On Monday, we had the day off work to celebrate on our actual anniversary by hiking and walking around the apple orchard picking apples and drinking cider... and it rained. Cold and rainy is not exactly the best weather for being outside. But thank goodness it didn't rain last year on October 8th, right? So we came up with a backup plan and it turned out to be one of the most stunning waterfalls we've ever seen! In Chattanooga, TN there is a place called Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls is a gorgeous, massive underground waterfall located 1120 feet underground! And you hike through caves to get there! (told you it was awesome!) And the best part... it never rains at Ruby Falls and it's always 60 degrees :)
We took the guided hike/tour through the caves and learned all about how the falls were discovered, more than 80 years ago. To get to the caves, you had to take an elevator down 260 feet.
Walking through the caves was very cool. The rock formations are so impressive.
This one looks like snow with the blue light shining on it!
There were some places in the cave that were very tight. And at one point John had to bend down so his head wouldn't touch the ceiling.
We were all allowed to touch this particular rock formation, and I think if you did it meant good luck. It was so smooth - almost like wax. Another good luck charm in the caves: a drop of water on your head meant 7 years of good fortune in your life.
Here it is... Ruby Falls! Isn't it amazing? It's 145 feet tall.
When we first walked up to the waterfall it was completely dark and all you could hear was the sound of rushing water. And then with dramatic lighting, the spotlights came on and we all oo'd and ahh'd at its beauty.
The pictures of course don't do it justice but you'll just have to take my word for it - it's absolutely stunning. If you want to learn more about Ruby Falls, you can read the trivia here.