Natural Bridge Cavern and
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The 60-foot natural limestone slab bridge that spans the amphitheater setting of the entrance to the Natural
Bridge Caverns. The Natural Bridge Caverns is located at 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, Natural
Bridge Caverns, TX.

On January 25, 2019, we drove north about 28 miles from San Antonio to tour the fantastic Natural Bridge
Caverns and the nearby Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch as part of our 3-day tour of San Antonio.

Natural Bridge Cavern is the largest stunning show cavern in Texas where visitors can see amazing variety of  
beautiful formations such as flowstones, stalactites, chandeliers, stalagmites, soda straws, etc.
這是德州境內最大的 “活” 鐘乳岩琉璃洞,洞內奇石百出,鬼斧神工,琳瑯滿目,絢麗多姿,玲瓏玉潤。


Absolutely gorgeous! Full of beautiful and complex structures.

The Natural Bridge Caverns is not an ordinary cave. This cavern is huge, one of the largest underground
attractions in Texas! Daily guided tours allow guests to explore large underground chambers and see amazing
huge formations of dripstones, flowstones stalactites hanging from ceiling or ledges, stalagmites rise from the
cavern floor towards the ceiling, soda straws (hollow stalactites), columns, calcite crystal deposit, etc.

The largest chamber is bigger than a football field.
迷人的氣質和奇險幽深的風格,堪稱一座 “地下迷宮”。

The caverns are definitely a must see/do. The views are spectacular.

We took the basic tour (Discovery Tour) which was just fine for us, the retirees at senior age. The walking
path is very well done and has a stainless steel handrail throughout.

It is a great way to get your daily exercise in. The hiking trail in the caverns goes down 180 feet, then climb
back up. It is equivalent to going down and up an 18-story tall building with no elevator.

(There is a more challenging and strenuous option of Hidden Passage Tour into different areas for younger
people.)
由上而下結成為冰柱狀垂掛在天花板的稱為鐘乳石,從地面冒出頭圓錐狀如竹筍般的稱為石筍,兩者不斷生長
到上下兩端相接後逐漸成為石柱。


However, you have to be reasonably fit physically. The tour guide warns those with health issues. There are
no elevators, the hiking trail goes down about 180 feet, you will have to walk back up, equivalent to going
down 18 stories of a building, then climb back up. There are a lot of downhill, uphill and stairs along the way.
It does get quite steep at times, and some people seemed to struggle with it. Ascending to the exit is quite a
workout. The inside temperature is 70 degrees F and the humidity is 99% with some water dropping on us as
we walked. It was quite a trek! It was also quite muggy. So if you have breathing issues, heart condition or
other health problems - beware!
大自然的雕塑品,各型各樣的鐘乳石的確令人大開眼界,人們可以發揮想像力的把生活中的所見的延伸的這些
很有造型的石頭上,有像高塔、佛像、海裡的水草、鳳梨、霜淇淋、荷包蛋、蛋糕,等等。

It is amazing.
洞頂垂懸下來的豪華琉璃吊燈,富麗堂皇,風貌獨特, 奇景令人驚歎。由上而下結成為冰柱狀垂掛在天花板的
稱為鐘乳石。

The cave has several large chambers that you’ll enter, each with unique and fantastic formations.
I have been to several caverns and this one is by far the wettest one that I have been in.

It is quite a challenge for photographers to take pictures in this cavern. Beside the issue of low light
condition, the 70 degree temperature and 99% humidity in the cavern cause the water vapor condensation
on the lens of the camera quickly such that the camera cannot see and cannot focus well. I have to use soft
tissue to wipe off water condensation on the lens almost constantly to be able to take some decent pictures.
The formations are so beautiful, it’s natural art at its best. The caverns are full of strange-looking rock
formations of stalactites, stalagmites, dripping rock columns, soda straws or tooth picks like stones hanging
from the ceiling, barnacle-like or coral-like popcorns, flowstones, dripstones, curtain-like or drape-like stone
walls, etc.
It is gorgeous inside. The sights and the experience are fantastic.
鐘乳石,石筍,石柱,石幔,石花,琳瑯滿目,比比皆是, 景象萬千。

Awesome!
The rock formations are beautiful. We enjoyed very much and took many pictures.

These YouTube videos provides more information on and nice photos in Natural Bridge Caverns:

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ExnV0j4g5Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4s1rlKs7Io

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf-y6OIyYQE


As retired senior people, we did not try the Hidden Passages Adventure Tour of Natural Bridge Caverns as
shown in this YouTube video:

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PZAGddda6o
Amazing formations and sights.
The zig-zag path to go from the waiting area down to the entrance of the caverns.

Texas is blessed with some of the nation's most interesting "show" caves. In Texas, more than
5,000 caves
have been surveyed . South Central Texas is one of the best regions in Texas for caving and there are more
than 1,000 caves within 40 miles of San Antonio. The Natural Bridge Cavern is the largest known commercial
cavern in the state of Texas.
From the waiting area looking down to the entrance of Natural Bridge Caverns. A group of visitors are listening
to the tour guide before entering the caverns.

Four options of cavern tour are available.

Option 1 is the Discovery Tour, the Caverns’ original tour of the first half-mile of the cave network where
enormous and elaborate natural stonework continues to grow in the slowly seeping water.

Option 2 is  the Hidden Passages Tour to see some of the cavern network’s most unusual and delicate
formations.

