Tagged With "cave"

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Re: St. Martins Sea Caves, New Brunswick

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating place. I love the outside shot of people about to enter the cave. My first impression was that the rock was a large tree and dwarves were about to enter a hole right above its roots.
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Re: Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff National Park (Where Gumbo Was #178)

GarryRF ·
Another wonderful presentation of a hidden gem from DrF. I'm surprised 5 readers found the answer. It took me a few hours, with lots of interest, researching the clues. There's a lot more to Canada than meets the eye. Especially here in Europe !
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Re: Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff National Park (Where Gumbo Was #178)

Jonathan L ·
I spent several nights at Banff Springs, but not the cave and Basin. It is quite an experience to sit in a hot spring outdoors while snow is falling! Thanks for bring back the memories.
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Re: Gallery: Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Travel Luver ·
Wow! Some amazing shapes and colors. How long was the tour? Was it cold down there?
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Re: Gallery: Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for sharing these interesting photos and for bringing back memories. I was last in Jewel Cave in 1982, when there was much less known about how extensive a cave network it was. I found the beautiful rock formations to be absolutely fascinating! Travel Luver, I seem to recall that the cave was quite cool, but maybe Still Country Photo can elaborate for us. Also, I vaguely seem to recall that the last formation in your series of photos was called the "Bacon Strip" or something similar?
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Re: Gallery: Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Still Country Photo ·
If memory serves me correctly, the tour was about 90 minutes. Yes, it was quite cool down there but since I had made the trip in late August, it was quite refreshing to be there. At one point, the guide turned out the lights so the guests could see what true darkness really looks like. I have been in the dark before but not like this, it even seemed to mess with your equilibrium and I felt like I wasn't going to stay upright. Yes DrF, that is a "bacon strip" formation. Water running down a...
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Re: Gallery: Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Travel Rob ·
Absolutely incredible! i'm a huge fan of caves and your photos captured the details. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Underground Puerto Rico: The Camuy River Caverns

GarryRF ·
Absolutely fascinating ! I'd love to do this journey. I've been into caves in England,Barbados and Poland but these are HUGE ! Sure beats "It's a small small world" at Disney !!
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Re: Underground Puerto Rico: The Camuy River Caverns

Jonathan L ·
Las Cavernas was one of the first places I went to on my first trip to Puerto Rico. Back then the Autopista (expressway) was not yet complete and it was closer to 3 hours each way. But the caverns were on of the reason I fell in love with isalnd.
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 2). Dambulla

Former Member ·
This is a remarkable place but the radiantly smiling kids make even the Golden Buddha look a little shabby. Great pics.
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

Travel Luver ·
Never been anywhere in Nevada except Vegas. Didn't know they had beautiful places like this. Can you get there from Vegas as a day trip? Was it hot?
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, for a start, make sure you visit Reno, Travel Luver. It's a much small town than Vegas but still has all the casinos, restaurants, etc that you'd expect from a Nevada City. From here it's easy to do a day trip to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or down to Carson City. Reno is actually the closest major city to Great Basin National Park, say about a 3-4 hour drive. Vegas is 6-7 hour drive away. Salt Lake City is closer to Great Basin than Vegas. But you really can't do it as...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PortMoresby ·
A friend who was a park planner for the National Park Service said his favorite park was Big Bend in Texas. He's a lover of desert landscapes, wide-open spaces and, in the case of this park too, almost no visitors. Another orphan, no doubt. http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, PortMoresby. I've visited a lot of the US parks, but Big Bend is still on my "to do" list. They do white water rafting trips there, which appeals to me. One of the things that a lot of folks enjoy about these "orphans" is that they are so sparsely peopled, with few tourists. I think the US Parks system is the USA's biggest tourist asset. I'm certainly a huge fan. Seems whenever I'm in a US Park, more German is spoken than English. The German folks certainly are aware of...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PHeymont ·
The comments on "orphan parks" made for some interesting thoughts. How do we (as a society) choose what to save for parks? When you consider urban parkland, the point is obvious: people who have no land of their own need areas for public recreation. In other cases, individuals with wealth and influence have created parks in areas important to them personally (think of Acadia and the Rockefellers, Palisades Interstate Park and Morgan partners). But setting aside and maintaining areas like...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PortMoresby ·
Pheymont, you speak as if budget cuts are in the future when in fact the Park Service has been functioning with less and less for years now. The Service has a mission to which they're dedicated but less funding has meant "deferred" maintenance on buildings, trails, you name it. And when features of a park are deemed unsafe or there isn't personnel to oversee visitors then parts are closed. I've experienced that myself recently when a trail I've visited in years past was closed. I have no...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Costs for the existing parks is mostly maintenance and salary. In the face of a broke federal government, I would favor increased user fees. $10-20 for a family to visit a national park for a week is the greatest bargain out there. People who love the parks would happily pay twice as much and I don't think the extra cost would be a deterent. Also, it's reasonable for those with concessions to pay up more than they are. They are given a monopoly and some of those profits should go back to the...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PHeymont ·
No, I'm painfully aware of the past and present cuts...but I see more ahead. My concern is that there are loud voices (my own included) to speak out against cuts to parks that have a big "fan base," including Gateway here in the NY area. Because so many speak out for those parks, I fear that NPS will increasingly "hide the damage" by even more drastic cuts to others--perhaps even outright abandonment. And that's not so far-fetched an idea. For some 20 or more years here in New York, Prospect...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont, I don't believe we disagree. I think the problem is that the park system relies on "federal handouts" and when a government is broke, there's less to hand out. As I said, I sort of favor them being self-funded by their user and concession fees. That's a lot of money already (if it was all kept in the parks) and people would be willing to pay more IF they knew the money stayed in the parks and didn't get diverted back into the Washington's general budget. Orphan parks would be...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

