I came specifically to photograph the damage. When I returned home, I discovered I had taken the same photos over and over again. I think I couldn't believe what had happened to this interesting landmark, and subconsciously hoped that in the "next photo" Maribel Caves Hotel would be restored.
I wasn't the only one there. Cars lined the street. People lingered along the fence, taking photos, lost in thought. Except for one woman who yammered on incessantly, everyone was funeral service quiet and somber. It did feel like the death of a friend.
Very sad to have lost this beauty. But even with all the damage, she remains stately!
NEW PHOTOS ADDED December 23, 2013: See also, Maribel Caves Hotel: First winter after the August 2013 tornado.