To the Ends of the Earth

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Longhorn Cavern— Located just about 1.5 hours from Austin, Texas, the Longhorn Cavern State Park is a cave that offers tours and hiking opportunities to anyone interested in the geology of Texas. You can explore the cavern via paid guided tours. In this 1.5-mile round trip tour, you’ll visit the Crystal City, see the Queen’s Watchdog, Indian Council Room and the Underground Ballroom among other cave features. For those more adventurous, there is also a wild cave tour (about 2-3 hours), and that will require crawling through an undeveloped section of the cave. One of the nicest things about the cave is its constant 68-degree temperature: the perfect place to be in the hot summer months! There are even photography tours for small groups interested in taking photographs of the most scenic rooms at their own pace (generally 3 hours long). Dedicated as a state park in 1932, the cave opened to the public in 1938. It became a National Natural Landmark in 1971. Like other central Texas caverns, the Longhorn Cavern is a limestone cave formed through the cutting action of an underground river thousands of years ago. The photo above shows the exit to the cave.

 

Aperture: ƒ/3.9
Camera: COOLPIX AW100
Taken: 28 July, 2012
Focal length: 5mm
ISO: 125
Location: 30° 41.0633′ 0″ N 98° 21.047′ 0″ W
Shutter speed: 1/640s