In the beginning, there was Marvel Cave.
(Here is a picture looking up at the staircase we had just taken to get to the bottom of the Cathedral Room. See the light? That is the hole at the top that legend says is where the Osage Indian fell with a bear when they "discovered" the cave.)
The cave was so pretty. It's been awhile since I've been in a cave, but somehow I don't remember the ones I've been in to be as spectacular as this one. Maybe it was the lighting that they had...but it really was something special and my kids agreed....it was super neat. I also found it amazing that the paths we were walking on were naturally made. They just seem so PERFECT for humans to walk on....and yet, they were made by water....and God's creation of course. It just amazed me.
This is looking down into some water....I wonder where that water goes...
After descending nearly 500 feet below the surface, how do you get back up to daylight? In 1957, cave operators installed a unique cable train designed to take cave visitors up the half mile, 1070 foot climb back to the surface!
We did A LOT of walking...hiking...stair climbing.....it was tiring....but well worth it. At the end there was a really neat cable car system for us. Yes....it was possible that it wouldn't work (they said sometimes that has happened), but it did...all worked well! It was a bit awkward getting into it as it was tilted....then getting out was just as awkward....but we managed....and Major (my 5 year old) LOVED the cool ride....he said he was like a miner from the old days!
Here is Cam's opinion....Cam is 14.
Hi, my name is Cam Filleman. I had a GREAT time in Marvel Cave. I am in Ninjutsu, and I love to climb things, challenge myself in different ways...and this cave was an unbelievable place to do just that. I COULD'NT, but it was a great place to do it if they would let me! The whole time I was there I was thinking about what I could do....where I could climb....how awesome it would be to be off of the main path and try to discover on my own. I didn't do any of that, but it was a lot of fun to imagine doing it! It was a little tough with my little brother. Since dad didn't go down, mom needed help with my little brother and sister....and it was dark down there, so I held on to my little brother while my mom had my little sister. Sometimes he can be naughty and not listen. But other than that, I had a great time down there. It was my favorite part of Silver Dollar City! I was starting to not feel well...but, I am glad that we did this early in the day when I still felt pretty good. It was really pretty too. I tried to take pictures to send to my friends...but there wasn't reception in the cave. OH! I am also into herpetology and we saw a little lizard in the cave. It was so cute! We didn't see any bats, but I've seen my fair share of bats before...I am not in any hurry to see more.
Anyway, that was my experience in the cave. If you have an adventuresome side of you...you'll love it!