I’ve had something on my bucket list for awhile now and I’m glad to say we crossed it off last weekend!
Craig had Sunday off and was itching to get out of the house. It was a beautiful day and I have been wanting to go to Spook Cave for a long time now! There are two caves local to our house. One I went to when I was in high school with my family called Niagara Cave, it’s a cave you can walk through. The other cave is called Spook Cave and that’s a boat tour through a cave. Both are about an hour from our house.
We decided to head towards the river, (the Mississippi river that is) and go to Spook Cave. We got there early in the morning and we hopped on one of the first tours of the day. I didn’t get many pictures from the tour, it was very dark and I didn’t want to risk losing my phone in the water. If you’re claustrophobic this probably isn’t the best tour for you. There were a lot of spots we had to duck down or crouch in the boat to get through some pretty narrow openings. Carver and Gannon had so much fun on the tour, especially Carver who is a Minecraft junkie. Their commentary had us cracking up the whole time.
The tour guide asked us where we were all from, the adults responded and then Gannon says, “How to come you are where from?” It was his baby yoda way of asking the tour guide where they were from. It was adorable.
They had little jokes planted through the cave, they had what the tour guide referred to as a “lizard” skeleton perched on the shore when Carver piped up, “That’s actually a Dilophosaurus.” He correctly identified the dinosaur skeleton and was confident enough to correct the tour guide.
Then it was time to go sifting through sand to find some minerals! The boys LOVED this part! They used the sifters and got some minerals – here they are identifying their finds. Carver found some “real life” minerals that he had heard of on Minecraft – he couldn’t believe he saw them in real life!
They’ve got a beautiful campground, gift store, playground, and a few waterfalls too. If I was a camper, I’d want to camp there.
We headed to eat next, my bestie Regan and her family spend a ton of time at the river in Prarie Du Chein, WI which is just over the border. She had some good recommendations for some fun and some good food. We decided on a restaurant we could sit outside at and watch the boats go in and out of the Marina. The weather was just beautiful.
Regan also recommended Prarie Fun Land – they had bouncy houses and go-kart racing. Would 10/10 recommend a few go kart races, they had family karts so I took Gannon and Craig took Carver. That was the highlight of their day. They spent a good 45 minutes in the bouncy house too.
The boys loved going over the Mississippi river and seeing the barges and a great time was had by all. We stopped at the Effigy mounds, an Indian burial ground, on the way out of town but I was pooped and Carver fell in the weeds so that cut our visit short. If I was in a hiking mood we would have stayed a little longer. Pikes Peak is also a really cool area to visit if you’re in town.
Overall, we had a great Sunday, everyone got a good nap in, we were home in time to get to a graduation party and tidy up the house.