Wednesday, May 8, 2013
DIAMOND CAVERNS RESORT
We are at Diamond Caverns Resort, one of the most beautiful we've ever stayed in through the Thousand Trails membership system. After the Corvette Museum, we pulled in late in the day, got set up, but didn't have a chance to look around. Yesterday, I had a pile of paperwork to complete and mail. Returning from the post office in nearby Cave City, late in the day, we had a chance to look around.
An old barn surrounded by mustard flower caught Jim's eye and we stopped to take a picture.
This big bull, I shot through the window. His harem was off in the distance on a hillside. We are near Mammouth Cave which is a National Park. It is common to find other caves in an area that has them.
We took the opportunity to stop by the resort's main building which is next to their golf course and is also the entrance to Diamond Caverns. The cavern is part of that same system that created Mammouth millions of years ago.
Fronted by an irresistible formal garden, let the lens show you.
Beautiful fountains, rocks and the lovely sound of water.
Expert planning shows in the contrast of colors placed to excite the senses.
At home, I have an iris about the color of this one. Since I'm missing them at home, I appreciate these the more.
Honoring many textures and leaf types.
What a great soother after a hectic day.
For a fee, children (adults, too) can dip the sluice boxes into the running flume water and find gemstones to take home. Cooling and clever.
Inside the lobby, a natural stone fireplace enhanced by two parentheses geodes; beautiful wooden surfaces throughout the building.
The picture above the fireplace is of the inside of Diamond Cavern, carefully lined with paved walkways and strung with lights, that customers may see the beauty and color of the formations, like the ribbon of bacon top right.
All types of gemstones, geodes, and fossils both polished and natural are sold in the gift shop. The collection is of huge examples, rather than put in your pocket samples.
The campground part of the resort is about a half-mile distant from the resort building. It has a mini golf course.
Kids play land.
Welcoming rockers sit on the porch, with a bench swing, tables and lounge chairs.
Inside is a nicely comported gym, spa, library, internet room, television and recreation hall. Outside a swimming pool, which is getting prepped to open for Memorial Day Weekend. Nice spot to spend a couple weeks, but our time will be short as we push for Connecticut for June graduation.