I had lived in Springfield, MO for almost a year before I visited Fantastic Caverns.
- I had heard a lot about them, and it sounded like an amazing place to go.
My daughter was off for the summer, and it was feeling like it was going to be a hot one this year. It was the middle of July, and the temperatures were in the nineties. She told me she had read that Fantastic Caverns was always around 60 degrees, so we grabbed a sweater and headed out. It was less than ten miles away, and I was as excited as she was to go. She told me the karst landscape is that of much of the Missouri underground. I asked her what karst means, and she looked it up. It said that ‘karst’ landscape meant it was underlain by limestone, which has been erosion. This produces ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes and other characteristic landforms. We took a 55 minute jeep-drawn tram ride into Fantastic cavern. The guide told us Fantastic Caverns was America’s only ride-through cave system. I had to admit that Fantastic Caverns lived up to its name, and it really was only 60 degrees in there. The heat and humidity hit us like a ton of bricks when we got out of there, and we couldn’t wait to get home to the air conditioning. I wonder if it would be the same if we visited in the winter. Would it feel even colder when we got outside, or would the sixty degrees feel almost hot? I’ll need to go during the winter just to satisfy my curiosity.
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