Smile #54 – Nice to Meet You, Emerald Village, Little Switzerland!

Nice to Meet You, Emerald Village, Little Switzerland!

The day has come for this much overdue trip to Emerald Village.  Halfway between Boone and Asheville is Little Switzerland, nicknamed the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The scenic is worth all the curves and turns.  🙂

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For a few nights in 2015, Emerald Village hosts a special event, Black Light Mine Tour.  We arrived just in time to begin the tour.

We were led to a cave with large deposits of Hyalite Opal.  The walls are plainly looking with specs of sparkles.  Although the cave is no longer harvested, the rail track is still in place.

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I am in a cave! And there are bats!

The magic happens when the lights turned off.  Our tour guide explained the various type of minerals in and around the cave.  Once the staff turned on the ultraviolet light, the cave coatings instantly glow in bright green and purple color.  It was absolutely stunning!

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It is bizarre, but wildly spectacular to see nature in a different light (pun intended!).  🙂

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