This day we went to check out Cave of the Winds – CaveoftheWinds.com
We took a tour into the cave and checked out various mineral formations, stalactites – these hang “tite” to the ceiling, stalagmites – these grow from the floor, watch out because you “mite” trip over them, The Majestic Hall, the Bridal Chamber and the Temple of Silence.
The cave was discovered in 1869 with tours beginning in 1881. The cave’s history goes way beyond that however. Early legends of the Jicarilla Apaches, who migrated through the Pikes Peak region around 1000 AD, told of a cave in the Manitou Springs area where the Great Spirit of the Wind resided.
In 1869, a recent settler to Williams Canyon named Arthur B. Love became intrigued by a cleft in the canyon’s western wall. When he investigated the opening, he discovered a large limestone archway and a cave entrance that would later become Cave of the Winds.
The modern era of Cave of the Winds began when two brothers, John and George Pickett, went looking for new caves on a scouting trip in Williams Canyon in 1880. They discovered a small shelter cave near the limestone archway. When they lit their candles, they noticed the flames flickered in the wind blowing from a nearby crevice. When they crawled through the passageway, they emerged into a large chamber and it was evident this was something that needed to be shared with the world.
Inside the cave:
They call this Romeo and Juliet – forever broken and never to be joined again.
These are stalactites that grew at a point in the cave when many, many, years ago, people who took the tour here, had to crawl on their bellies to get through. It took them 3 hours to make it in and once they reached the point where these stalactites grew, were told to rub them for good luck for the long crawl back out of the caves. The oil from the hands that had rubbed the stalactites, adhered and did not mix with the water that flowed down thus stunting the growth of the stalactite.
It was amazing to see such a historical place. Millions of years of growth. What a wonder nature is. After this caving experience, it was time for what else? Food! Off to Chili’s!