Friday, May 30th - Big Gyp Cave - Pictures
Area Around the Cave
These are the Red Hills of southwestern Kansas. The white rock is gypsum.
The cave is actually a tunnel with a stream flowing through it. This picture, taken from directly on top of the cave, shows the upstream entrance.
This shows a longer view of the country. Certainly this little part of Kansas is not flag!
The Cave Interior Walls
The following are a bunch of photos from inside the cave. One shows the petroglyphs (but they are hard to see). The photos have been contrast and color enhanced to show more details.
(yellow is from flashlight)
This shows the gypsum rocks on the north wall, with the stream at the bottom.
More cave wall.
Little Waterfall and Soapstone
This shows a little waterfall over a soapstone dam. This is believed to be the only soapstone in Kansas. The soapstone is the smooth looking rock throughout the picture.
Why You Get Muddy in a Cave
Note the footprints. Also the cave ceiling at this point is about 3 feet. The mud is about a foot deep.
Post-Cave Beth - Mud and First Aid
(Note: The frown is staged. Actually she had a great time)
Car Near the Cave
Beth and the Spider Web