Burial Pt. 2

Already squeezed in a narrow passage I could feel a stiff breeze coming from a hole too small to consider passing through. About seven and a half inches in height and a foot wide the pinch did not seem worth it. Most tight passages become too narrow to crawl through before revealing anything of interest. But then most of those do not have cool air blowing from them hard enough to put out a lighter.

I had slept fitfully in the cave the night before. Tired and dirty I had been exploring with more weight on my back than usual. Still something about this narrow tunnel, hundreds of feet beneath the surface, called to me. The lure of the rushing air spoke of hidden passages and great chambers. Leaving behind all but a flashlight and a camera, I began to pack my body into the wall.

Once I had crammed inside it occurred to me that I was now moving beyond where I could hope for rescue in an emergency. This was not only a world without cell phones, here I would truly be alone, completely reliant upon myself for survival. Admittedly I became scared; almost turning back, I instead relaxed and felt the cool breeze push around me. There was fresh air, it would take time, and I could always move backwards. As I relaxed, the tunnel seemed to release some of its hold on me and I continued.

For 150 feet, I pushed through a space too small to lift my head off the ground. From my sideways perspective I followed the fresh air, hoping this journey was not in vain. Finally the tunnel began to grow and I found myself in a canyon passage whose ceiling stretched 30 feet overhead. Now farther underground than I had ever been in my life, I felt as if I walked among mountains instead of deep under them.


See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
death valley

paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north

steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning