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ROUTE: We’ll meet at the Sierra Summit Theatre’s Parking Lot (park in the area closest to Mt Rose Hwy) @ 9:00am. We’ll head south on 395 then take a slight left unto 88 (at around Minden). We’ll continue on 88 for about 80 miles and take a slight right onto Volcano Pioneer Road to the Black Chasm Cavern National Park. We have reservations for two tours (20 people each) at 12:00 noon and 12:20 pm but need to arrive by 11:45. Tours are $13.95/person with coupon – http://www.caverntours.com/cavecoupon.htm. After the tours we’ll head to Theresa’s Place (http://www.facebook.com/Teresas1921), 1235 Jackson Gate Road (15 miles from Volcano). An Italian style “linner” (dinner) awaits us around 2:30-2:45 for $16.50/person (inlcudes tax & tip) but not bar. The menu will be: Minestrone Soup and Salad, family style, Pesto pasta, Sirloin, bread and butter, coffee, iced tea, and ice cream. (Follow the mapped route link @ http://g.co/maps/hqec8)
COSTS: $13.95.00/person with coupon for the Black Chasm Cavern Tour. $15.00/person for lunch at Theresa’s Place.
Black Chasm Cavern (http://www.caverntours.com/BlackRt.htm) was designated a National Natural Landmark (http://www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/site.cfm?Site=BLCH-CA) by the National Park Service in 1976 after being recommended by local members of the National Speleological Society, and as such is considered a “nationally significant natural area.”
Visitors to the cave are enchanted by the beauty of a wide variety of formations including stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and the vast arrays of rare helictite crystals, for which Black Chasm Cavern is justly famous.
Our new 3,000 square foot Visitors Center provides information on Black Chasm Cavern’s connection to the Matrix trilogy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/), and displays props from the movies: huge manufactured stalagmites from the Zion set. In addition, information is displayed on the discovery and mapping of numerous fragile, highly decorated, small chambers in Black Chasm Cavern by a team headed by Dr Hazel Barton (http://www.amazingcaves.com/set_film_explorers.html) who starred in the iMax movie “Journey into Amazing Caves“ (http://www.amazingcaves.com/).