Wednesday, October 5, 2016

California Caverns



We just completed our trip to California Caverns where we got to explore several rooms full of speleothems! At one point, we were 150 feet underground in the coolness of 53˚ temperatures. We got to experience complete darkness and lighting from the Gold Rush era. We were surrounded by calcite and limestone, which we have studied in class. We squeezed through tight spaces, and saw things that could only exist under the ground. Hopefully, everyone found some great gems during their gemstone mining time, too. 

Tell the world about California Caverns:

What was it like for you there? 

What did you enjoy? 

What was something that amazed you? 

What did you learn there? 

Was there something that you didn't like? 

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Create a post with a strong opening sentence to get your reader interested. Add some exceptional details and try to get your reader excited about California Caverns just by reading your blog. Remember to keep an eye on good spelling and conventions. Let's eliminate the run-ons! 

Get descriptive, add good thoughts, and teach people from all over the world about California Caverns!

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  1. There is gonna be a lot of stuff to write about.That was fun!

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  2. It was a dark and scary cave. I feel the cool swift breeze on my skin. The echo of our tour guide’s voice could not be heard due to my noisy classmates. Going to the California Cavern was AWESOME!!! When we first arrived (from the most boring and exhausting 2 hour drive) we went to the gift shop. I seriously couldn’t find out what to buy so I bought False Gold and some rocks. Once everyone was done shopping, we started gemstone mining. After I was done, I checked to see what gemstones I got. I found out that I panned orange topaz, diamond, and many more. When everyone finished panning we then headed toward the cave. I was so excited. I had waited for that field trip for weeks. Suddenly, we stopped at a small door that lead into a cave. Our guide, Ben said, “Are you excited to go in the cave? YEAH!” Ben said, “Well too bad because this is are exit.” SERIOUSLY? Then, Ben led us to another door to a cave. “This is the entrance. Now grab a helmet and let’s go!” As soon as we all grabbed a helmet and put it on we ventured into the cave. It was SO AWESOME!!! Then he told my group about every room and what it was used for. Seeing everything that I only saw in pictures was nothing compared to seeing it with my own eyes!!! I learned a few things. First, it takes more than 1,000 years to make a column. Second, that when a soda straw is formed, if too much pressure is put on the bottom of a soda straw, it spirals out because it can’t hold any more weight on the bottom. That happens because soda straws are as thin as real soda straws. Third, there was a room called “the jungle room” because it had funny shaped flowstone that looked like a herd of elephants, a scorpion, and gorge Washington.

    I enjoyed going gemstone mining because when I was done I could see all the gemstones I collected.

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    1. The jungle room was so cool yet got my hips hit .So fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. um i think the gold was real but why they did not weigh a lot was because they were flakes not reguler gold sincere elias

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    3. I love the jungle room. There is so much to see in there.

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    4. The jungle room had a lot of stalagmites and stalactites that were shaped like animals(and a human)

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    5. Great job on describing the cave. Is the last thing the flowstone looked like supposed to be George Washington? Great Blog!

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    6. It wasn't false! Anyway great blog.

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    7. Good ideas Elizabeth! Also,great description. But are you sure you found topaz and diamond? Maybe it looks like them but also maybe not!

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    8. The flowstone in the cave did make some weird shapes. Graet job though.

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  3. I hope everyone likes my post.

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  4. Did you like California Caverns?Anyone?

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  5. good thinking but for gemstone mining I don't think you can get oarnge topaz or dimonds but anyway good blog.

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    1. By the way Grant, I really found Topaz.It said on the card.

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    2. Nice blog Elizabeth!

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  6. Please don't laugh at my post.

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    1. we would get in trouble if we laugh so dont think about someone laughing

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    2. It's all about respecting each other's work!

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    1. You did an awesome job! Great blog!

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  8. California Caverns

    A cool breeze blew out of the dark hole in the mountain wall. That hole was a cave’s entrance. I looked in but found myself looking into complete darkness. I was at California Caverns.

    As we approached, a steep hill rose before me. Just over that hill was California Caverns. The car bounced over the bumpy road to the California Cavern’s gift shop. I got out of the car and joined my classmates in the gift shop. Everyone was running around and buying things. I bought a geode and a little glass bottle filled with tiny chunks of silver.

    Ten or fifteen minutes after we arrived half the class, including me, went to a long wooden box that looked like a trough. There were sifters lying across the trough. We were told we were going gemstone mining. The bags were full of sand and gemstones. We were going to pour the contents of the bags onto the sifter. The water that was flowing through the trough would wash the sand away and leave the gemstones behind. I found lots of quartz, a few amethyst pieces, and lots of other gems.

    Next, a tour guide named Ben took us down a dirt path to the entrance of the cavern but before we could go in we had to put on helmets.
    You could feel a chilly draft if you stood in front of the cave entrance. It was steep and rocky when you walked through the first tunnel.

    There were lights installed in the caverns but at one point during the tour, the tour guide let us experience what the caverns would look like without the lights. It was so dark that I could not see my hand even if I put it in front of my eyes and waved it.

    The caverns had speleothems everywhere! Those are rocky formations. We saw soda straws and cave bacon. There was even a rimstone dam! My favorite part was when we got to touch a structure jutting out of the cavern floor. It was amazing how long it took for the stalagmites, stalactites and columns to become very long. An interesting thing I learned was that if to much pressure presses in the end of a soda straw it starts to branch out. It looks like Spanish moss.


    My favorite room was the jungle room. There were lots of stalactites that looked like an animal or a human. There was one stalagmite that looked like an animal. It was a highlight.

    California Caverns was an astonishing maze of caverns. The caverns were filled with incredible and unbelievable structures. California Caverns was a very fun and wonderful field trip. It is worth seeing if you are in this part of California.

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    1. Good description and very eye catching! Great work Kaser!

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    2. I like the part where all the lights were turned off, too. I am always amazed at how dark it gets.

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    3. I mean thanks for the support!

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    4. It took a long time to write this blog,so thanks for the support!!

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    5. Wow Kaser! As I read your blog I felt as if I was at the cavern again. Great description!

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    6. Wow Kaser great blog! I totally agree with Alexandra!

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    7. Excellent job Kaser!!! You really brought the cavern back to life through your blog!

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    8. I liked it when you got to touch the stalagmite too. I really liked how you described everything.

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  9. It was cold, dark but very exciting! At first, I didn’t know what they were but as I looked closely I saw many beautiful details carved and created into the old walls, but most importantly I noticed a beautiful big piece of rock almost looking exactly like a woman in a very long but astonishing dress. I never knew that caves could be so very beautiful until now. The next room we entered was unlike the room we had just entered but more jungle like. I saw many other big minerals carved into animals I noticed a wolf and a bird like face these carvings almost looked very realistic it was very beautiful.
    After the cave we moved on to mining I expected pickaxes and a piece of stone we were going to hit but what we did was the COMPLETE opposite, we got bags of dirt with minerals inside, at first I wasn’t very excited but as we started pouring the dirt into the strainers and moving it back and forth over water I notice this sparkle in the dirt I grabbed the beautiful sparkle and noticed I had found a small piece of amethyst it was so amazing as I stared at it in awe, I realized I had to keep on trying to find more beauty’s like this and a few minutes later a I had! I had found minerals of all sort, they were so astonishing I almost drooled! I couldn’t believe my eyes it was a kind of big piece of calcite it was so sparkly I loved it! After all the excitement it was time to eat lunch, after we finished lunch and filled our tummies up, we had to pack up and leave. California Caverns is one of the best places I have been to! It’s the total Package!

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    1. Good description, Angel! Your excitement comes through in the tone of your blog!

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    2. I really like the part about the woman in the dress. I like the way you described what carvings you saw in the cave wall.

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    3. WOW! You described the caverns amazingly. I also LOVE the part about the dress.

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    4. What is "it"? I mean at the begining of your blog Anyhow, AWESOME JOB!:)

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    5. It really did look like a woman in a dress. I liked the jungle room too.

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    1. You did an amazing job with your blog Angel! I really like the way you made your blog, it really describes how you felt!

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  11. California Caverns

    Before I entered, I could feel the cold breeze
    blowing at me. As I stared into the deep
    cavern, I wondered what could be in there.
    As we walked through the narrow cavern, I
    saw many different types of speleothems
    including stalagmites, stalactites, and many
    other types. My favorite room was the one
    Where they closed all the lights and we could
    See nothing. I like the flashlight invention
    Where they make a hole in the bucket and
    Stick a candle inside, because that way you
    could point the flashlight in wick direction
    You want it to go and the beam would be
    much stronger. There was also this other
    room where there is a lot of flowstone that
    Flows down like rootbeer. There is another
    Room where there are a lot of animals made out of flowstone and other different speleothems.
    My favorite animal was the scorpion made out
    of flowstone.There was a narrow and shallow
    room, shallow about three and a half feet, and
    Narrow about one and a half feet. There was a small hole in the ground, about one and a half
    Foot wide, and about five feet long. Inside the
    hole, there was a small room about the size of a small car. When we got out of the cave, i felt
    Like the sun was brighter than it ever was before. Then we did gemstone mining. We each got a bag of dirt with minerals inside. We put it in
    this box with a net on the bottom. After that
    we put the box in the water. All of the dirt
    fell of from the holes in the net, but the
    minerals were on the top of the net. We
    looked for more dirt in the water and put
    The dirt in the boxes. After that we had
    lunch. After lunch it was time to go back.

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    1. Great Blog Marcel! You described each room amazingly!

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    2. Good description, Marcel. I like your simile of the flowstone that flowed like root beer. That gave a good picture in my mind!

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    3. Marcel,you really hooked me in your story.Great job!!!

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    4. Great Blog, Marcel. You left me totally speachless in the end!!!

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    The average amount of people would think a cavern with danger and darkness would be the worst trip of their lives, but that’s not exactly true. California Caverns is a great place and also is a historic landmark. The sun shining, the warm breeze, and the sound of birds singing are some of the things one might hear when they are walking along the majestic trail. The gemstone mining is just a fragment of what is coming next, one is handed a bag of sand with minerals and gems inside. Then head toward the water trough and wash away the sand one bunch at a time. After finished, the people there will kindly hand one a card that tells one what is what. One could get rags to riches with gemstone mining. Walking along the trail to the actual cavern is next. The trail expresses nature at its best, before the tight entrance of the cavern the option to wear a helmet is told by the guide. It is highly recommended because there are some tight places.

    Enough about the nature let’s talk about the cavern! Right in front of the entry a chilling breeze will dance around. Get used to this because this will most likely be the temperature for the rest of the adventure. The first room is pretty small, even though it’s the size of an elephant, covered with speleothems on the ceiling. For example Soda Straws, Cave Bacon, Stalagmites, and Stalactites and probably more I can’t identify. There was a bridal chamber and yes people get married in a cavern though it isn’t frequent. The last wedding was 2012. It was named “The Bridal Chamber” because there was speleothems hanging from above to resemble a wedding cake, a massive column making a bride’s dress, a bride’s glove, and unrelated, Winnie the Poo. Around the Bridal Chamber you can see the back of the wedding dress which looks like a melting marshmallow. Sometime later, there is a place where you can see tiny columns made from soda straws and stalagmites. Somewhere at the end of the room you can touch a smooth stalagmite. It is one of the few things you can touch because a human hand contains chemicals that will prevent the incredible creations from growing into an even more incredible things. Just briefly after you touch the stalagmite, the tightest place in the cave is there. This is one of the places I enjoyed because it’s a fun challenge to not touch anything and be ducking through the place. I will admit I touched a wall on accident, but at least it wasn’t a stalagmite or stalactite. If your class or group is silent when needed to be and behaving well, the group gets to go to the Jungle Room. There were markings and speleothems that made animals and I think that is one of the reasons that they named it the Jungle Room. For example, Fossilized Yoshi, Giant Melting Marshmallow Scorpion, and a snail family crawling up a stalactite. Of course the animals are different to each and person but that is what I thought they looked like. After the scientific expedition, the group then goes to the exit of the cave. The cavern was one of the best experiences for me and will probably be the same for one of you.

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    1. Wow Artur! I liked the way you gave all the minor details about each room.

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    2. NICE Artur!!!!

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    3. Amazing job Artur! I like how you're really descriptive about all the rooms in the cave and also how you give so much attention to such minor deatails! Overall Great Job!

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    4. The description you gave is fun to read, Artur! Good work!

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    I thought California Caverns was awesome! Well obviously including gemstone mining that was really fun too. But anyway the cave was so COLD when I got out of the cavern I couldn’t feel my fingers. Now back to gemstone mining. I got some pretty cool rocks and some really pretty rocks.

    Including sodalite,fluorite,tons of obsidian,and some calcite SO COOL altogether I think this trip is probably better than all of Mr.Hurley’s field trips! It was also fun at lunch time we got to talk about the rocks that we got and it was really fun when we were arguing over what we thought the rocks were. And inside the cave when Ben our tour guide showed us the room that was the size of a Volkswagen I was shocked how did bigger people get in there!? The fake bat was cool too don’t you think.

    And when we were going into the Jungle Room that was really fun because it was such a tight squeeze to get in there and it was so slippery. But it was very weird when he pointed out “a Plumbers Nightmare,”and “fossil Yoshi,” but it was cool too. When we got of the cave I felt numb all over. And thanks for the wonderful trip Mr. LaMarr!!!

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    1. Great job Grant. You accidently put Mr. Hurley instead of Mrs. Hurley. Anyway, I loved how you described the Volkswagon room.

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    2. You are very welcome, Grant. I love California Caverns. A reader can sense the excited tone in your blog! It made me want to go back again!

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    The caverns were dark, cold, and amazing! It was formed in many different directions with Calcite and different stalactites. Stalactites such as stalagmites, speleothems, soda straws, cave pearls, flowstone, cave bacon, and more. The stalactites were very cool and so amazing. Our tour guide didn’t let us touch them because the oils on our fingers would prevent them from growing. Some of stalactites were huge and some were small. The stalactites take one hundred to millions of years to grow! When our tour guide turned off the lights in the cavern it was so dark that I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. Then our tour guide lit a candle so we can feel what it was like back then when there was no electricity. It was still dark even though there was a candle lit. After the cave tour we walked back to the gift shop and looked around.

    Then our tour guide told us that we can go gem mining. Everybody in my group got a bag of dirt, then we put the dirt on a sifter. Then we put the sifter in the water, then shook it in the water a little bit and found rocks and minerals. I had some big, cool rocks and some small, ordinary rocks. I get to take the rocks with me and I will remember this wonderful trip every time I see them. That was the end of my wonderful adventure at The California Caverns.

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    1. GOOD JOB Corin!! But You should have explained that we went inside the gift shop first because if you say "walked BACK to the gift shop" it doesn't really make sense unless. But GREAT JOB!!:)

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    2. Would you go into the cave without a light? I think it would be dangerous!

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  15. California Caverns Adventure
    Last Tuesday, my class went on a field trip to California Caverns, which is about 2 hours away from my school, Del Paso Manor. The Cavern was discovered by Captain Joseph Taylor around 1849 and he opened it for public tours.

    At the entrance to the Cavern, I noticed colorful rocks all over the place. I was anxious to go in immediately and see what the Cavern looked like. But before we could go in, we had to wear a helmet. When we finally were inside, I felt the cool breeze blow against my face. Then I saw carvings of words from hundreds of years ago, right in front of me. Not surprisingly, the words were Captain Taylor’s name carved by himself. The limestone wall is so astonishing and I couldn’t help touching it. But I didn’t touch it because the caverns rule was NO TOUCHING unless you accidently trip.

    The weirdest room I think is the wedding room. Inside the room is big long column, which was formed when a stalactite met a stalagmite. The column was also called the “wedding dress”. Other than a nice skinny column, instead it is a big and FAT column! While the baby stalactites were the “romantic candles”, a big and FAT and nicely shaped stalactite was a cake. Unfortunately, when the old miners came in, they smoked tobacco. The smoke took away some of the pretty calcite color and we cannot see the nice color but only little color remains. My favorite room, however, was the jungle room. First of all, it is not easy to get into. We went through a narrow and twisty path to get to the room. We had to duck our heads and could hear the nice sound of our helmet banging on the cavern top from time to time! When we were in the jungle room, I could see a group of elephants on the top left. Our tour guide said that we might be able to see Michael Jordan dunking a basketball! Although it really depends on what you think so you might not see it, and you might see it. On one of the wall I noticed a melted scorpion! Weird, I know!

    What I didn’t like was when we were exiting, our tour guide pointed out a bat. She said it was real, even though we could definitely tell it was fake. When we got out, we went gem stone mining store. Although the gem stones were not really mining, it was still fun! Each of students got two bags. One bag was filled with dirt and gems hidden inside. The other was empty so we could fill it with the collected gems. We were supposed to dump some of the dirt in to the pan and while the dirt washed away in the water. I collected my gems and put them in the other bag. In the end, we were allowed to take the rocks left behind, which means we got to go scavenging!!

    Overall, California Caverns was really fun! I hope to go there some time again to look at other mysterious and surprising rooms and experience more “mining” and scavenging for more really interesting rocks or minerals!

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    1. I like everything about your blog except your topic sentence it doesn't exactly describe what you felt but where you went and when but other than that everything was great! Just work on your description

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    2. Thanks Angel, I'll work on that, so next blog it will be better.THANKS!!!

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    3. Good, informative piece, Nicole. I hope you get to go back sometime, too.

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    4. Thank you Mr.Lamarr!

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  16. California Caverns was a fun, exiting, and great field trip. It was cool going on the tour in the dark cavern, going gemstone mining, and going to the gift shop.
    The tour in the cavern was creepy, but fun. There were lots of rooms such as the Jungle Room, the Bridge Room, and the Main Room. When you first enter the cavern, the floors and walls are all dry and dirty, but as you go in more, it gets cleaner and muddy. We entered different rooms and my favorite room was the Jungle Room because there were lots of speleothems and the walls were all white and clean. The passageway to the Jungle Room was very tight and small so some people couldn’t get in that easily. I was happy to get out of the caverns so I could stop stepping in mud.
    Gemstone Mining was lots of fun. We got a bag of dirt and we looked for gems and pretty rocks. Sometimes you would find a jackpot that has lots of rocks and gems that you want to keep. Some people scavenged after other people were done gemstone mining and found really cool gems.
    At the beginning of the field trip and after lunch, we got to go to a gift shop to buy cool stuff and souvenirs. You can get things like magnet rocks and geodes. I got 28 magnet rocks for only $5.00! I think the field trip to California Caverns was a exiting and a fun first field trip.

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    1. Awesome ideas Raymond But I really would suggest to double check your spelling errors

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    2. Amazing Blog Raymond! I have to agree with Angel on double checking your spelling. Amazing ideas! :)

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    3. I only see one misspelled word, actually.

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    4. You have a good summary here, Raymond. I like the Jungle Room best, too!

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  17. CALIFORNIA CAVERNS!!!!!!!!!!!



    Oh my gosh! What is going to happen next? Am I going to hit the jackpot or will I just get nothing?! I closed my eyes as I heard a crack in my geode. The clerk handed me my (hopefully gem filled) rock in a plastic bag. I clenched my teeth nervously for what I was about to see. I opened up the plastic bag slowly and carefully so nothing broke. I took my geode out of the bag and froze at what I saw before me. It was the prettiest thing in the world(at least to me). Almost like crystal heaven. After that big surprise I had to exit the gift shop. But that is okay because it was time to go gemstone mining! each one of us got our own bags of sand with gemstones inside each one and the fun part is you don't know witch gemstones your going to get. I took one hand and put it in the sand bag to grab some gems and the other hand worked the strainer. I got some really cool like a little bit of pyrite witch is really cool. Now time for the cavern. We got introduced to our tour guide, Ben who took half the class into the caves. He was the funniest ever. Every time somebody lost there hard hat he would say twenty push-ups but the first time he said it it was the funniest. we entered the cave that was so dark I was kind of getting scared,and I am a nine year old boy, so it's really scary. I Was relieved when I saw a light in the corner of the cavern and luckily there were lights all the way through the cavern. Ben warned us not to touch the cavern walls because if we do the oils on our skin would ruin the cavern walls and delay everything growing inside the cavern. My favorite part was when he named all the characters like java the hut,the weddings bride’s dress, and air Jordan. When I was looking around my tour guide pointed out some really cool stuff including a seahorse, and the scorpion made out of flowstone, witch flows like any liquid in the world. When my group was almost to the exit I saw a little hole in the ground, definitely easy to fit though. I wondered what it was so I asked and Ben said '' that is the volkswagon room because it was the size of a volkswagon. As I was walking through the end of the cavern I looked up and I saw a BAT!!! spooky. I asked about the bat to and ben said '' that is a fake bat if the cavern actually had one that would be awesome''. I exited the cavern and took on the two our drive back but it was fun because our chaperone was nice and we played the alphabet game.

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    1. Your topic sentence really hooked me into reading your blog Chase!!!

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    2. You did an amazing job Chase! I agree with Breana! Also you really expressed how you felt at California Caverns!

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    3. Wow Chase! Your topic sentence was really good. You were really descriptive.

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    4. You have a great lead into your writing, Chase. Good excitement in your ideas about your day at California Caverns.

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  18. It was along 2 hour drive before we got to our destination but finally we got there. All of the fun was just about to begin. California Caverns was a great field trip to start the year off with. When we first arrived we got a chance to go to the gift shop. You could get all sorts of things there like earrings, necklaces, books, toys, rings, geos, snacks, and much more. After the gift shop the class split into two groups. My group started with the gem mining while the other group took a tour of the cavern. The gem mining was really fun. We all picked our trough , then we each got a bag of sand with some gems in it. Soon we were all finding beautiful gems. The way that you mine the gems is like this, first you put some of the sand mixture into the sive, next you put the sive in the water pull it back up and finally pick out the gems. I enjoyed the gem mining the most. Soon we were all wearing hard hats and were walking through the dark cavern. We saw all sorts of speleothems. I saw stalactites, stalagmites, cave bacon, soda straws, rimstone dams, flowstone, and all sorts of other formations. Our tour guide showed us how the miners would make a flashlight by taking a tin coffee cup and making a hole in the side of the coffee tin. Then you put a lit candle in the hole. The opening at the top of the cup is where the light will come out and make glow just like a flashlight. After our tour we all ate lunch. Then sadly it was time to leave. I enjoyed the entire field trip. It was a great experience and a lot of fun.

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    1. What was your favorite room, Breana? We certainly did see a lot of formations!

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  19. I think the trip to California Caverns was very fun and I learned a lot.I think anyone that is not in my 4th grade class should go. I enjoyed the part where we had to squeeze through a long, tight space to get to the jungle room. Flow stone really amazed me because it looks a frozen icing waterfall covered with 1 ton of glitter. One thing I’m glad I learned was that if you ever want to take a crawl tour you would have to pass a test of going through a hole head first to get into a room the size of a Volkswagen. I would totally fail! There was nothing I didn’t enjoy.

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    1. Great job Calvin!!! You totally described how what you enjoyed!!!

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    2. Great job Calvin! I think you should type more things.

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    3. Great job Calvin! Maybe type a little more next time.

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    4. I like your description of the flowstone, Calvin. Why would you fail the test of going through the hole? I fit-you would too!

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  20. If I ever saw anything with minerals, rocks, and more it would be California Caverns.You look at the ceiling and cave bacon, soda straws, and stalactites are hanging. Some rooms that are amazing are the Jungle Room and the Wedding Room. It looks like a bride and a glove in the Wedding Room. The Jungle Room looks like it has a handful of animals that live in the jungle. What do you call a rock that sticks out of the ground?It is a stalagmite.Stalagmites would be formed when drops of water falls from the ceiling.Then the water evaporates and the calcite gets left behind.Now for this to form,it could take years,decades,scores,even centuries.All of these are called speleothems.A soda straw can turn into a stalactite if the hole at the bottom is covered.California Caverns also has gemstone mining.You get a sifter and dirt with fascinating rocks.You sift the sifter in the water.The dirt comes off and the rocks stay in.I got obsidian and it can cut paper easily.

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    1. Great blog Christopher. You did an amazing job describing how stalagmites are made.

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    2. You have a unique way of presenting your information, Christopher! I like the mix of what you saw with some science ideas.

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  21. California Caverns

    As I walked out of the car from a long, exhausting trip on the road, I became so excited to start our first field trip to California Caverns. We split into two groups, and our group was the first to go gemstone mining.


    When we first started the gemstone mining I was really surprised, I thought we would have to dig in the dirt with shovels until we found a diamond or something! Instead we were given a bag of sand, and using a sifter we washed the sand out. This was very fun because you never know what amazing treasure could be hiding under the sand. We were led to a wood trough which was connected to a stream. After we washed out all of the sand, we were left with many precious gemstones. My favorite gemstone I found was an amethyst. Each of us put our new found treasure in a plastic bag. Gemstone mining was very exciting and fun for me!

    As I walked in the cave, the cool air brushed past me. There was much excitement as I walked through each room, eager to see the speleothems! Our tour guide led us through the rooms and allowed us to take pictures of the formations. Luckily there were lights or I wouldn’t have been able to see anything. Our tour guide turned off all of the lights to let us experience what a real cavern is like, and it was pitch black! He then showed us how to make a flashlight out of an old coffee tin and a candle, which I though was very cool. It amazed me that these formations, stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, and more, took so many decades to form. It also amazed me to see formations that looked like animals and food. I really enjoyed the cavern tour. My favorite room was the Jungle room because of the fun pictures the soda straws created in that room. My favorite formation is the soda straws. It was cool to learn that smoke made by the old miners made the cavern walls look brownish. As you get deeper into the cave the cleaner and prettier the cavern gets. Not only California Caverns is very cool but it is very cold too. If you you plan on going there, remember to bring a jacket. At California Caverns, I felt like I was walking through one of earth’s most wonderful and beautiful creations.

    California Caverns was a great experience for me to learn more about caverns and also to learn about the amazing gems that can be found there. California Caverns also has an amazing gift shop were you can buy gemstones and other cool things! We were so lucky and thankful that our teacher let us stop by the gift shop before we entered the cavern. As I looked around the shop, I couldn’t decide what I should buy. There were so many beautiful things, my mom had to help me decide what to get! I bought a geode, stone bowl, and a necklace. California Caverns was a great experience for my classmates and I, and hopefully you might be able to visit some time soon.

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    1. Great blog KAtherine. You described so well that I felt I was at the Caverns all over again!

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    2. Love your blog Katherine! Great job on being descriptive, you really came out and showed your excitement through the blog!

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    3. Great job Katherine! You really show your excitement and you make me want to go there! Also I agree with Angel, great blog!

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    4. Wow awesome blog!!!!

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    5. You did a great job of teaching a reader about California Caverns and a field trip there. Well done!

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    6. Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments!

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  22. The Stalactites were hanging over me and stalagmites were rising from the ground. Drop by drop these beautiful speleothems are growing. My favorite part about our California Caverns trip was the Jungle Room. I loved the Jungle Room because the speleothems looked shinier than the ones in the other rooms. In the other rooms back in the 1800-1900 in the winter, people use to have fires so the speleothems were not as shiny. My tour guide Ben told my group a couple of teenagers squeezed through a tiny whole and found the Jungle Room but did not want anyone to find it so they buried the whole. Years later someone found the Jungle Room along with a note from the teenagers saying that they wanted the room to be called the Jungle Room. I think the teenagers wanted the Jungle Room to be called the Jungle Room because most of the speleothems look like some type animal. Another part I liked was looking at the signatures of the miners who were in the cave years ago. My group found a couple of signature that where in Chinese. Ben told us that the miners that came into the cave were given a candle to light the way and a nail to carve their name. One of the coolest things that happened when I was in the cave was when Ben turned off the lights in the cave. If you were to put your hand in front of your eyes you would not be able see your hand. I was trying to feel other people’s head to guess who that person was. I got it wrong every single time. The only stalagmite that you could touch in the cave was worn out from every one touching it. It was dark brown at the top and light brown at the bottom with a line that separated the two colors. The stalagmite felt very smooth like a piece of plastic wrapped around a stone.

    I personally loved gemstone mining. I got a lot of crystal, fluorite, moonstone, obsidian, and rhyolite. I also got some raspberry quarts, amethyst, slate, and sodalite. I was at the very end of the mining trough so all the little pieces of gemstone were mixed in with the gravel. So I looked through the gravel and I found a lot of teeny gemstones. One of my pieces of crystal is so clear that I can see through it. All the crystals I found had all straight edges. One looks like a shark with an open mouth.

    Another part I liked was going to the gift shop. I got a geode, a bag of polished rocks, and a white sapphire ring that looked like a bent arrow. Later that day I was sad when my ring snapped in two. I took my geode home and my dad opened it with a vice and a grinder. Then I sanded one side of the geode with sandpaper and steel wool. My geode now looks almost like the half geodes that they were selling at the California Caverns gift shop.

    Over all, our California Caverns trip was a breath taking experience. If you ever have any extra time I encourage you to visit California Caverns one day. You will be happy you did.

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    1. great detail about the Jungle Room

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    2. The Winn's4 is Kaser.

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    3. Awesome detail about the jungle room.

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    4. Good job on the blog Morgan!

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    5. Well written piece, Morgan. You've told a lot of ideas, and the writing flows from one topic to the next nicely. Great ending to convince people to go to the caverns.

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  23. You did an awesome job on your blog Morgan!

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  24. California Caverns

    Speleothems, soda straws, helictites, cave bacon, and other things that you can find in a cavern, can also could be found in California Caverns. (The class went to the gift shop, and my group was first to mine for gemstones, second to go into the cavern.)
    At first when the part of the class (and drivers) arrived at the first gate some of us including me were able to feel the breeze coming out of the cavern, it felt nice and cool. It turns out it was actually the exit of the cavern.All of us got helmets. The man who toured us was (I think) Ben. He told us some rules about the cave. Like no touching walls or speleothems, humans have this oil on their skin to make the speleothems not be able to grow. There was this one stalagmite that we were able to touch it was pretty small.


    Once we entered the cave we saw all sorts of things like cave bacon, stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, and a few columns. It was pretty amazing. Well my favorite part was when Ben turned off all the lights. You literally can not see anything even when you bring your hand very close to your face! There was still darkness. I think that we went through five rooms, I can name a few the “Jungle Room”, “ A Church Room”, and other ones that I’m not sure what they're called. One thing that I learned new was the helictites. The ones that form from soda straws, but gets clogged, and branches off in many crazy ways. My favorite room was the “Jungle Room” Ben said it the class can go in it if we were good. It was really cool there were speleothems that were the shapes of things that we know or there were pictures. The thing I liked the most in the jungle room was the “fossilized yoshi.”


    Well first all of us didn’t automatically go to the caves we first went to the gift shop. I got a whole bag with twenty-two rock magnets and two blue minerals, and a green mineral shaped as a chameleon. (well also a pack of gummy-bears for a snack) My big group not just my car group which was Artur, Josh N, Josh D, Issac, Kaiser, and me. Were the first ones to do the gemstone mining. I got this big emerald, sapphire, and amethyst. California Caverns was a very cool, exciting and awesome place to learn. It was an amazing first field trip! (if you don’t know about caves, and when we were about to exit there was a rubber bat)





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  25. Our class went on a field trip to a cave with a cool breeze coming out of it. We learned interesting facts about caves. We did gem mining where you can get super cool and valuable rocks! We also went to an amazing gift shop that had lots of interesting rocks in it. I am talking about California Caverns!

    When we first went in the cave, our tour guide showed us a room called the wedding room. You might be thinking why does it have such a weird name? Well, the cave that we were in used to be a small village and we were in the wedding room. In the room, our tour guide showed us what it’s like with one lantern in the cave. The room was very dark. I could barely see anyone. Then he blew the candle and we saw what it’s like with no lights in a cave. It was so dark, I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face!

    We also saw a lot of cool stalactites, which are formations that resemble an icicle hanging from the top of a cave. When we went in the jungle room, our class saw stalactites that were shaped like animals, that’s why the room was called the jungle room. For example, we saw a cool stalactite that looked like snails crawling up a stick. In the cave, our class also saw soda straws, which are speleothems in the form of a hollow mineral cylindrical tube. We learned that soda straws can connect to a stalagmite and form a column, which was a very interesting fact.

    As we returned to the entrance of the cave, we passed by a hole in the ground of the cave. Our tour guide told us that visitors could go down in that small hole.
    All of us were exited to go in the hole, but our tour guide told us we needed to sign up for that. As we were exiting the cave, we saw some names on the wall. Our tour guide told us that in the old times people had to pay a pinch of gold to get in the cave. The people that were in charge of the cave gave them a lantern for light and a nail to carve their name in the limestone cave. When our class got out of the cave, we were ready to do gem stone mining.

    Our tour guide told us how to find gems by using sand. We all went to a gem stone mining area. Soon we started to uncover really cool rocks. Many of my friends were sharing their rocks with other classmates. They were trying to find out what type of rocks they found. I found a beautiful rock that was grey with purple and blue lines on it.

    Our class had a great time at California Caverns! The cave was really fun and I wish we could go back there again. This was the best cave I have ever visited.

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    1. Amazing job Sophia! You really illustrated an image in my head as I read your blog!

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    2. Well done, Sophia. You have told many ideas, and the reader of you blog gets a good idea about what it's like in California Caverns.

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  26. A gust of cold air hit my face as I walked into the dark, cold, and damp covered cave.
    I am at California Caverns. When I walked in to Mammoth Cave, immediately I had to look at everything I could. It was just amazing.
    My favorite part of Mammoth Cave was when the instructor turned off the lights, and you could literally put your hand on your face and you couldn’t see it. I have two other experiences I enjoyed, when we went into the jungle room it was huge. The reason why I liked the Jungle Room is the rooms had pretty big openings to get into them, but the Jungle Room had a tight low and small openings and it made me feel like Mr. Fantastic from the Fantastic 4. The last thing I enjoyed was gem mining I used my own bag. You can go to the very end to sift out the things mining people left behind. I called the minerals slop stuff it became cool to me.

    Thank you for checking Adam’s blog.

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    2. The beginning of this describes the experience well Adam! it was a tight squeeze to get to the Jungle Room, for sure!

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  27. At first I was scared, but once I was inside and saw all the stalagmites, stalactites, and much more I was thinking “I was scared to come in?” This can only mean one thing; I am at California Caverns. My trip to California Caverns was beyond amazing! Even though we only went into about 20% of the cave it was still amazing.
    The first room we went into was quaint and quiet. It was used for shelter and meetings back before it was used for tours. The room had a cubby hole that was used for food storage, so food that needed to be kept cold would not rot.
    The second room was the wedding room. Yes, the room was really used for weddings. The most recent wedding was in 2012. The wedding room did not only host weddings, it also hosted church ceremonies.
    To take a tour back in the 1800s it cost a pinch of gold dust. The gold dust would get you a candle and a nail. The nail was for carving your name into the wall of the cave. Some people who often took tours of the cave realized that a candle was not enough light, so they would take coffee tins and poke a hole in the side, and stick the candle in the hole; which would make a flashlight.
    The third room had a sky blue ceiling! I call it the sky room. In the room there were a lot of cave bacon and soda straws. There was flowstone that looked like the marsh mellow man.

    I call the fourth room the “Jabba the Hut” room. It had a stalagmite that looked like Jabba the Hut from Star Wars. There were also mini rim stone dams. On our way into a different room we could touch this one rock and it felt like clay. The room was dark and damp. There were lots of stalactites and soda straws. There were a set of stairs which led to the jungle room.
    The jungle room was my favorite! It had stalactites that looked like all different things. There was one that looked like a dragon, another like a sea snail, and one like a seahorse. One stalactite looked like an Air Jordan symbol. Another that looked like a Yoshi from Mario Brothers. I was so sad when we had to leave the jungle room. The last room we saw was the Volkswagen room.
    We didn’t really go into the Volkswagen room we just looked through the entrance. The entrance is a hole in the ground shaped like a key hole. The actual room is the size of a Volkswagen.
    Before we went into the cavern we went gemstone mining. You were given a bag of sand with gemstones hidden in it. Then you would walk up to what looked like a long trough with running water. You would pour about a handful of the sand into a box with holes at the bottom and would sift it in the water. All the sand would wash away and you would be left with beautiful gemstones. I got a sodalite, amethyst, calcite, and much more!
    My experience at California Caverns was amazing! From the gemstones to the names on the side of the cave, it was all breathtaking.

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    1. Good job, Alexandra. You have done well to give a reader a good idea of California Caverns. I like the colors on the ceiling of the "sky room."

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  28. Your blog is so cool(iagree with the breathtaking part) SO COOL!!! LOL!

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  29. sorry about the lol part

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  30. California Caverns

    My class went on a field trip to California Caverns and it was awesome! When we entered the cave it was dark and cold, but luckily there were lights. There were a lot of different rooms. My personal favorite was the Jungle Room.

    The Jungle Room isn’t how it sounds; it doesn’t have any water or plants. I think it’s called the Jungle Room because it has a lot of cave formations that look a lot like animals, people, and building. I saw a palace, a monkey siting on a ice cream cone, and a basketball player dunking a basketball. In the Jungle Room I saw stalagmites, stalactites, columns, and flowstone.

    Stalagmites are piles of calcite that have been deposited from the ceilings of the cave. They’re usually much wider then stalactites because the liquid spreads out when it hits the cave floor. Stalactites are calcite deposits that hang from the ceilings of caves. A column forms when a stalactite and stalagmite touch together. Flowstone usually forms on the walls or floors of the caves. Calcite builds up in layers from flowing water to form what looks like a glaze, covering the surface of the cave.

    I enjoyed going to California Caverns a lot and hope I get to go back again someday.

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    1. Great job of telling all the science ideas at the end, Kade. Your blog teaches a reader about caverns and their structures well.

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  31. Great Blog. I loved how you described the jungle room!

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    California Caverns is a great place to go, not only for gemstone mining, but the caves are a lot of fun as well. My favorite part was the gemstone mining because it’s awesome to see if would get a cool thing like a crystal. Also, what was fun was to scavenger for cool rocks. I found a white-pink-blue rock, but I personally think it’s mineral.
    It amazed me that college students were able to find the “Jungle Room” and dug it out without using any power tools. It was cool how the Jungle Room was untouched and hidden for a lot of years before the students uncovered it. It’s cool how the “Soda Straws” were built out on the side to make neat shapes like a basketball hoop, Yoshi, and many more. It was hard not to touch the walls.
    The coolest part was when our tour guide shut out the lights and I could not see anything, not even my hand in front of my face! It was also cool how the miners made “flash lights” with a candle and a coffee can. It really looked like an oversized flashlight. The most amazing thing about the cave and the gemstone mining was, I have to admit, the Jungle Room. It was SO COOL how all of the shapes were different and interesting to look at.
    I learned that it takes 100-1000 years to make a soda straw, and it takes 1000-100,000 to make a column. I learned that caves are naturally made by water droplets over a long period of time. I also learned that the caverns can be dangerous. When the ground was really slippery, two people slipped and almost took me down with them.

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    1. Good job, Gavin. Your science ideas and what you learned do well to teach a reader about caverns. Your writing is well organized, and very easy for a reader to follow!

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  33. I could see horses, cows, and many more animals as the car flew by the trees and the dead grass. Then I saw a sign that said, California Caverns. A few minutes after my car group and I got there, we joined half the class. We followed our tour guide down a path into a little hut. After we got in the little hut we put our helmets on. Then we went into the cavern, it was awesome and it was cold inside. In order to get to the jungle room we had to go through a little tunnel area. There were many sculptures that looked like animals. In the rooms, there were many sculptures to see. I just didn’t know where to look! The best part of being in the cavern was when our tour guide turned off all the lights! It was so dark that if I put my hand in front of my face, I couldn’t see my hand!

    After we toured the cavern, we went gemstone mining. Gemstone mining was a lot of fun. I got cool gemstones and the rocks were different colored, which was interesting. I found other gemstones that other people left behind. The gemstones were weird shaped also, that was neat. I got some big ones also and a lot more tiny ones.
    California Caverns is really cool, I mean who wouldn’t want to go in a cavern or go gemstone mining? The amazing stalactites, stalagmites, cave bacon, and other sculptures were awesome! The flowstone was very beautiful. Flowstone looks like a beautiful water fountain or an amazing wedding cake. If you have never been to California Caverns, I recommend you go there soon.


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    1. Great Blog Serena! Your topic sentence really hooked me in!

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    2. Nice Serena! I totally agree with Alexandra!!

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    3. Fantastic Job Katherine/:)y/smiley. Your topic sentence really hooked me up, and i definetly agree with Alexandra!:)

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  34. CALIFORNIA CAVERNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!




    I put on my coat. I’m given a helmet. I get out my camera. I feel a cold breeze. There is weird things sticking out from the walls,floor and ceiling. That only means one thing: I’m at California Caverns.What my class first did when we went to California Caverns is we went shopping in the gift shop.You could even buy a geode! If you bought a geode they cracked it open with a device that was made of medal there was a chain that they wrapped around your geode and tightened the chain to crack it open.I liked seeing what color my geode was.After that my group went in the caverns.I wasn't sure at first but I to used to it. My favorite part was when we got to squeeze through the tight tunnels. After that we went gemstone mining. you can buy bags of sand and go out to the sifter. I found lots of gems and minerals. Also you can take the sand that other people leave behind in the little slats of the sifter. If you don't like science or you do you'll like this place. After that we ate lunch. If you haven't been at California Caverns you NEED TO GO!!! I would totally recommend this for you!!

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  35. California Caverns
    Gemstone mining and finding colorful minerals, speleothems, stalagmites and stalactites sticking out of ceilings and floors, those are all bits of my favorite field trip I have ever had in my life. The California Cavern Field trip was really fun and I had an awesome time!

    The first thing we did when we got to school was that we picked groups that we were going to be in at the field trip. In my group there were 6 boys and no girls. The car ride was rally long, but fun. As soon as we got there we went straight into a gift shop that was near the parking lot. Right when I got in the gift shop I immediately started to walk around it. I found many geodes and cool minerals. As I was walking around I saw a green earth material and it was carved into a turtle so I thought I could give it to someone in my family. If light hit the turtle it would shine and I liked it a lot. I also found a geode that was split in half which the crystal was dyed purple. Last, I turned around and there was a huge wooden box of unopened geodes. I walked up to the box. There was a rusty metal stick sticking out of the floor of the box. There was also a chain sticking to the right of the metal stick. Last, there was another metal stick protruding out of the metal chain. A man said that I could pick a geode that I wanted to open by using the object with the chain and the two metal sticks. The way it worked was that I would hold the metal stick that protruded off the chain and I would steer it around and the more I would steer it the tighter the chains get on the rock. Then, I picked a geode that when I shook it, it sounded like there was something inside it. A man said I had to go and pay for it before I break it open. After I paid for my things I returned to the place where the man told me to pay for the geode. After I got there, I started to turn the protruding stick and after about 3 seconds of that motion, snap! The geode broke open! Then the 2 geode pieces fell into a bag. Then I walked out of the gift shop. Then I looked into the bag where the geode was and it was awesome! I saw that there was some mini crystals pieces and crystal dust. That reminded me of when I shook the geode because those could’ve been the sound I heard. Later, the other half of the class left because they were going to do their cavern tour. Then I heard that we are going to start gemstone mining.

    The Gemstone mining was really fun and I found really cool minerals that are very colorful and vivid. After I heard that we were going to start gemstone mining I felt really excited that I might find cool things. The man that helped me open my geode told half of the class that we will receive bags containing minerals and little dirt pieces and we were supposed to pour them in containers with holes that the dirt pebbles will fall out and the big minerals would be left. The container with holes in it as called sifters and they would be in streaming water. After he gave me a bag I got right to the place where I was going to get the minerals. So I put some of my dirt in it and I found a lot of cool minerals. In the end I got a lot of cool things. I found some amethists, obsidian, quartz, and other nice minerals. The man that gave us the bags of dirt was now going to tour us in the Caverns; we were going to start the Caverns tour.

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  36. The Caverns tour was really interesting and I got to see many different things that form in caverns. The tour guide told us that we were going on a hike to get to the cavern. So then we started to walk all the way to the caverns. After we got there we walked in. The tour guide told us that the cavern that we were in was discovered by people in the gold rush and there were signatures on the wall from that time. He also told us that there were people that had weddings in there. He also said that people cannot touch anything except the railings that people can hold on to so they don’t fall because if they do touch anything it would affect the growing of anything. The cavern was also not that dark because there were lights on the wall which allowed us to see. At the start I noticed that there were signatures on the wall and I am sad that I don’t remember the names. It looked like the whole cave was made out of calcite which is a mineral that can form things called soda straws, stalagmites and stalactites, cave bacon, columns and all of them are made of calcite dissolved with water and dries and forms into different shapes; they are named on what the form of the calcite and water are. Also later in the cavern we saw what it was like to be in a cavern with no light. If I put my hand in front of my face, I would see absolutely nothing. As a matter of a fact I couldn’t tell if I was blinking or not because it was so dark. Last, we entered a room called the jungle room which was discovered by some college students, but they kept it so no one knew about it. That left it untouched and nothing was messed up. The California Caverns field trip and I would love to come back.

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    3. There's a lot of information here, Josh! You have told of the day well. Good description of the dark with the idea that you couldn't tell if you were blinking or not!

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  37. CALIFORNIA CAVERNS

    The wind was blowing from the entrance of the cave; I could feel the soft breeze blowing against my skin. I was nervous to go down in the dark, wet, and cold tunnel but with my courage I was sort of anxious and excited to go in. After the guide said there were centipedes, I was even more afraid to move, but once I got in I saw lots of cave bacon and there was a walkway for people to walk on. There were stalactites, stalagmites, a few columns, and had lots of natural made designs like a giant dress, a melting marshmallow scorpion. I never knew that in the 1800’s, people lived in there. It was cold and was perfect temperature for living.

    It felt good in there with the guide, my friends, classmates and adults I would have fainted of fright if I was in there myself. It was also chilly, but that did not bother me. It was super pretty and beautiful inside and almost everything around us was just calcite and limestone. Without the lights it was pitch black in the cave. You can’t even see your own hand when its 2 inches from your face! There is a bunch of little branches/pathways of the main path; its like a tree a trunk with a few stems coming off of it.



    I really enjoyed the gift shop because it had lots of rocks, geodes, toys and much more for a reasonable price and they were very fun to play with, and there’s so much stuff I could not decide what to pick. I also liked the gemstone mining because it gave me time to look at the cool stones I got and learned what they were and taught me how to gemstone mine and people can compare and share!


    A lot of stuff amazed me in the cave I thought it would just be a normal deep cave, but it had a lot more than I expected. It had lots of stuff you would normally see in regular caverns but had some really cool designs made from speleothems that you think you will never ever see in a cave like cowboys sitting on a horse, Winne the Pooh, and Jabba hut. It will probably amaze you too.


    I learned a lot in the caverns. I did not know much but now I know a lot! I learned about some caverns have little tunnels that were just discovered by modern people, all caverns come in various shapes and sizes.

    I like everything about the cavern but the tour was too short I wanted to go to the other places in the about cavern that’s like all I don’t like it.

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  38. We entered the back parking lot of California Caverns. I rushed to the gift shop to buy a container of silver, slices of rocks, and an arrowhead.There was also geodes, jewelry made with stones, jars with gold flecks, a tray with magnet stones and a tray with gemstones.

    We met our tour guide on the porch and hiked to the helmet shed. We went over the rules and put on helmets. A cool breeze was exiting from one entrance. We entered and found ourselves in the Cathedral room which was big. We traveled deep into the cave and came to another cave called the Bishop’s Palace. The Bishop’s Palace was used for church services. At one point, they assembled a pipe organ in this cave. From the Bishop’s Palace, we went into the Wedding Room named for flowstone formed to look like a bride in a wedding dress. There were nine marriages in this cave. After the Wedding Room, we entered a narrow passage that lead to the huge Jungle Room which was discovered by UC Berkeley students digging away mud to reveal the cave. The Jungle Room has stalagmites that look like elephants and other animals as well. Since there is only one way into the Jungle Room, we back tracked out through the Bridal room and the Bishop’s Palace and eventually came to the Fairy Room. The Fairy Room has a tunnel that you had to go down head first with your hands in front of you. Our guide held her flashlight in her mouth as she went down the tunnel. The tunnel leads to a cave as small as a Volkswagen Bug. After this, it was time to exit the cave.

    After exploring the cave we hiked from the helmet shed to the gift shop to collect our gemstone mining equipment. We received a bag of dirt and sifted it in the water trough. We sifted the dirt several times. I got many stones.



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  39. CALIFORNIA CAVERNS

    As we left to drive to the California Caverns, I started thinking about what they would be like. How much colder would it be? Would there be bats? How dark would it actually be when they turned off all the lights?
    Soon after we arrived, our tour guide told us that “group #1” was going to the cavern right now. Our tour guide went over the rules; the most important one was DO NOT TOUCH THE CAVERN WALLS! Then she led us down a path a bit, and we came across a building. It was a helmet shed. She told us to put a helmet on to prevent a head injury. When we arrived at the entrance I saw a sign on the entrance door said "Mammoth Caverns." She said the cavern was discovered in the 1800s and told us the story of how this cavern was found. She also told us there were three underground lakes in it. Then she opened a door and we went inside.
    As we walked into the cavern I suddenly felt a lot colder. A breeze blew on my face coming from somewhere down in the cave. To my disappointment, there were no bats. However, we were told that there were bats in other seasons, just not now. As we walked further into the cave, our tour guide told us that the first room was a meeting room, and she showed us were a judge would sit. There was a pipe on the ground, so I asked what it was. She said it was a drainage pipe for when the cavern flooded. She asked us if we had any more questions, and we had none, so we started walking again.
    The next room was so big! It had many different types of speleothems including soda straws, cave bacon/cave drapes, and cave popcorn. We also saw baby cave bacon. Nobody had questions, maybe because they were so amazed by all the speleothms, so we walked down to another part of the room.
    There was a pathway at the end of the hall, and some kids asked if we were going down there. She told us we weren't because although it looked easy to walk through, it got much tighter along the way. So we continued to the next room.
    As we walked in there was a big hole in it which led to one of the underground lakes. I liked that room because you could see the little droplets of calcite hanging off the soda straws.
    As we went to the next room, I saw it was big too. Our tour guide said it was the party room, and the fact that there were many fires from parties over the years turned the walls brown instead of white. The name of the room was "The Bishops Palace" because there was a stalagmite growing from the floor. She said it looked like a bishop in the old days, but now she said it looks more like Jabba the Hut. There were many soda straws hanging from the ceiling, but everything was dark, not white like it was when the cavern was first found. Some soda straws had little pieces broken off of them. In some places you can still see the color under the brown, and in those places it looks just like ice.
    The next room was called "The Bridal Chamber," and it really did look like it! There was a column that looked like the bride's cake and the bride's glove which was another formation (which looked a little weird to me becase it had more than five finger slots). The our tour guide turned off all the lights, I couldn't even see my hand even though it was right in front of me! Then we walked around to the back and found out that the "bride's cake" was the biggest column on the western coast. She said it was made of cave takos. "Yum," I thought.

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  40. Our tour guide said we would have to get crouch down to get to the next room. So, we started walking again. As we were walking there, our tour guide said we were coming to the only place we could touch a stalagmite. As we came to the stalagmite, I saw the top of it was a darker color than the rest of it. As I got closer, I saw a little puddle of water next to it. I saw some white things in there, too. Our guide said they might be shrimp. Next, she had to unlock a door to get into the jungle. Soon, I found out what she meant by crouch down--the ceilings were very low. After that the ceiling started getting higher again. I looked at the floor and saw it looked like brain coral. I saw a clearing ahead and we stopped. Our tour guide said it was the "Jungle Room." She told us a story of how the room was found. Then she told us it had a lot of different things in it. Like a hoard of elephants charging at you, a glacier, a scorpion, and Michael Jordan doing a slam dunk. There was also a lot more, and it was all made from calcite, drop by drop, drop by drop...
    As we started walking out, we started passing the things we saw before, but then we went another way to get out. Our tour guide said it looked like there was a "blue bridge" above us. Then she told us about a hole off to the side. She said it was about as big as a average sized car. We asked here if we could go inside. She said no, but she went inside and then came right back out. She said she was thin so she could go in and out very quickly. She asked us if we wanted to go out of the cavern now, and we said yes, so we kept walking.
    As we came to another door our tour guide opened it and we came up to the sun light. Finally, we were outside! We put our helmets away and started walking back to the main building. When we got back, we went to the gift shop a little bit, then our tour guide said it was time for gemstone mining.
    I got my bag and went to the sieve. I put my dirt/gemstones in a sifter and put it in the water. After I sifted everything I found some really cool gemstones. I started looking for some more dirt in the sieve to sift, and while I was doing that I found more gemstones. Then I started picking stuff up from the ground and found some more gemstones, but they were smaller.
    When the other part of the class came back from the caves we went back into the gift shop. I looked around, but didn't buy anything. When it was time to head back, I didn't want to leave. I had a really good time, learned a lot, and had a lot of fun!

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    1. Benjamin, your second paragragh is part of your first one too, right? Anyway, AWESOME JOB!

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    2. WOW Benjamin! Your blog is impressive! You have done a very nice job of leading your readers through the day, step by step. You have some great phrasing, and I like it best when you share the thoughts you had during the trip. I am glad you learned and had a good time. California Caverns is a fun place to go.

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  41. California Caverns was a fun experience with mining and exploring. My group did the mining first. I think this was the most exciting part. We would dip are sifters in the water then we wouldn’t know what would come out until all the sand was washed away. After that, pink or black rocks would come out of the sifters. Then we would scavenge the trough to see if there were any cool rocks like topaz or quartz. Too bad, we didn’t get the paper to help us identify what everything was. Other than that, I had a great time mining!

    The caverns were amazing! All of the speleothems in the different rooms were awesome! We had a 5 minute hike, then that’s where all the fun got started. After the hike we put on helmets and went in the cavern. The first room we visited was a wide open room with the names of the miners that had toured the cavern carved in the wall. Another room we visited was the Bride’s room. In this room, there was a formation on the side that looked like Jabba the hut with popcorn and hamburgers on him. The other side actually looked like the bride. The last room we went to was the jungle room. It had lots of different speleothems like soda straws, columns, stalactites, and stalagmites. The jungle room had fossil Yoshi which was super funny. Overall, I had a great time at California Caverns.

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    1. I liked the Jabba the Hut with the hamburgers and popcorn! Good use of language of the discipline, Isaac!

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  42. You would think when you are 150 feet down in a cavern with tight and slipery places and you can’t touch the walls would be horrible trip, but it is not.
    California Caverns is one of the coolest places I have ever been. The
    speleothems make it a real sight. The gemstone mining is really enjoyable. The
    best part was going through the caverns. There is a lot of cool things in the gift shop, too.
    There are many cool things in the caverns, like stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, cave bacon, columns, and more. The tour guide might show you a “Yoshi fossil,” a “bride’s dress,” ect. In conclusion, California Caverns is an amazing place.

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    1. Great lead sentence, Josh. I like the contrast between something that sounds bad and something that is good!

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  43. California Caverns by:Sarah Evpak


    Right as the guide unlocked the door to the cavern I know it was going to be so fun. As we started to walk in we stopped and the guide started to talk about the scratches on the walls.After that we kept on going and we saw cave popcorn i checked off cave popcorn on my list in my head.Then kept on walking for a little bit and came to a halt and we saw some more speleothems, like stalagmites ,cave bacon and stalactites. Since i had my camera with me i took pictures of all the speleothems.In the next room was where people got married it had an awesome speleothem that is called the brides dress,there was also this bump in the wall that was called the brides glove it literally looks like a brides glove and it was creepy.In that room the guide turned off all the lights and i put my hand in front of my face and i couldn’t see a thing! after that we looked around we went in another room and we saw the back of the brides dress.Next there was a tiny pathway that I had lots of trouble going through especially since one of the rules are you can't touch the walls. Then we went in the last room the jungle room it was my favorite room and it had awesome speleothems !!

