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The two RV Gypsies took Karen's sister to Ruby Falls
on Lookout Mountain
July 21, 2014

Karen Duquette by the Ruby Falls sign
Karen Duquette's sister by the Ruby Falls sig
Ruby Falls Cave combines with Lookout Mountain Cave to form the Lookout Mountain Caverns. The two caves are not actually connected by any passage. Ruby Falls Cave is the upper of the two and contains a variety of geological formations and curiosities which Lookout Mountain Cave does not have. There is an elevator to get down into the cave.
Ruby Falls elevator sign
Lee Duquette and Ilse Blahak
formation inside Ruby Falls
formation inside Ruby Falls
column in Ruby Falls
formation inside Ruby Falls
Ilse Blahak in Ruby Falls
 

Donkey

Donkey in Ruby Falls

Cactus and Candle

Crystal Chandelier

Ilse and the Cactus and Candle
Crystal Chandelier formation inside Ruby Falls
formation inside Ruby Falls
formation inside Ruby Falls

Onyx Jungle

Onyx jUngle sign
Onyx Jungle formation inside Ruby Falls
Ilse Blahak, Lee Duquette in Ruby Falls cave
formation inside Ruby Falls cave

People threw coins in the water

FISH

coins in water in the cave
fish formation inside Ruby Falls

Hall of Dreams

Karen points to the Leaning Tower

Hall of Dreams formation inside Ruby Falls
Leaning Tower formation inside Ruby Falls
turtle formation inside Ruby Falls

Beehives

Beehives formation inside Ruby Falls
beehive formation inside Ruby Falls

Dragon's Foot

 
dragon's foot formation inside Ruby Falls
formation inside Ruby Falls
 

Bacon

formation inside Ruby Falls
bacon formation inside Ruby Falls

Potato Chip

potato chip formation inside Ruby Falls
 

Tobacco Leaves

formation inside Ruby Falls
tobacco leaves formation inside Ruby Falls

Niagara Falls Flowstone

Niagara Falls
Niagara falls formation inside Ruby Falls
The Falls are located at the end of the main passage of Ruby Falls Cave in a large vertical shaft. The stream, 1,120 feet underground, is fed both by rainwater and natural springs. It collects in a pool in the cave floor and then continues through the mountain until finally joining the Tennessee River at the base of Lookout Mountain. Lights at the bottom of the falls gives the illusion that the water changes colors.
waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
When the two RV Gypsies were last here in 2011 with their grandson, they were able to walk behind the waterfall, but the guide said that can no longer be done because people complained. Well, what about all the people who didn't complain? What about the people who complain that they only came to walk behind the falls? That was Karen's favorite part of this tour, so she was disappointed and will not return again, not will she bring people here anymore, and she won't recommend this cave to anyone, even through she has been here about four different times.
waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
Karen Duquette and her sister
Ilse in Ruby Falls cave
western sunset waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls

Below: Mirror Pool

mirror pool waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
mirror pol waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain
Steak and Potatoes waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls
elephant's foot waterfall in the cave of Ruby Falls

Andy, the guide at Ruby Falls was a funny person and kept the tour interesting. But the tour group was so large (three elevators full of people) that he was not able to talk a lot about Ruby Falls. The other three times that the two RV Gypsies were at Ruby Falls, the tour groups were smaller (only one elevator full of people) and the guides told more about Ruby Falls, its history, and the formations. Oh well, the two RV Gypsies won't return to Ruby Falls anyway now that they can't walk behind the waterfall.

Andy the guide at Ruby Falls

The 2011 photos of Ruby Falls can be found by using the TOC button at the top of any page and choosing waterfalls.

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in  Chattanooga, Tennessee - July 19-21, 2014
You may visit these eight (8) sites in any order you choose.
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Chattanooga, Ross Landing & the water steps, sculptures & more

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Incline Railway

Rock City

Ruby Falls - a waterfall in a cave

Point Park

duck ride on the Tennessee River

Lookout Mountain Chattanooga West KOA in Trenton, Georgia

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