Great Basin National Park, one of the least visited National Park in the United States, was our first stop on our trip. We researched a little bit and decided when to start our trip based on two things: one was not too early to Great Basin as the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive might still be closed (according to the ranger who I called) but not too late that it may get too hot when we arrived at Utah as we planned to do lots of hiking there. It was already May 22nd so we didn’t bring our snowshoes for our trip (although we thought about it but ditched them to save room as GBNP might be only place we could use them.) When we arrived at Great Basin, we realized that it was a mistake as the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive was not completely open and many trails were still covered in snow.
We attempted to hike a little bit but gave up after 50 yards due to thick snow. We migrated down to the lower elevation and was greeted with much better climate and lots of flowers and even a snake. The little hike was enjoyable before we moved on to the Lehman Caves, one of the most decorated caves in the world. The caves can only be entered via a tour, thus we joined one. Five minutes into the tour, Kadia who just became potty trained recently wanted to go so Susan had to take her out which left me carrying Bryden with the front pouch. So always remember to put a diaper on the little ones for a cave trip.
The cave itself was impressive. It had a lot of stalactites, stalgmites, flowstone, popcorn, bacon and many other things I didn’t know the name. It was not big like the Mammoth caves, nor complex like Wind Caves nor unreal like Jewel Caves (other caves we visited later on during the trip) but it was beautiful with its abundant different formations everywhere; I especially like the draperies formation. I highly recommended the tour.
The last thing I remember from there was the night sky; the stars practically lit up the whole sky. There was only one other time I saw so many stars: there bound to be other intelligent beings out there.