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8 Stunning Local Wonders You Should Visit This Summer With Kids

Find these amazing sights right in our own backyard

Published on: June 17, 2019

8 Stunning Local Wonders You Should Visit This Summer With Kids

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A replica of the Blue Lake rhino cave. Credit: Burke Museum

Blue Lake Rhino Cave

About 14 or 15 million years ago, a rhino was overtaken by basalt magma flows. The cooling magma formed rock around the rhino’s body, which eventually decayed. Like a plaster cast, the rock remained in the shape of the rhino. And guess where you’ll find this amazing fossil? In Eastern Washington, a few hundred feet above what is now called Blue Lake.

The cave mouth can be viewed from the lake’s surface (you can rent a rowboat at Sun Village Resort). Skilled rock climbers can even crawl through the cave. Rumor has it that you can still see the impression of the rhino’s belly button.

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