Sunday, April 09, 2006

Sunday Spelunking

Unfortunately, my current rotation involves working six days a week, so getting home on weekends to see my friends has been a little daunting. To cheer me up, my best friend came out for a visit last night after I had finished work. We saw “Thank You for Smoking” and ate all sorts of things with no nutritional value.


This morning, we got up at 5 am and drove down to this place, which was way cool. The park has been in existence for less than twenty years, and there is much more effort being put forth towards preservation of the caverns than others that I have visited. And, although I was already familiar with stalagmites and stalagtites, today I learned about helictites, soda straw formations, and troglobites just to name a few.

We currently have a disagreement going on about the word spelunking—she says it specifically means scuba diving in caves, but just gives the brief definition of cave exploring, so I’m using it!


After the cave tour, my friend and I went a hike, with this one being about 4 miles long. Once again, it was in the noonday sun, but for most of it we had a good, strong breeze.


Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous...I should see if there are caves to explore up here.

Chris said...

You are right, Kate, spelunking is the hobby of cave exploration in general. Cave diving is a subcategory of spelunking.

Interesting caverns! Alexis, Brett, Trevor and I have gone to Forbidden Caverns and had a great time.

I hope you are holding up okay in your rotation.

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