Days Inn Benson
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... in time. IU was worried because we were running late. Only catch is, Arizona does not do the whole daylight savings thing, so it was an hour earlier! woohoo!
The cool thing about the place we had booked is that it used to be a bordello... and better yet, it was reputed to be haunted. Once we got sorted with all the paperwork and such, Sam and I headed into town to see what we could see. The first thing we saw was the ...
... and it
was fantastic. It is a living cave and was only discovered a short time
ago….1974 and became a State Park in 1988. We were not allowed to take anything
into the cave….so no pictures. It was very humid…100% and about 76 degrees.
There are two tours, the Big Room and the Rotunda. We went into the Big Room
and will be back to see the Rotunda another time. The Big Room also served as a
bat delivery room and ...
... a long time volunteer at the museum named Marge. She was a former Air Force captain, and one of the crew leaders on a missile team back in the day. I was excited we were able to get on this tour, as first hand knowledge is difficult to beat.
We started out with a movie, explaining how the silo worked and why it was there. Being a history/technology buff, these are another thing I've read about for years...but never thought I'd ...
... until the little level mounted on the dash shows that you are level. Since we're leaving, you hit a button that says "all up"......and it runs them all up. After running up the jacks, the motorhome has a "slide", or a slide out room, which motors run in and out. Usually, while Laurie runs in the slide and puts all the things in the motorhome that will move around in a stable place, I deal with the outside stuff.
... 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of pristine cave passages. Hoping to protect the cave from vandalism,
they kept the location a secret for fourteen years, deciding that the
best way to preserve the cavern — which was near a freeway ...