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Published: June 25th 2014
Michelle was enraptured by the cave.
Day 8 - A Grand Day Out
We started our day with a drive north towards Buxton. Over the years we've been to many caves and try to go caving on every trip. This trip we added Poole's Cavern to the list. It's a cave with a long history of use from the early Brittons and Romans to highwaymen and thieves. Tours have been led there since the 1600s. The cave is still being formed and regularly has a river running through it. Fortunately for us, the area has been having a bit of a dry spell and the river was down to a trickle. There was on formation at the end of the tour that normally had water running over it. since it was dry today we could see the beautiful patterns and the sparkling crystals that covered it. After Poole's Cavern we headed around Sherwood Forest and towards Lincoln. We stopped for lunch in a small tearoom. While we were eating the rain finally caught up with us. It was the first rain we'd seen since coming to England. Tony ran back to the car to grab the umbrella and we braved the rain to explore
Finally a good one
Not all cave pictures turn out well but this one is pretty good.
Lincoln Castle. Lincoln Castle was built shortly after London Tower by William the conqueror. The castle is being renovated and only the grounds, one prisoner tower and a section of wall were open. The tower was used as a prison for many years and evidence of the prisoners boredom was easy to see. Michelle enjoyed climbing down into the lower level and hiding in the shadows to try and scare Anne. The view from the top of the castle wall was stunning. We could see across the town to the Lincoln cathedral, which was even bigger and more ornate than the castle. We tried to view the Bishops Palace but, being a Tuesday it was closed. From Lincoln we headed towards the coast. The guide book talked about an area of England called the Fens. It's a soggy area on the northeast coast that was drained to make more farmland. We worked our way there, after many wrong turns and side trips. The coast seemed very similar to what we have at home. Afterwards we worked our way back to Wychnor through Threadneedle, Boston, and the outskirts of Nottingham. We ran into a bit of road work and took a
It's dead Jim
according to the guide, the oils on our skin makes the formations waterproof so they stop growing. This one was in the middle of the path and was killed years ago. It's the only one they let us touch.
detour through Clifton, a town with the most speed humps we have ever seen. Eventually we made our way through the detours and found the British equivalent of Applebee's, the Hungry Horse. Many of the Pubs here have you order at the bar and give the number of the table you are sitting at. A server then brings your food to your table when it's ready. The booth we sat at had a TV in the wall and we watched the British version of America's Funniest Videos while we waited for our food. After dinner we finally made our way back home. Today was very long and tomorrow is another unplanned day. We may just hang around the resort, take a nap, and play a little golf.
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