Lewis and Clark Caverns, Montana

This impulsive stop was entirely worth the short distance out of our way. We are slightly fascinated with deep dark damp caves. Here, we took a guided tour of the cave system. We got to hear about the caves’ history as well as history about the area and the park.

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park in Montana offers camping and cabins, hiking and biking, fishing and hunting and so much more. Our favorite part about this park was the cave tour. Especially the stalactites and stalagmites.

It is important to dress for going underground. It is definitely cooler in the caves. Another important thing to keep in mind is the bats. No, the bats will not get you, but you shouldn’t wear shoes that you have worn in other caves. Wearing different “clean” shoes that have not been in other caves helps protect bats from a fungal infection. With Covid-19 visitors also need to wear a mask inside the caves.

Before we went on the tour we looked at pictures taken in the caverns. Wow did they look great. We did not have extra lighting or any kind of fancy equipment. We are not even sure they want people using lighting equipment. It is best to check on those type of rules directly with the park.

For more current information visit the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park website. You can also make reservations using their website.

San Diego Zoo

It is impossible to do the San Diego Zoo in one day. We know because we tried. We arrived bright and early before the Zoo opened and walked our butts off all day. Literally, we walked our butts off all day and we still did not see everything. We didn’t even attempt to go to the Safari Park.

We walked at least 15 miles according to my fitness tracking app on my phone. Our middle child will tell we we almost died! We did spend the day in high gear to get as much of the San Diego Zoo in as possible.

This amazing bird is a Secretary Bird. Our youngest was thrilled to get this picture. I would guess that the Secretary bird could be one of his favorite stops while were visiting the animals at the zoo.

On to the Skyfari gondola ride of TERROR! Just kidding, but can you see the look that says – we are off to our deaths mom, don’t take any more pictures. Well, that feeling didn’t last long and we were able to enjoy both of our rides on the Skyfari.

There was on part of our ride that was scary. We saw a small child standing on the safety rail of their gondola about halfway through the trip! Don’t do that kids, it’s a long way down. Goodness!

At the end of the day, and I mean it they were closed, we made our way out with almost seeing everything. We suggest at least 2 days to enjoy the Zoo and another day at least for the Safari Park. Don’t take my word on the Safari Park, we haven’t been yet.

Go to San Diego Zoo’s Website for more information.

Hoover Dam

This was a fun, funny stop for us. We did have to wait out a delay of opening the dam at the nearby Lake Mead view point. After the brief delay we were on our way to check out this dam historical monument. While we opted out of the exhibits we did walk the dam and visit the gift shop.

A little Dam history. Hoover Dam was built during the depression. It took less than 5 years for thousands of workers to complete. The Winged Figures of the Republic, by artist Oskar J. W. Hansen, sit on the Nevada side of the dam and are part of the commemoration of the dams dedication by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The Dam bathrooms. This was the best mens bathroom my boys have ever been in according to them. As described by our middle son they had cool old style bathtub like urinals, boxy metal sinks, gold lining around the mirrors. The entire bathroom was black marbled granite. To get into the bathrooms they had to climb a flight of stairs, passing a window with a view looking out the leeward side of the dam. They felt like they were stepping back in time. I’m sure if you would like to know more you can google more information or plan your own visit!

For more information go to the Hoover Dam Website.