On September 6, we took the kiddos to the Timpanogos Caves. It's a pretty tough hike. It's only 1 1/2 miles each way, but you gain 1,100 feet in elevation.
I hadn't been there since I was a teenager, and Kevin was a little kid last time he was there. My dad had never been there, so he came with us. The kids did great on the hike! Ryker complains less & less about hiking the older he gets. Yay!
The "Heart" of Timpanogos...
This is the natural entrance to one of the caves. They obviously couldn't take tourists through that one, so they drilled bigger entrances for us to access it easier.
It was a lot of fun, and we all learned a lot!
A couple of facts:
Martin Hansen discovered the first cave in 1887 when he was tracking a mountain lion & following it's tracks in the snow. The second cave was discovered in 1913, and the third cave was discovered in 1921, by Martin's son & grandson.
No matter what the temperature is outside, the caves remain at about 45 degrees year round.