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STOP #261

We saw more dead skunks on the side of the road today, but thankfully no "invisible" ones.

We accomplished a lot more than just switching campsites today. With the weekend behind us we found a propane business that was open and able to fill our two empty 30-lb tanks. We also had them top off the little 5-lb tank I connect to our ourdoor tabletop grill.

Then about 30 miles from our destination we pulled into a rest area on Interstate 10 and ate lunch. We started doing this recently so we don't arrive at the next campground hungry and in need of the restroom. It's working out well for us.

Tricia had made some delicious chicken salad before we left this morning and we ate it on some extra thick rye bread we bought at the HEB store. We were only off the road for about 20 minutes and then it was on to our destination.

Not our usual pretty camping destination is it?

MONDAY - We saw online all of the poor ratings the Caverns of Sonora campground received. We weren't too worried as we only intend to spend one night here. After arriving we agree with the reviews, don't come here expecting a pleasant camping experience, or you will leave dissappointed. I would say the worst part is the sites are very close together and have insufficient space to line up to get through the pull through sites straight. We were fine, but case in point, the neighbors who pulled in after us damaged their step when their big fifth wheel couldn't make the turn into the site. The people here at Caverns of Sonora are great and there are birds everywhere - a couple of peacocks and roosters crowing away. - T

But, if you come here expecting a Top 10 Cave Tour Experience you'll get exactly that, and then some. Tricia and I both put this in our Top 5, judging by the 54 cave tours we have been on.

Even though our tour guide has only been on the job for six weeks she did a commendable job of showing the cave to us.

I'm going to create a slideshow of some of our photos, but believe me they don't do the cave justice. You need to come see this cave for yourself if you are ever in the state of Texas.


You'll be amazed by what's hidden behind these locked doors.
The first of the 360 stairs along the 2 hour tour.
The cave starts out like most others, large passageways carved out of rock.
Then it starts to narrow in on us from both the sides and the top.
Then we start getting glimpses of what's to come.
Before you know it you're surrounded by formations on all sides.
A large flowstone that looks like a mud slide.
The walls are closing in on us even tighter.
Doesn't that look like a pile of applesauce?
It's amazing how delicate the formations are.
Then we saw some extremely long soda straw formations.
We haven't seen anything like these formations on any previous tour.
These helictite formations defy gravity.
See how some go out at odd angles instead of straight down?
Look at these extremely delicate formations.
Everywhere you look there was something to see. It became overwhelming after a while.
More helictites than we've ever seen in one cave.
Look at this curly-que shaped one.
Looking back as we prepare to exit the cave.
Again looking back, we are almost done.

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