Caves of Crystal
A few hours drive from my house you start to get into the emptier region of Pennsylvania. What they lack in people, they make up for in natural sites and unique tourist attractions.
Near Kutztown is a place called Crystal Cave. When you pull in to the parking lot the rest of the complex is laid out up the hill. On the left is the ticket office, where they not only sell tickets and snacks but knickknacks and edible bugs…
At the top of the hill is the entrance to the cave, where your start your tour with a introductory video. An old video. It explains where the cave came from, how it formed, and who found it. A guide then leads you through the cave, explaining the different formations. Rule number one is don’t touch anything, since the oils on your hand ‘kill’ the growth of new formations.
One of the rooms used to be bigger, but rocks from the ceiling fell and effectively created two rooms on top of one another. The rooms were used to store food (it has a constantly cool temperature). At one point a whole wedding took place inside, and they even brought a piano inside.
So, the caves were pretty cool. The formations and the bright green moss on the walls were beautiful. It was nice inside compared to the high, high heat outside.
I have to say I was disappointed with the store, though. There were so many ‘Native American’ products, none of them authentic or made by Natives. At least they were all marked.
Lenape word of the post: òlhakeike many caves in the ground