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West Virginia – Exploring the depths of a Bat Cave

Heading up north back to Toronto, we stopped by West Virginia to check out Organ Cave – one of the oldest and largest caves on the East Coast of the States.  It was a hiding place for over 1,100 Confederate soldiers for three years and a mining operation for extracting minerals such as saltpeter for the American Civil war. I arrived totally underdressed and was sent back to get some sneakers on and warm clothes… Thank god I listened to our guide because it was freezing inside the dungeons cavities of the giant cave.   All sorts of cool creatures inhabit the cave including bats!  I’ve never seen one in real life and these guys were hibernating so we got a pretty close up look at them.  Some of the bats have a coat ing of frost on their body because the heat from their body freezes over from the cool temperatures of the cave!  We also learned that, unfortunately, because of changes in the ecosystem thousands of bats are dying each year 😦  Our guide …