cave with intricate cave corals. The main attraction for me was the “waterfall wall,” I loved thinking of it as having a “melted candle look.” Lots of tight spaces and steps in this one- I got a bit of vertigo and felt my stomach turn. […]

Crystal Onyx Cave

Another stunning, privately-owned show cave. I am a huge fan of mashups between natural wonder and man-made kitsch so I was all about the fiberglass animals, aliens and dinosaurs. I loved “cave coral” being called “popcorn,” and a flowstone described as “butterscotch pudding.” We also had a moment at the end where we sat with […]

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 […]

Highlands Waterfalls

I was planning to relax by a couple waterfalls over two days. Instead, I ended up doing a whirlwind tour of five falls in three hours, then I almost drowned. Hahaaaa- a fitting cap to this strange summer. Glen Falls Sequoyah Falls Bridal Veil Falls Dry Falls (the most stunning of these falls for sure) […]

Lake Lanier

My least distanced weekend and the wildest party I have ever been to even before the pandemic (#borntobemild). I was thinking I’ve partied hard (for me) three times in the past year and all have been with my beautiful work wife, Amber. Hahaaa. She is infectiously fun and I feel so lucky to have had […]

Alaska Cruisin’

Spring 2009 My mom and Grandma had planned to take a cruise thru Alaska’s Inside Passage, but when my Grandma was unable to go, I ended up being gifted my favorite trip my mom and I have been on. She’s always gotten me to do things I wouldn’t have otherwise. For starters, I’d never been […]

Bad Branch and Crow Creek Falls

Thanks to Jen’s Wander Guide, we were able to find these two falls less than five minutes from Minnehaha. These directions are so precise, even a lost-prone freak like myself couldn’t have messed them up. Bad Branch came first. It’s a partially man-made falls, at the site of an old quarry which is kinda cool […]