Trip to Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park
On Saturday morning, we went to Penn’s Cave and had a trip in the wildlife park there. Several Chinese students who are studying for doctor degrees here drove us there and they were also very enthusiastic about this trip.
As we drove along the main road, we saw many small houses that must be very comfortable and cozy. As we passed a magnificent building with a huge field behind it, someone told us that it was the prison of this city, which surprised us a lot because it did not coincide with our common impression about a prison (maybe the darkness and eeriness was driven away by the dazzling sunshine of that day).
After some detours, we finally arrived at the Penn’s Cave Park. Though some of us had been here before, somehow they failed to inform all of the new comers of the coldness in the cave. We felt clearly that the temperature was dropping as we made each step down to the cave.
A tour guide unfastened a boat and helped all of us get on it one by one. This was a trip to a world millions of years ago. Stagmalite and stalactite were everywhere, and some of them might have had witnessed how dinosaurs dominated this world. The voice of the tour guide echoed in the cave and it never ended. In a cave of a history of millions of years, everyone had the illusion that time was frozen. We left the cave without saying goodbye to it, as if we were afraid of disturbing its serenity accumulated in millions of years.
The reunion with the sunshine drove the coldness away, yet it was not long before we began to miss it. A bus took us around and we were excited to see many cute animals along the road. However, it seemed that we were not welcomed here. They lay under the trees to escape the sunshine and never bothered to take a look at these black-eyed strangers. The most interesting animal we saw might be a white wolf. Our tour guide seemed to be very familiar with that guy and after several whistles he loomed out of the trees and shrubs. Again, he was a lazy one and after finding out there were some strangers other than his intimate, he turned around and walked back to his residence.
Having finished our trip, we were invited by Prof. Li to eat lunch at the best local Chinese restaurant. For the first time since we arrived here, there was no cheese served.
A great day has passed, and we’ve begun to imagine how wonderful tomorrow will be.