Option 3 is the Lantern Tour and see the cavern by the light of your cave lantern just like the discoverers saw it.

Option 4 is the most challenging option for younger and adventurous people, the Hidden Passages Adventure
Tour. You’ll be outfitted with all the necessary caving gear including a rope harness, helmet and helmet light
then lowered down a 160-foot shaft for a true deep cave experience, including crawling on your stomach
through narrow passages.
In the large open area near the waiting area, there are 60-foot towers and 2-Way Canopy Zip-Lines for
interested visitors to "fly" 2-way round trip across the scenic Texas Hill Country.
In addition to the Canopy Zip-Lines, there
is also Canopy Explorer Ropes Course
which will test your agility on over 40
different obstacles while you are on the 4
story, 60-foot-high Adventure Course.
Closer view of the Canopy Explorer Ropes Course. Please see the following YouTube videos on many visitors
enjoying the Canopy Explorer Ropes Course and the Zip-Lines:

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=amgP6A4E4Ik

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2UTBgX23Rc
The ticket office for interested visitors to buy ticket to enjoy the Canopy Zip-Lines and Canopy Explorer Ropes
Course.
The safety harnesses, gears, devices and tools for visitors to enjoy the Canopy Zip-Lines and Canopy
Explorer Ropes Course safely.

There is also an outdoor maze area as " A Maze Ranch Roundup". But I did not go to that area and I have no
pictures to show.
One of several Texas longhorn cattle seen in Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.
漂亮的長頸鹿。

One of several giraffe
抬頭挺胸,這角好像很重。

One of the giant horn cattle, Watusi. They are well known for their impressive, upturned horns which can each
reach 5 ft (150 cm) in length. They are also known as the Cattle of Kings.
水晶宮殿,洞廳寬大, 抬頭上望,氣勢宏偉。
Two of many handsome zebras.

After touring the Natural Bridge Caverns, we came to tour the nearby Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch located at
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266.  It is a Texas-style African safari for visitors to
drive their own cars on six miles of paved ranch road through 450 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, and
magnificent live oak trees to watch over 500 wild animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered animal
species worldwide in a free-roaming 450 acre environment.
如果你願意,很多動物也都喜歡和你親密互動, 來這邊和動物們近距離接觸真是一個很難得的體驗。

Emu is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich.

Once the visitor gets to the admissions booth and pays the entrance fee, the visitor gets a safari map and a
bag of food pellets. The visitors can feed these animals straight from their cars as they drive through the
safari.
訪客們不僅能夠近距離觀察這些稀有的動物,還可以餵食它們。

Many animals here including this Emu love these food pallets, sometimes stick their heads inside visitor's car
to get the food pellets.
Grey Crowned Crane is found in eastern and southern Africa, and is the national bird of Uganda. The plumage
of grey-crowned crane is mainly grey with pale-grey neck and black and white wings. More beautiful pictures
of gray crowned crane can be seen
here.
角又直又長,臉上又像戴了面具一樣,好神奇啊!

Gemsbok or South African oryx (Oryx gazelle) is a large antelope in the genus Oryx. It is native to the arid
regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert.
Wildebeest also called gnus, is native to Africa.
Ostrich, the largest and heaviest living bird. The amazing speed of the ostrich is helpful in outrunning
predators. Their long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet in a single stride. They may use their wings as "rudders"
to help them change direction while running. The ostrich can also use its powerful legs to kick like a
kangaroo. Ostrich kicks can kill a human or a potential predator like a lion.  Ostriches can also defend
themselves with a 4-inch sharp claw on each foot.
坐在車內與動物親密接觸, 奇妙的體驗。

May be a Dama Gazelle.
Dama Gazelle, this antelope is the largest gazelle species. They live on dry land of Africa.

We enjoyed very much this tour of Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.

After our 3-day tour of San Antonio including downtown River Walk area, Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural
Bridge Wildlife Ranch, we drove south on Highway 37 to the coastal Texas areas to start our tour for
fantastic bird watching and dolphin watching along coastal Texas areas, especially on Galveston Island. The
results from the tour of coastal Texas are on my web page at:

https://
www.shltrip.com/Fantastic_Bird_Watching_in_Galveston.html

The results from our tour of downtown areas of San Antonio including River Walk, The Alamo and Tower of
the Americas are on my web page at:

https://
www.shltrip.com/A_Tour_of_San_Antonio.html
斑馬紛紛圍上前來,跟你打個招呼,與野生動物親密接觸的美好旅程。

Some animals eat the food pellets right from visitor's hand inside the car. Some other animals pick up the food
pellets from the road surface.
沿着車道前行,有各種珍禽異獸,有平日難得一見的動物們,新奇稀有的動物不勝枚舉, 遊客大飽眼福。
游人坐在車裡,慢慢穿行在林間路上,游走在野生動物之間,觀賞野生動物,各種珍禽異獸在外面自由活
動, 暢快的意境。
在美國德州聖安東尼奧的天然橋野生動物牧場裡,飼養著來自世界各地的野生動物, 遊客可以親身體驗的野
生動物園。
讓野生動物自在奔跑及生活的世外桃源。
天然牧場開闊,野生動物眾多,自然風光美妙絕倫。
在這條路上你可以隨自己的喜好,隨時停下車來和路邊的動物打招呼,拍照,餵他們吃園方提供的飼料。而
且,只要你不開出大門,可以在這裡繞上好幾遍,直到你盡興了再離開。
頭上長了巨大角的。