Have you ever been to the bat exhibit in the zoo and thought, “This is crazy, how would it be to really live in a cave?”
We all have had that question at one point or another. Unfortunately (or maybe super fortunately depending on how you feel about it) caves aren’t as ideal of a living situation for humans as it is for bats.
However, we can help you find a sustainable home that is ideal for humans! Plus, we can even help you find a warm and welcoming home near the caves. That way, when you come home from a long day of playing in the dirt, you can peel off your cold, mud-caked jeans, take a hot shower, put on your softest jammies, and relax in a home all of your own.
What’s it really like being in a cave?
The short answer is: super awesome! If you’ve never been in a cave, you might imagine that it’s a tight, damp, stressful space. In some cases, it can be, but that type of cave exploration is best left to the experts.
When it comes to tourist caves, also called show caves, the caves are wide, spacious rooms that allow for standing and comfortable movement. In fact, some caves are so big people can comfortably hold weddings and concerts inside! Naturally, depending on the tour and the cave, there are often still plenty of passageways you can snake through and smooth sides to slide down. However, your tour guide will be well-practiced in safety of the cave and what would be appropriate to do and what wouldn’t. So be sure to listen to your tour guide! You wouldn’t want to army crawl through a tunnel only to find out there’s a 200-foot immediate drop-off at the end. Additionally, as beautiful as they are, stalagmites and stalactites are dangerous to touch so be sure to look with your eyes and not your hands!
Impress Your Family! What’s the best way to remember which is which? StalaCtites have a C because they are one the Ceiling while stalaGmites have a G because they’re on the Ground. Easy peasy, right?
As you can imagine, the lack of constricting space doesn’t mean being in the cave feels like you’re in a normal room. People are often surprised by how cold caves are. Even in show caves, the deeper you go, the colder the cave becomes. So they’re definitely serious when they tell you to bring a jacket! There’s a lot less mud than people would assume, as well. Occasionally there is a creek running through the cave, but for the majority, tourist spelunking is more like walking on packed-down clay. The air is crisp, clean, and smells like a mixture of fresh pottery clay and the mud pies you made as a kid. Not to mention, the acoustics inside a cave are amazing and in some cases, the sound reverberates so well, the tour guide might ask you to whisper instead of speak at a normal volume.
Caves in Boerne
If you didn’t know, Texas is famous for at least nine show caves, and Boerne is home to two of them! What a great reason to move to Boerne! Both caves are open for tourists and are natural, living caverns. What’s the difference between a cavern and a cave? We’re glad you asked! A cavern is a type of cave and is differentiated by its mouth opening, formation, and ecosystem. All caverns are caves, but not all caves are caverns!
Cave Without A Name
She’s a beaut! The Cave Without A Name has been open for public tours since 1939 and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. The wonders of her formations are vast with collections of stalagmites and stalactites that are layered, long, and breathtaking. The cavern itself sits roughly 80 feet below the surface and maintains a chilly 66 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. After descending the 126 steps, the cave and the “Queen’s Throne Room” is an unforgettable experience, especially if you’re there to view a concert or hold a conference.
Cascade Caverns Park
The world of Cascade Caverns is fully immersive and stunning. The tour of the caverns is roughly an hour long and snakes through multiple corridors at a chilling 64 degrees Fahrenheit. She was first discovered in 1842 but it wasn’t until a doctor and his wife fell in love with the landscape that her true caverns were explored in 1875. In fact, given Boerne’s Germanic roots it should come as no surprise that a German author published a popular series in the local German paper of a fictional man who lived in the caverns to escape the Civil War. The novelette was translated and republished in the 1930’s by May E. Francis with the name “The Hermit Of The Cavern.” Plus this cave’s ecosystem is wild. Several bones of saber-toothed tigers (among other prehistoric animals) and Native American artifacts now reside in the Smithsonian Institute! Be warned though, because Cascade Caverns Park is one of the oldest living caves in Texas and all-natural, there is occasional flooding that shuts down tours. So be sure to call ahead!
Are you ready to explore the caverns and have fallen in love hearing about — or even better, visiting — the landscape of Boerne? We love that journey for you. Let us help you memorialize your love by helping you build a home in Boerne! We have a wide selection of customizable townhome floor plans! It’s perfect for making a soft and cozy refuge after hanging out with the bats in the caves all day. Call today!