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Wilde About Texas: Explore summer underground
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With temperatures continuing to top 100 degrees, many people in Central Texas are looking for things to do to cool off.
Cascade Caverns has been a subterranean destination since the 1930s, and this time of year it's the perfect escape from the summer sun.
"You’re going to start to feel that change in temperature right about in here. We're actually going to start to feel it. It actually stays about 62 degrees in the cavern year-round so it will be nice and cool," Cascade Caverns Guide Joshua Leerhoff said.
Leerhoff has been leading tours for the past six years, but he's been coming to caverns for much longer.
"When I was little I always used to come to this cave it was just one of the things to do in the area. It was a really neat place to come and see so it was always a place I would have wanted to come and work," he said.
Despite the severe drought, water continues to flow through Cascade Caverns.
"Going through the cave there's no possibility of not getting dripped on, there's just water pouring from everything, that's just how much water we have, it's really neat," Leehoff said.
He says the cave's easy access makes it ideal for those new to underground exploration.
"It's a good little cave to come and see, especially good starter cave, the first cave you ever see it's the kind of feel you get coming into the caverns. It's real up close and personal with some of the formations," Leerhoff said.
The cool conditions don't hurt either. Cascade Caverns also offers special flashlight-only tours and excursions for the more adventurous.