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Jul 7, 2009 - Jewel Cave NM

I was headed south after Crazy Horse, so I went to Custer and did laundry and had lunch at the Purple Pie shop. yummy! Jewel Cave is 14 miles east of there so I decided to make a big loop back to Beulah and see this cave, since I'm here. This cave is complicated like Wind Cave and is currently the 2nd largest cave in the world. Again, they estimate they've only found about 5-10% of the cave and they are continuing to discover paths. To get from the main cave where we go to the "new" area, one has to go into a long section that is only 24"...

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Sep 1, 2007 - Jewel Cave

On Labor Day, we visited the nearby Jewel Cave National Monument. The displays in the visitors Center indicated that this would be a more picturesque cave then Wind Cave but the hike would be more strenuous. Jo decided that she had done enough caving with the trip to Wind Cave, so chose to check out the town of Custer more thoroughly while David went through the cave tour. As advertised, Jewel Cave had more attractive formations then Wind Cave, but again nothing like the colorful mineral formations in Luray Cavern. Perhaps one explanation...

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