It isn't every day that you can explore both a cavern AND a rock show in the same day. A trip to the Bedford, Indiana, gem and mineral show June 22-24 would give you the chance to do just that since Bedford is also the home of Bluespring Caverns. If a group from the club wants to go, we could arrange carpools and book a group tour. If anyone wants to go, let's discuss it at the June meeting. If we have 12 or more, we qualify for the group rate. You can RSVP online at eiggs.weebly.com Bluespring Caverns contains 21 miles (34 km) of surveyed passages. It has the longest known subterranean river in the United States with approximately three miles (4.8 km) of navigable river. Visitors can take a one-hour river cruise through the cave where they will observe rock formations and the wildlife, including the rare sightless Northern Cavefish, which is abundant in this cave system. The cave and adjacent museum are open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tours run nearly every hour. Ticket prices are regularly $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-18. Children under age 3 are free. Groups of 12 or more can take advantage of a group rate with $14 adult tickets and $8 children's tickets. There is a somewhat steep 400' walk both into and out of the cave. The temperature in the cave is 52 degrees, so a jacket is recommended.
According to Wikipedia, "The cave system was discovered as early as the 19th century. Up until 1913, the entrance used was the exodus of a spring which drained into the White River. However, a dam completed in 1913 on the White River closed off this entrance. In 1940, a second entrance was created after a severe storm passed through the area. A small pond on the farm of George Colglazier vanished overnight, becoming a sinkhole, and the present day entrance into the cave system. Soon word of the new opening to Bluespring Caverns spread and the Colglazier family welcomed visitors from around the world as people descended on the small farm to explore the caverns. The cave was formed in two types of limestone, Indiana and St. Louis, separated by a thin layer of shale. Bluespring Caverns are one of four show caves in Indiana. The other three are Marengo Cave, Wyandotte Caves, and Squire Boone Caverns. Twin caves, located in Spring Mill State Park, about 15 minutes south of Bluespring Caverns, near Mitchell, Indiana offers a 20-minute boat tour into the cave which goes back about 600 feet (180 m). Twin Caves is owned and operated by the state of Indiana and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources."