The Secret Snow Caves of Jordan

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Many of you may not know about the secret snow caves of Jordan, Minnesota…
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Their locations are a well guarded secret, but (being the “adventurer” that I am) I am going out on a limb here to tell you about my “once in a lifetime” opportunity to not only find the caves, but to photograph them, and then - get up close to the mysterious occupants (the infamous Snow Creatures) of the snow caves!
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The story starts out today while outside in “white out” blizzard, I had lost my way. I wondered around the Timberline Forest in snow deep enough to cover every trail and their markings. I had wandered past a park bench that was half sticking out of the snow. I could tell by the snow depth that I may never find my way home again.
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After passing the park bench, I continued wondering thru the zero-visibility conditions (completely lost). After what seemed like hours, I came across a couple of unique sightings. First, I saw a small snowbird. This was not an unusual sighting as the landscape of the Timberline Forest has many unique formations that encourage the growth of the snowbirds. After passing a couple of “routine” snowbirds, I came across one of the largest snowbirds I have ever seen. This snowbird hung over the edge more than two feet. It was layered like a humongous tree fungus mushroom!
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As I passed the snowbirds in awe, I had completely lost track of the path, and found myself wandering thru drifts of snow waist deep. I was still trying to find my way in the “white-out” conditions, and was completely lost was when I first saw them! I could not believe my eyes. Could it be? Was I facing the lost snow caves of Jordan, Minnesota?
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I approached carefully. I had heard rumors of the Snow Creatures that were believed to live in these caves. As I approached the caves, the first thing I noticed was that they were empty. I was relived as, who knows what could have become of me if these caves were occupied.

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I started taking some photographs, and noting some of the characteristics of the caves. Both were large enough to hold a small child. One was oblong and deep, like a huge cocoon. The other was like a letter Y. It had one entrance and two cocoons going off at opposite angles. There would be room for two Snow Creatures in this cave! Both were fully covered, and had only a small opening compared to the rest of the caves, and both look like they had been rudely cut from the snow bank by hand.
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One other quick observation I had. The area surrounding the single cave had been nicely cleared out. It appeared as if someone had recently groomed the area, and it was very clean and easy to walk through EXECPT the area where the cave had been burrowed out and all the debris from building this cave had been left in the nicely (and recently) cleaned area. I wonder who cleaned the area up, and I wonder who messed it by digging out the cave. Even more interesting to me - I wonder how the person who cleared the area (just prior) felt about having it all messed up with snow cave debris?? (Grin).
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After taking some quick photos, I hid in the snow hoping to see the occupants of these caves. My waiting had paid off! It was not long before the two Snow Creatures returned to their homes and nestled in.
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In fear that you, my beloved readers, would not have faith in my unbelievable story, I felt it important to try and document the once in a lifetime opportunity to actually photograph one of these magnificent snow creatures in their natural habitat. I slowly snuck up to the first cave, peeked in (with my camera at the ready), and just as the snow creature poked her head out. I quickly snapped a picture, and fled before she knew what had happened.
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I ran as fast as I could until I reached the second snow cave. There (just like the first cave) I snuck up to the entrance, and peered in (camera at the ready - as usual). I was faced with another one of these snow creatures. This one was much deeper in the cave, and all I could see is a head peering out of one of the niches in the cave.
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This was almost a miracle. I actually saw two of the snow creatures! I was in such awe that I actually have no idea how I got back to the safety of my own home, or how long it took me. All I know is that I was soaked from head to foot. My shoes, socks, pants, coat, gloves and hat were all dripping wet.
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I hope this story has been as enjoyable for you to read as it was for me to experience!
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David
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