Entering a cave below ground.
One of the few things I enjoy about living in Idaho is caving. The area is covered in an ancient lava flow that makes the surface very rough and hot! Below ground is a different world unlike the harsh one above. It is MUCH cooler and has frozen ice crystals to look at. It can also be very dangerous. A guide is essential. DO NOT attempt to explore caves yourself! You can get lost and seriously injured or killed. There are underground rivers that melt and freeze. It can trap you in the cave. There are also snakes and bats which make their homes in the dark, cool earth. You can also freeze to death if you are not properly prepared. The water coming down from the surface also freezes, pushing rock away from cave walls and when it thaws, there is nothing for the rock to cling to and it falls from the ceiling which can hit you on the head or hand or foot, or kill you. When approached with safety and caution, caving can be a beautiful and magical place to find yourself. You become one with the earth and see places very few people can. Remember not to leave your garbage or bodily functions behind. Remove nothing from the caves and only take pictures with you. Caves are fragile. Footprints and fires can damage them. I am including these photos because I enjoy being part of Nature. I hope you can appreciate the beauty in the desert too. More photos are on my MySpace website. Thanks for visiting.