Getting away is wonderful, especially when exploring such exotic (to us Easterners) landscapes as those found on a day trip to Colorado Springs.
Cave of the Winds was just one of our destinations that day. As pretty experienced cave tourists, we chimed right in when the guide asked, "What is the most important rule of caves?"
Answer: Don't touch anything. The formations are suprisingly fragile, even though they're made of rock, and they take centuries to grow. Do. Not. Touch. Anything.
We saw stalactites, so named because they hold "tight" to the ceiling:
We saw stalagmites, so named because (according to our guide, in the early days of cave exploration with poor lighting) you "might" trip over them, or you "might" not:
But we also learned about two new formations I wasn't familiar with.
Apparently, Cave of the Winds was one of the very first caves to receive electric lighting. Thomas Edison himself supposedly toured the cave and was impressed with the illumination. Hence, this new formation on the ceiling: