The Moaning Caverns of California

Hi everybody! 

So a few weeks ago, I traveled to Santa Cruz and the Moaning Caverns out in Calaveras County. The caverns are about a two hour drive from Martinez, so relatively close. If you've never been into any caverns, I highly recommend it! 

(Although the best caverns are still Carlsbad :P)

 This ride cost $10... one way. But it was kind of worth it for the view.

This ride cost $10... one way. But it was kind of worth it for the view.

 The view from up high

The view from up high

 I think this is like a mascot for the park. A little strange if you ask me

I think this is like a mascot for the park. A little strange if you ask me

 Just riding along

Just riding along

 Looking down on all the little people

Looking down on all the little people

 The view from the pier. 

The view from the pier. 

 So this is the entrance to the Moaning Caves 😯 jk that's if you choose the rappel option, which is a three hour expedition. We did the walking tour, which is approximately 45 minutes down a flight of stairs. 

So this is the entrance to the Moaning Caves 😯 jk that's if you choose the rappel option, which is a three hour expedition. We did the walking tour, which is approximately 45 minutes down a flight of stairs. 

 According to our tour guide, when they first discovered the cave, they found some human remains. This is an actual human skull. One of the few artifacts that the caves were allowed to keep.

According to our tour guide, when they first discovered the cave, they found some human remains. This is an actual human skull. One of the few artifacts that the caves were allowed to keep.

 This is when you reach the first stop. The stairs down to this level can be a bit claustrophobic. But even I, who has a bit of claustrophobia, was able to make it down rather easily. 

This is when you reach the first stop. The stairs down to this level can be a bit claustrophobic. But even I, who has a bit of claustrophobia, was able to make it down rather easily. 

 A little bit of a wider shot

A little bit of a wider shot

 You can see the spiral ladder you'll be taking to the bottom

You can see the spiral ladder you'll be taking to the bottom

 This is at the bottom. You can see a group of rappelers on the bottom left

This is at the bottom. You can see a group of rappelers on the bottom left

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 This is at the very bottom. That's the staircase you take down. The lights at the very top are where you come down from. 

This is at the very bottom. That's the staircase you take down. The lights at the very top are where you come down from. 

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 This is known as the chocolate fountain

This is known as the chocolate fountain

 This had a name but I honestly forgot what it's called. Maybe Cthulu?

This had a name but I honestly forgot what it's called. Maybe Cthulu?

 One more from the bottom

One more from the bottom

 These are the stairs leading up to the entrance from the first stop.

These are the stairs leading up to the entrance from the first stop.

 After the caves, we headed to Angel's Camp for some lunch. We stopped at Angel's Mexican Kitchen. It was pretty good for Mexican food up here. I believe this was the chile verde

After the caves, we headed to Angel's Camp for some lunch. We stopped at Angel's Mexican Kitchen. It was pretty good for Mexican food up here. I believe this was the chile verde

 And I had the taquitos. They were under all the lettuce... but still very tasty. 

And I had the taquitos. They were under all the lettuce... but still very tasty. 

Anyway, if you haven't been to the Moaning Caverns, I highly recommend it. There are also two other caves you can visit within the area, the Black Chasm Cavern and the California Caverns.

Thanks for reading!