PHeymont ·
The intensity of those colors is astonishing...even in pictures! Thank you!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

FlashFlyer ·
I haven't seen Avatar (yes, some of us haven't!) but the switchbacked road and the arch at the head of the stairs made me think of another movie: Shangri-la...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

DrFumblefinger ·
What a beautiful and magical place! It is like something out of a storybook or film, isn't it? Thanks for sharing this destination with us.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Theodore Behr ·
Avatar was one of my favorite movies! Now I've another reason to go to China (besides the awesome food!)
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Travel Rob ·
Wow! I must go.My favorite Picture of the Day yet!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
Glad you guys liked the pictures. Indeed, this place impressed us a great deal. Like Karl said it’s like something unreal. Stay tuned, in part II, I will show you what underneath those mountain pinnacles.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Former Member ·
Like ! the picture of the hairpin turns. That is my kind of road. The picture of Heaven's Gate is very special. thank you
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Former Member ·
Oh my, I had no idea that this existed. Makes me happy to have eyes. Thank you.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
Thanks Paul and Louie for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Yes, my family did have jaw cramping for a while after visiting that place
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Theodore Behr ·
That place reminds me of Carlsbad caves in New Mexico. It's beautiful! I like how the guy in the bottom right (white shirt) gives you an idea of how big it is. Wonder which one is bigger? Carlsbad or this one?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
Thanks Theo for your comment. That was exactly the intention to include a person in the picture Have not been in Carlsbad caves yet, perhaps should be added to the next destination list. The mountain pinnacles in Zhangjiajie stretch mils and mils, kind like Yellowstone. I was told the underneath cave system is the same. However, only a small fraction is explored and even smaller ones are currently open for visitors.
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 2). Dambulla

DrFumblefinger ·
Dambulla is known for its Cave Temples which predate Christ.  Legend has it that a Sri Lankan King, driven out of Anuradhapura, found a hiding place and refuge within these caves.  When this king regained his throne he...
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That's sick! Rocker writes first barf book

PHeymont ·
Headline get you? Wasn't easy to think what to say, so let's start here. Rocker Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds, spent a lot of 2012 touring the U.S. with the band. On flights between concerts, he began writing notes, doodles and poems on the backs of...
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Underground Puerto Rico: The Camuy River Caverns

PHeymont ·
If Old San Juan and the El Yunque rain forest and the beaches have been drawing visitors for hundreds of years, that's certainly not true for this hidden attraction: a vast, and still-not-fully-explored system of caves, carved out by the world's...
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Postojna Cave, Slovenia (Where Gumbo was #373)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the spectacular Postojna cave in Slovenia. It's a beautiful cave, with an amazing assortment of dripstone formations.
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February 25, 2020: Predjama Castle, Slovenia

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits Predjama Castle in Slovenia. It's the world's largest "cave castle."
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The Subterrean Majesty of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico) There’s no easy way to get to the Carlsbad Caverns — it’s a pretty remote destination, in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico just north of Texas, and...
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'World's largest cave' to be left in 'natural state'

PHeymont ·
Vietnam's Phong Nha-Ke Bang cave system will be left undeveloped for tourism, at least until 2030, Plans for a cable car to the area and extensive facilities have been canceled.   The cave system, where so far over 300 caves and grottos have been...
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Central India, Pt.7: Ajanta

Professorabe ·
This week Professor Abe takes us to the fantastic Buddhist cave monuments cut into the rocks of the Sahyadri hills. The caves were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.
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August 26, 2018: Vietnam - Tam Coc

Grand Escapades ·
Grand Escapades visits and shares a great photo collection of the lovely landscapes of Tam Coc.
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Gallery: Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Still Country Photo ·
One of the stops I made between Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore was at the Jewel Cave National Monument just outside of Custer, South Dakota.  This adventure was a real treat to say the least.  After descending about 420 feet...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug 19th, 2014: Limestone Caves, Malta

IslandMan ·
    The Maltese islands are made up of natural limestone and have been called a geological paradise by those with an interest. They are also ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling . There are many inlets, bays and rock formations where...
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Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff National Park (Where Gumbo Was #178)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the original site around which Canada's first National Park -- Banff National Park -- was created.
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December 16, 2016: Roman Burial Chambers, Matala Beach, Crete.

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares some great photos and the story behind caves in a small beach town in Crete.
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Aug. 12, 2016: Lamprecht's Cave, Austria

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares a visit to Lamprecht's Cave, Austria. It is a river-formed cave and one of the deepest caves in the world.
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March 3, 2017: Los Hervideros, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Ian Cook ·
Beautiful eroded lava cliffs and caves are the subject of this Pic of the Day.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
Nested in the northern Hunan Province of mainland China is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park .  The park is well known for its stunning eroded mountain pinnacles that are simply breathtaking! This park is part of the the Wulingyan Scenic...
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A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
In the United States, a country with dozens of great national parks, it makes sense that there would be some “orphan” parks that are only rarely visited. Such is the case with Great Basin National Park in Nevada.  Great...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
   I have discussed the towering mountain pinnacles of Zhangjiajie National Park previously, which you can see and read about here at this link.  The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular place to...
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St. Martins Sea Caves, New Brunswick

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob explored the beautiful Sea Caves in St Martins, New Brunswick
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Re: Central India, Pt.7: Ajanta

DrFumblefinger ·
I've found this trip fascinating, and especially this grouping of cave monuments. Well worth going out of your way for! I need to find a way to sneak into your suitcase on your next trip, Professor. Thanks for this.
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