I get a feeling where "I'm due" for an outing, and I'm just not
satisfied until I get out of town and go somewhere new.
Recently, I was due. Part of it was getting out of Phoenix and
the other part was to do something fun with Mr. Link.
So, we did a little day trip the Lava River Cave in Flagstaff on
Sunday. It was fun!
We drove into Flagstaff then headed 14 miles NW on the 180
and four miles down a little dirt road after that.
This is David at the entrance of the cave.
Here's the deal with this place:
- 700,000 years old
- lava flowed through here after a volcanic eruption
- the top and sides of the flow cooled first, forming a cave
- the rest of the lava flowed through and out
- it's 35 to 45 degrees down there all year round
- it's a mile to the end and then the same mile back
- total, 100% darkness down there ... like TOTALLY black
- loggers discovered it around 1915
- and it's free to visit and explore
carried a flashlight. I took this (and the rest of these) with a
flash. Otherwise, it would have been completely black -- like
you can't see your hand in front of your face when the lights
were out kind of black. Absolute darkness. A little creepy but
in hiking boots and a jacket, but it was just surprising to see
ice in the middle of summer. No a/c needed there.
hike even though it was only a mile in and a mile out. The
ceiling would range in height from 30 feet to three feet.
(You can actually opt out of the short ceilings by taking
the other fork in the road. If you do go right toward those
low ceilings, they don't last for too long.)
Much enjoyed. After that, it was back on the road so we
could get home to let the kiddos outside. We wrapped up
the weekend with a movie at home (Curious Case of
Benjamin Button) and slept great. Good day!
David left this morning for the week in New Mexico. He will
be back Thursday night -- around 9pm. I'm excited for the