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Timpanogos Cave

American Fork Canyon
Mount Timpanogos
Alpine Utah

$3.00 to get in to American Fork Canyon
If you have a National Parks Pass, they will waive the entrance fee, but you have to tell them that you are going to Timpanogos Cave.

$6.00 to get a pass for the tour guide. (I would pay $12 to not have the guide, but I understand the guide is more like a security guard protecting the fragile rock structures).

The last time I hiked Timpangos Cave I was about 3 or 4 years old.

TImpanogos Cave was discovered in 1887 because all the lower trees had been chopped down in the canyon, and a guy had to climb half a mile up the ridge just to find wood.
(He followed cougar tracks the rest of the way). His name was Martin Hansen, and his section was so terribly looted that the people that discovered the second cave kept it a secret.

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October 8, 2002

Timpanogos Cave Trail

Along the way up, you come to this little tunnel which is part to the earthquake faultline.

Timpanogos Cave Tour Guide

The tourguide makes the entrance. From here you get a 10-15 minute introduction
and get-to-know-you-better session. You might want to bring your No-Doz.

Timpanogos Cave

Inside the anticlimactic Hansen Cave. I asked the tour guide how long the tour would take.
Her response was something like "You ain't going no where, HA HA HA!"

Timpanogos Cave Scientist

This scientist was scraping fungus off the stalactite to find out it's DNA.

Timpanogos Cave

Depositing roughly 1/4 inch every century = A long time.

Looking up at the drip nodes above us.

Do you know what these drip nodes remind me of? - Upside down Bryce Canyon.

This limestone formation looks like something from the movie "Alien".

Stalactite Heaven

Timpanogos Cave is famous for this very rare phenomenon
The case isn't closed on how these form.

Micro Helictites
I think that this type of cave formation occurs when minerals are not just diposited on the bottom tip,
but diposited at the connection to the wall, and the bottom tip,
with a likelyhood that at the connection, there are little vessels where the water slowly flows.

Kind of like those 4rth-of-July extruding snakes that grow out of the road like black chalk pasta.
But upside down in extreme slow motion.

Timpanogos Heart

The 4,000 pound "Heart" of Timpangos.
The tour guide gave an emotional speech about the legend surrounding Timpanogos,
which involves a indian squaw turning into Mount Timpanogos.
You might want to bring your cowboy boots and a fresh Kleenex for this one.

Stalagtites and Stalagmites

Stalactites and Stalagmites

A dripping wax formation

Let me out of here!

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