N2 were huge fans of Wind Cave and wanted to go to Jewel Cave (it was our plan to do that anyways so good thing they liked the cave). We went there on the morning of July 4th. We were amazed by this cave with it's really open, huge rooms. Both Brian and I were very impressed by the size of this cave. This one would be fun to be able to explore openings because there are tons of them. I think Brian would love to go wild cave touring in this cave (maybe in Wind Cave as well but that one may have narrower passages). I think Natalie or Noah or maybe both of them would go with him when they are older.
Jewel Cave is named that because there are lots of crystals on the inside. It's like walking through a geode. The crystals aren't really sparkly though because the cave had been filled up with water and the sediment in the water stayed on the crystals when the water drained. This is what I mean by walking through a geode:
There were really neat formations in this cave-some box work, crystals, cave bacon, stalactites, stalagmites, columns (when a stalactite and stalagmite come together), drapes, cave popcorn (which Natalie loved from Wind Cave) and probably something else I am forgetting about.
Here is the first room that the elevator opened to. It was massive!