Ron & Elena's 2012 & 2013 Travels travel blog

Lehman Creek at our campsite in the morning sun.

Lehman creek

Columbine along the creek.

Columbine

Columbine - Elena had to help them look up for the camera!

 

 

 

 

Indian Paintbrush

Da Honu from across our back yard.

Sites have a lot of privacy.

View of the Snake Valley from the Lehman Cave visitor center.

Diagram of the cave we toured.

The lighting makes photography a challenge but the following photos will give...

 

 

 

 

 

No one can explain how these strange shapes and features were formed...

Very strange formations.

 

 

 

The flat formations are called "bacon".

 

 

Those wavy flat formations are called curtains.

More "bacon".

A formation called "popcorn".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flat disks above the stalagtites are called "shields" and the combination...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The round ball shaped formations are called "turnips" and they are hollow.

As you can see there's a lot of beauty packed into this...


(Ron Writing) I think we’ll always remember our campsite here in Great Basin NP as one of the very nicest we’ve found. We love the sound of the water flowing through Lehman Creek just a few feet from the trailer, the wildflowers, the large variety of grasses and trees, the variety of birds and the widely separated sites.

This morning we drove over to the Lehman Cave Visitor Center. Lehman Cave is within the park but was operated as a tourist attraction long before the surrounding area became a national park. Today we took a 1½ hour tour of the cave led by a park ranger. We’ve toured a few caves and each one has its own beauty. Lehman Cave is not a very large cave but it has a variety of beautiful formations. It has several “shield formations” which are found in very few caves. The cave has a constant year round temperature of 50° with 90% humidity.

After the cave tour we hiked a short nature trail up behind the visitor center where we had nice views of the surrounding area. We also drove to the Baker Creek campground to see what it was like and then headed back home. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and reading in our beautiful backyard.



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