Rainy Roadtrip 2

Once in a conversation with other explorers the topic of how often our adventures were successful arose. Going around most could only recall a handful of unsuccessful trips. Somewhat chagrined I admitted that most of mine were in fact unsuccessful.

I've led numerous trips that failed to reach or find their destination or had to turn back in the face of extreme danger. Once when I was particularly unhappy a friend wisely told me that only people on bus tours could look at an itinerary and know what they would find, explorers didn't have that luxury. The words rang true.

This time I had been warned that the cave was excessively dangerous, and probably not worth exploring. Determined to investigate anyway I found the opening, a strange grassy cone that funneled down to the entrance hole.

Rappelling in I found a crumbling shaft, wreathed with bright green mosses and ferns, as I descended I passed strange ice formations that glowed in the light that filtered down from above.

As I crawled through the narrowing tunnels a rare sense of claustrophobia grew in me as dirt and gravel sprinkled down from the ceilings and walls. I began to have the sensation that the entire system was in danger of imminent collapse. After a moment of deliberation I looked down the narrow tunnel that stretched further into the darkness and turned back with the greatest of caution. I'll never know what secrets lay hidden further on, but at least I won't be one of 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