Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More progress on the Spanish Creek Bridge

 (from the west side looking east)

(from the east side looking west)

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Caves at Lava Beds National Monument

Ben, Grant, and I drove up here on Sunday of Labor Day weekend (we were staying with Dolores in McArthur) to explore the caves and lava beds.  There's a lot of history about this place.  Stories tell of a band of 60 natives holding off a large group of cavalry, which is understandable what with all the places to hide and hold ambushes.  I imagine it must be like this in Afghanistan, where guerrilla warfare is the way of life.

Grant and Ben explored deeper in the caves than I did.  None had any artificial light source other than the flashlights we carried with us.  I braved a couple of the ones that had handrails and walkways that took us deep into the earth to where ice is constant.  Where the floor was bedrock and uneven, I stayed within sight of the entrance.  If we go back, I want to bring a bigger flashlight.

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One of the few remaining petroglyphs

Grant's "art" - I love this shot!

A view of the ceiling

A collapsed lava tube

This is how steep the stairs were going down into this ice cave

We visited 6 caves and there are still more to explore!  We'd love to introduce others to this marvelous place, so if you're in the area, give us a call!