Thursday, January 17

Superb Sites!

Usually when we blog about fun places to see, we’re speaking of virtual visits via the World Wide Web. But over the next two posts I’d like to share about some spectacular sites my family experienced on a recent trip to Grandma’s house -- a cool cave and a marvelous museum!

Our first stop was deep inside a mountain in East Tennessee that’s listed as the world’s largest underground lake in the Guiness Book of World Records. The Lost Sea Adventure in Sweetwater is part of a huge and historic cave system that’s been used since the days of the Cherokee Indians.

Highlights of our ¾ mile guided hike in the underground caverns included seeing Native American artifacts, hearing Civil War history and taking in many unique and unusual formations. Best of all were the rare anthodite crystals (cave flowers) found in only a few of the world’s caves.

The main attraction, of course, is the underground lake discovered by a 13 year old boy in 1905. And even though our family couldn’t ride on the glass-bottom boats because of recent dry weather, it was still amazing to experience The Lost Sea Adventure!

We’ve even talked about going back in a few years to check out the overnight Wild Cave Tour. For more information visit

(To be continued …)