This is the crystal clear lake for which the caves are named:
They refer to this stuff as "cave bacon":
This stuff is onyx, which apparently will shine light through it no matter how thick it is:
And here's the group after the tour with our trusty tour guide:
Next we crossed the river into Illinois and spent some time in beautiful Galena.
We went to this awesome winery for some wine-tasting and some "group therapy"
We got some amazing wine called Oktoberfest from Galena Cellars that I can't wait to have. Since we were all a little tipsy from too much wine tasting and not enough food, we headed to lunch.
Brett & I:
Doc. J and Jamie:
After lunch we went and walked around the downtown area. They have so many fantastic shops. Here is one of our favorites... an entire garlic store!
Finally, to relax after our tough day of cave exploring and shopping, we stopped at Frank O'Dowds Authentic Irish Pub on our way out of town. The kegs chained up out front really add a nice touch. ;-)
For more pictures from the day, go here.