Wow! I am really far behind on posts. I guess that's what happens when you go a week without internet connection, go camping for 2 days, and get really, really, sick. Don't worry- I'm better now. This happened over a week ago- Friday, March 25, 2011.
|all 13 students plus Lauren and the professors|
Cueva de Sucre has nothing to do with sugar, but was a lava tube that emptied and left a beautiful cave for us to explore. This is the entrance to the cave...kinda scary, right?
|entrance to the cueva|
Inside the cave it is dark. Really dark. We all had headlamps and flashlights and as you ventured far into the cave, all light from the outside disappeared. There are a few main tunnels that are pretty wide and once and a while the ceiling dips to about 4 ft so ducking and shuffling is required. Oh, and the inside of the cave looks like gold....
That was the required part of the field trip. Next came the optional part. There was a much more narrow tube that went off from the side and we were warned that some crawling might be required. It sounded like an adventure so about half of us decided to try it. It started off like this.... pretty reasonable.
|Colby scoping out the next tunnel|
It was a slippery, wet, small pathway that involved some spider monkey moves
|Hilary in one of the smaller tunnels|
She also got a video of me (that I didn't know was being recored) complaining about being soaking wet on the cave floor, getting my hair stuck on the roof of the cave, and getting stuck halfway through the tunnel. I ended up getting scratched up and bloody knees, arms, and palms.
|Colby army crawling through the tunnel|
So that was my first real cave exploring adventure. I had gone to ones previously, but they had a paved path through the center and included a boat ride (lame). Spelunking has been crossed off the bucket list!