Saturday, March 2, 2013


When we lived in Tuscon six years ago, it was on our list to visit Collosal Cave.  Since we lived there, of course, there was "always time", and so that time never happened.

Today, though, we knew we here only for a short while, so we made it a point to set aside time to visit the cave.  We arrived around 9:30 in the morning, giving us about a half-hour before the tour started.  We spent that time browsing the souvenir shop, where we bought nothing, but Kazumi got very excited over the magnetic stones.  Back outside, I managed to take a few shots of the valley below while waiting for the tour guide to appear.

Once inside, we gathered for a few moments, allowing our eyes to adjust to the darkness.  Andy, our guide, explained that the glowing rocks were sculptured sheets of fiberglass with lights behind them.  Probably none of us thought they were radioactive.  The stairs and walkways, Andy continued, were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, as part of Roosevelt's New Deal.  Eighty years may not be a very long time, but judging by the depth of the stairs and the width of the pathways, folks were a lot smaller back then.

As we inched through the maze of twisty little passages, Andy regaled us with a story about bank robbers who hid the loot from four banks somewhere in the cave, and of the unwitting sheriff who guarded the entrance to the cave while the bad guys snuck out the back for a beer.  When the banditos were finally captured, they had apparently left some of their stash hidden in the caves.  It wasn't anywhere along the beaten path, so we're not independently wealthy yet.

There were many beautiful rock formations throughout the cave, but my camera refused to work there.  I think it's afraid of the dark.  Luckily, we were able to obtain a suite of photos from a very nice woman named Stephanie (and her equally nice husband, whose name I didn't get, because I'm rude).

The Silent Waterfall. 
You can almost hear it splashing.

They even managed to get a photo of Kazumi!
  I'm somewhere in the darkness behind her.