Thursday, September 29, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 noon
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Crawford State Park
10381 Boundary Road, Metaline Falls, WA
From Spokane, take highway 2 north to SR 211, and turn left. Continue on to SR 20, and turn left again, heading north. At Tiger, SR 20 turns left to Colville, but you should continue heading north on SR 31. Follow signs to Ione, Metaline and Metaline Falls. Once in Metaline, follow highway signs to Crawford State Park.
Crawford State Park Heritage Site is a 49-acre, forested day-use park featuring Gardner Cave. Descend 90 feet beneath the surface on a guided tour of the third-longest limestone cave in Washington. Stalactites, like icicles, cling to the cave roof. Stalagmites build from the cave floor up. Where the two meet, a column is formed. The 7.8-ton Gardner Cave column is the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Human imagination has led to the naming of several other formations: the Frozen Waterfall, Christmas Tree, Roast Turkey, Lopsided Wedding Cake, Queen’s Throne and the Frog. You are welcome to stay in the cave and at Crawford State Park until it closes at 6 pm. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch.
The geologic history of the cave is far older, of course. About 500 million years ago, the site was ocean floor. The shells of dead sea creatures decomposed into an ooze that would eventually become limestone. The uplift of the Selkirk Mountains caused the limestone sediment to fold and crack. Later, as water seeped and dripped into the cavern through the calcium-rich limestone, an array of deposit formations began growing into unique and interesting cave features.
Ages: all ages welcome
What to bring: Wear a jacket, as the cave is a constant 39 degrees.
Tour Limits: 25 people
Parking: A Discover Pass is required. You have to purchase a one-day pass ($10) or an annual pass ($30) in advance online, at a retailer, or at the park.
Cost: Free if you show up. There is a $4 registration fee per person that will be fully refunded after the field trip as long as you show up.
Payment is required in advance via PayPal, credit card, debit card, check, or cash. There is no "Pay at the Door." Your spots with our group are saved when payment is received. Payment is due 2 days before the event. If payment is not received by then, your reservation will be cancelled.
Cancellation Policy: You can have a full refund if you contact Exploring Families by September 26, 2016. There is no refund if you cancel after September 26, 2016.