In an effort to catch you up on all the awesome trips I’ve been taking this summer and haven’t had the chance to tell you about yet, I’m going to try out something a bit different this month.
I won’t be doing my usual thing where I write one super-duper long post of fifty-bajillion words about ALL THE THINGS I did and saw and ate while on a trip. It’s summer, guys! Ain’t nobody got time for fifty-bajillion words!
Instead I’m going to be writing shorter, more focused posts about each individual thing I did and saw and ate while on a trip and spreading those posts out over the week. Because I wouldn’t want to leave out any of THE THINGS, you guys.
This week, I’m going to be talking about my trip to Lockport and the Erie Canal last month. Prepare yourself for all kinds of canaly goodness. (And, yes, canaly is totally a word. So there.)I do not like caves.
Not even a little bit.
In fact, caves are on my list of things that scare the bejesus out of me. And, yes, I do have a list.
Well, it’s more like a Pinterest board.
Don’t you have a Pinterest Board of Fears? I thought that was what Pinterest was for, you guys.
But it wasn’t like I was going to turn them down. I mean, FREE TRIP, you guys! Sure, maybe it would turn out to be a FREE TRIP TO THE CAVE OF DOOM. But, still, FREE TRIP!When I showed up at my tour, I was greeted by my tour guide, Clancy, who promptly serenaded me using a piano which just so happened to be standing by.
He probably does that for all the ladies who are freaked out about going on the cave tour. But I’d like to think this was extra special and just for me.
(Note to all of my future tour guides: I will expect you to serenade me. On a piano, preferably. But I will also accept ukulele serenades. Please and thank you.)
After the impromptu serenade, Clancy took us on a walk around the Lockport Locks and along the towpath towards the cave’s entrance. While we walked, we were given a brief history of the Canal, the locks and the cave.
As it turns out the cave is not actually a cave, but an old hydraulic tunnel built back in the mid-1800’s to provide power to a number of nearby factories.All of this made it sound a lot more civilized and a lot less CAVE OF DOOMY, so I was starting to feel pretty good about my chances of survival.
That is until we showed up at the entrance of the cave. Which pretty much looked like the entrance to every nightmare I’ve ever had EVER.
Inside the cave was pretty how you’d expect a cave to be – big and dark and drippy. Except with a lot more corrugated steel bits and lights.
Also, because it’s not technically a cave, there are absolutely no bats. Not that I’m complaining. Because bats also happen to be on my list of things that scare the bejesus out of me. Or, err, Pinterest board, as the case may be.In fact, as far as underground lairs go this place was pretty classy.
It felt kind of like a big huge wine cellar of some crazy, eclectic millionaire.
I could even imagine throwing some pretty fun parties down here. If I were the type to throw parties in dark, drippy underground lairs. Which I’m not, but, hey, a girl can dream, right?
My favorite part about the tour was definitely the part with the boat. Because UNDERGROUND BOAT, you guys. I mean, seriously, how cool is that?
The boat ride felt surprisingly peaceful — in a drippy, dark cavey kind of way.After this trip, it’s possible my entire opinion of caves has changed.
I may even have to take caves off my Pinterest Board of Fears.
Or, at least, move them on to another board — the Pinterest Board of Stuff That’s Pretty Awesome As Long as There Are Boats and Not a Single Bat Involved.Are you a cave-lover or hater? Have you taken any cool cave tours? P.S. Thanks to Niagara Tourism & Convention Center for arranging my trip and to Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Tours for an awesome tour.