Last Monday, October 3, Todd and I had the day off of work so we decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather ( mid 70's) and go on an Iowa Adventure. We have both wanted to go explore the Maquoketa Caves. I have to be honest, I had some concerns with my knees and size. I shared this with Todd and told him if I could not make it I do want him to explore without me. Off we went leaving in the late morning in our Rav4 and drove to Maquoketa.
The park is made up of bluffs, Raccoon Creek, a valley with Caves. This area was not touched by the glaciers from the last great ice age and sits on a 300 acre park. A stream flows through many caves and some caves are so narrow one has to army crawl to get through. In the center is the largest cave, Dancehall Cave which is 1,100 foot long. This cave has three openings. We explored two of the three openings. The park has 13 caves named to explore and 29 campsites.
This was our first cave (Middle Dance Cave) and I chose not to do the very first one because of all of the stairs. I was afraid to hurt my knees right at the beginning and not be able to adventure the others. Todd did go on without me.
We made only 5 of the 13 caves. We most definitely plan to do this again, possibly camp there so we can explore all of the caves.
Maquoketa is 1 hours and 26 minutes away from Iowa City.