Sunday, February 17, 2013

Exploring Hidden Caves, Fallon, NV

We went to Fallon, NV, yesterday. We went to a place called 'Hidden Caves', where there are 3 hidden caves in the hills. They are in this area that used to be a huge lake, hundreds of years ago. They have a trail that goes to each of the caves.

Near 'Burnt Cave'. Looking at the rock formations, as there is a lot of calcification here too, like at Pyramind Lake.

These layers of rock are thin and held together by the calcium deposits that look like cement between the layers.

Burnt Cave.

I had to get out of the car in downtown Fallon, NV to look at the plaque in front of the historic Overland Hotel. It was built in 1907.

Picnic cave. This 'tufa' stuff is the same stuff we saw at pyramid lake, because this area here was once underwater.

Dry lakebed, used to be covered with water.

Another hidden cave, very small.

Can you find Carson and Tucker?

Mishmash rock all crammed together with calcium between.

This was a narrow crevice with a thick white line back there.

The white line was more calcium between the cracks. Our theory is that back when this area was covered with water, all the minerals floating in the water came together and when the water dried up, the minerals became a paste and went all between the cracks and hardened as it all dried out.

Savannah is sad cause we won't let her jump off this cliff!

Pyramid Lake outing

Walking down towards the lake.

Some of the odd calcium deposits, called 'tufa'.

Me, fascinated by the 'tufa' on the shores of the lake.

Again, me, wondering what this stuff is and how it was formed and how long it took to get there.

We all liked climbing all over the 'tufa'.

The tufa took all kinds of shapes and forms, some looked like brain coral. It was very jagged and rough stuff, and some of it would break apart really easily.


Savannah in a new dress, eating a powdered donut.

Pah Rah

Brand new, awesome park in Sparks just down the street from us. The grass is fake, and there is a big climbing structure with ropes, and a merry go round!