Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A Journey to the Center of the Earth

Alright so we didn't go to the center of the earth. I am not sure how far down we went, but I am pretty sure we were really nowhere near the center of the earth. It just felt like it. When you are in the cave you feel so far away.

We had a great time. I was hesitant to go in the cave this year. It is hard work and it has been 3 years, 2 babies and about 20 (+) pounds since I last went caving. I decided to go in for the kids. It was Lydia's first time in the cave and I wanted to be there. (well I guess with that logic I will have to go two more times) We took the kids (mine and my brothers) in before the larger group of teens and adults came from our church. Here the kids are preparing to go to the cave.

I had not been in this cave before. It is a lot different than the other one we go to. I liked it better. There was running water in it. We had to do a lot of crawling and even military crawling, but it wasn't the tight squeezes I remembered from the other cave. The wet makes it very dirty, but at least you are not breathing in dust.
Here we are eating lunch.

It was very hard work. My knees were sore and I have the bruises to prove it. (Though most of the scratches came the day we went rappelling. More on that later.) I found muscles that I forgot were there. I am still a little stiff. But I really enjoyed it. There is that sense of accomplishment in pushing yourself and doing it! I was glad I was there with the kids too. Here are the pictures when we got out of the cave.

Kellen wrote you a poem about it . . .

Dirty in a Cave
Very dirty in a cave.
Crawling through the dirt,
Water dripping on my head.
Dirty in a cave.


  1. that sums it up really. I had fun and kind of lok forward to doing that in November over thanksgiving...

  2. Wow, that looks exciting! What a family adventure! You all look a bit tired but very satisfied in that last one.

  3. I am so glad you posted this, especially with the photos. You guys just impress the socks off me. From the looks of it, that guy with the white beard was part of the group, too. Where's Mamaw?
    Aunt Nancy

  4. Tired? No . . . completely exhausted!

    Papaw is the captain on these trips! Mamaw well, she retired from the caving circuit a few years back.

  5. Somebody had to stay with the 2 little ones. Oh, the sacrifices we make!!!!