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    1. Great post! I really wish I could had gone on that field trip, but California was blowing up!

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    2. Hi Decla!And Sarah, Fantastic Job! I really enjoyed it!

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    3. @ Declan-We had fun; I wish that California wasn't "blowing up" when you were in 4th grade. I would love to have taken the class last year. In honesty, it was only burning up! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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    4. You have some good ideas here, Sarah. What was awesome about the speleothems in the jungle room?

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  44. California Caverns

    A gust of freezing air blasted into my face. I was amazed by all the formations on the dimly lit pathway. Multiple “oohs”and“ahhs” were echoing down the cavern. Only one place described this. I was at California Caverns.

    It all started in Sacramento at 8am. My teacher, Mr. La Marr divided us into different cars and told us what activities we were to participate that day. I was selected to participate in the cavern tour first. My dad, the chaperone, and my friends, together set out on a two hour drive to California Caverns.

    Although the ride there was uneventful, I felt my stomach lurching. There were so many turns! Then, all of a sudden, I saw a sign that said “Welcome To Calaveras County!” An arrow pointed to the parking lot. I was here!
    I was walking to the gift shop! The gift shop had so many cool earth materials! There were also geodes and more fun items. There were so many choices! I eventually settled on a bag of magnet rocks that were about $6.00.

    Then after a few minutes, Mr. La Marr told my class to go to the benches to wait for the tour guide if we were in the first group. Then, he said all the names that were in the first tour. I was in the first tour. It was so exciting.

    The main thing I felt was a big suspense jumbling through my body. Before I knew it, all the research I did with my friend built up all to this moment. Our tour guide told us a lot of things about the cavern, about the people who found it, and what different plants were on the trail. Then as we entered the cave, a cold shaft of wind blew into my face.

    As the tour guide led us down into the caverns, she told us what how each room. One part we saw a stalagmite that we could touch. Another part we had to squeeze through to get out to the room. That same room had many formations where I had to think to find out what my tour guide meant when she listed what the formations looked like. Another room was a church that they preached in. One of my favorite rooms was the Jungle Room. It amazed me on how you could see all the formations in a different way.

    Before I knew it, the tour was over and I got to go gemstone mining. After we got to the gift shop, our tour guide handed us the gemstone mining bags. We went to the sifting station and found our gemstones. I felt like I had too much time after I had found all my gemstones and a big rock. I then decided that I should go scavenge for more gemstones and make my own “mining claim.”

    A bunch of other kids in my class and tour group did this too. Then, we all claimed an area of the sifting station and started sifting there. I had a lot of space and then someone “claim jumped” me. I asked him if he wanted to share the sifting area and he said, “yes.” I started wondering if people might complain about me holding up the water.

    Then, I realized that where the bottom of the sifting area was, there were a ton of leftover rocks that I could sift to find more gemstones. I ended up going down there. I kept scavenging for gemstones and before I knew it, I had to eat lunch. I ate lunch with my friends.

    The way home was the same roads we used to get there. Before I knew it, I was walking home. I had enjoyed the gemstone mining. I was amazed and disliked how dark it was in the cavern when my tour guide turned all the lights off. I learned that it takes a long time for speleothems to grow. Going to California Caverns was a really amazing experience for me!



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    1. Great job Alex! You have told many details about your day, and you've included a nice narrative of your thoughts, too. This was fun to read.

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    2. Great job Alex, it was a fun experience for me too.

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  45. The twisty windy roads , the sign “California Caverns”, and a great mountain side view led me to one place … Mammoth Cavern. My driver ,Davis Liu , let me sit in the passenger seat. Since Dr . Liu is a doctor, he helped me show how people get car sick. Luckily , I didn't get car sick. In a snap, we were there. I immediately went to the gift shop to check what they had .They had some many cool rocks,shirts, and tools. I got some beef jerky bites and a head light at the end. After 15 – 30 minutes , the tour guide led us to the helmet shed . Should I choose a red or white helmet? I chose a white one . She told us about a rumor about a hole in the top of the cavern . As soon as we went in , I was so amazed by all the structures . The cave popcorn, stalagmites, stalactites, and the cave bacon. 1 thing I didn't know that I learned was the time that a stalactite takes to make and the time that cave popcorn takes to make. It takes a stalactite about 1,000 years to make while for cave popcorn it takes about 1. Such a difference ! There was a bunch of marking s on the cave wall . There was a lot of rooms in Mammoth Cavern but my favorite room was “ The Jungle Room”. Micheal Jordan was dunking a basket ball in to a hoop . There was a scorpion on the wall . There was a lot of nature made markings in the cave. An hour later, we were out of the cave. We walked back to the gift shop. Micah,Grant,Calvin,Adam,and I made a thing called the snake hole club . As soon as we got back ,our tour guide passed us out a bag of sand with a few gems . We washed out the gems by a water pump at the start . We would move the sifter side to side until the gems were clean. I picked up left over sand and put it in my sifter to see if any gems were in it . Sadly, I got none in the sludge (left over sand ) . At lunch time I was talking to Kade, Mr.LaMarr, and a few other friends. I had 2 corn dogs,saltine crackers,sprite, and carrots. I recommend Mammoth Caverns as a family group visit . You can get large bags of the sand with a few gems for $9.99 + tax and a small one for $ 8.99 + tax . I had a great time at California Caverns.

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    1. Good summary of the day, Charlie. The structures in the Jungle Room were interesting. It would be fun to spend time in there and try to find our own images in the structures.

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    2. Isn't it California Caverns not Mammoth Caverns? We went to California Caverns

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  46. Wait Mammoth Cavern? Ohhh..... now it makes sense. its called California Caverns, But its real name is Mammoth Cavern right? Anyway, FANTASTIC Job!!

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    1. Mammoth Cavern is actually in Kentucky. California Caverns is where we were.

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  47. Great blog Charlie, you explained a lot of things very well, your blog has a lot of details this blog is one of a kind!!!

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  48. Hi fourth graders! You guys write quite inspiring blogs! I enjoyed reading about your class' experience at California Caverns. You all have such a unique piece of writing.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by the blog, Emelia. I sure wish your class could have gone to the caverns. Thank you for reading about our adventures; I am glad you enjoyed them!

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  49. John F. (Now in Mrs. Darrow's Class)October 26, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    I like all these blogs! Last year we didn't go to the caverns because of the fires. after all of your blogs, i feel like I did go there! Emelia beat me to it, but I am constantly looking at these blogs. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you John for keeping an eye on our blogs. I sure wish we could have gone on this trip last year. I hope that our blogs entice you to go on your own some day!

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    2. John F. (Now in Mrs. Darrow's Class)November 2, 2016 at 4:14 PM

      I very well may!

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  50. California Caverns

    A cold wind was blowing out from a dark medium sized hole. I’ve never been in a cave or a cavern so I was super excited! Then I knew I was at California Caverns. At first I was bored out from the 2 hour car drive. When we finally arrived I jumped out of the car and ran to the gift shop! When I went in the gift shop I looked around and I didn’t know what to get. There was necklaces, earrings, gigantic geodes, small geodes, 3D heart shaped rocks, and etc. Then I knew what I wanted. Breana and I bought a matching pair of earrings instead of BFF necklaces or bracelets, and we paid together. I also bought a gigantic geode that was split in half on a shelf and an amethyst necklace! Then when I finished buying my things I went to the caverns. At first the cavern was cold and dark. Then as we looked inside the different caverns I was amazed! There were cave bacon, soda straws, cave pearls, cave popcorn, stalagmites, stalactites, and columns! Then we went to gemstone mining. I found lots of interesting gemstones. I found amethyst, aquamarine, a gemstone that looks like orange calcite, and many more. My favorite part was the bridal chamber and jungle room. I liked the bridal chamber because the wedding cake made me hungry and the bride’s hand was creepy and cool. I like the jungle room because it had flowstone in interesting shapes like animals. I also like the jungle room because there were funny shapes for instance like cave Buddha. Something that amazed me was how some gemstones when they have water and is in the sunlight, they are shinier than they are dry. One thing I didn’t know that I learned is cave popcorn takes about 1 year to form. California Caverns was the BEST field trip EVER!

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  51. I wish I went on this field trip.

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