TOP TEN WINNER in the Stone challenge, hosted by the United States Monthly Themes group.
This is one of the limestone deposits in the Lewis & Clark Caverns, near Whitehall, Montana (USA). The beautiful colors are due to iron oxide impurities and the presence of copper from pennies that early visitors dropped into the water.
Although Lewis & Clark never saw these caverns, they were given that name because they overlook 50 miles of the Lewis & Clark Trail.
I naively thought that there would be handicapped access to the caverns, but my husband had to wait in the cafe, while we spent over 2 hours hiking to the upper entrance to the cave, through the 300 feet of stairs through the caverns, and the long hike back to the visitor’s center. The people who were hiking behind us gave up about a quarter way up the trail and headed back.
This is a site worth seeing, but be prepared to do a lot of twisting and bending to get through the tour, and don’t try it if you are claustrophobic. The campground is beautiful and has cabins available for the handicapped if you reserve one ahead of time.
Photo taken September 3, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.