8/25/17 – 8/27/17 | Caving at Maquoketa Caves
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Have you ever wanted to explore the underground? Discovered the secrets that lie in the dark?
Grab your headlamps, your caver-alls and your cave bag and head deep into the Maquoketa Caves with us. Located in Eastern Iowa, Maquoketa offers the largest cave system in Iowa. In the summer, the park is lush and dense with greenery. Tall, limestone cliffs loom above you, and breathing caves release moist air below.
Learn about spleleothems (cave formations), bats, and White Nose Syndrome with us. These precious, delicate cave ecosystems take millions of years to form, and it’s important to preserve them. Our caves in Iowa are muddy, and shallow, but home to many bats that hibernate in the moist, temperature-constant caves. Bats aren’t the only thing to live in our caves, but other spleophiles (cave dwellers) call the Maquoketa Caves home. If you’re really quiet, you can hear a small brown bat nestle as it sleeps in the cave, and if you’re attentive, you may see an albino cricket hop by. Lives in caves are special and rare, and only a few are brave enough to see it for themselves.
Are you afraid of the dark? Come conquer it with us.
Cost is $250, which covers everything you’ll need for the trip – the only thing you need is your sleeping gear, sturdy shoes, and a sense of adventure!
If you have any questions or need any gear for the trip, swing by the store or call (515) 779-1335, and we’ll outift you with everything you need (and none of the stuff you don’t!)
See you there!
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